Home Buyers and Sellers
There are many different types of inspections or tests that can be completed on your home. Property inspectors are construction generalists – similar to your family physician. If they spot a problem they will either tell you how to treat it, or depending on the complexity of the issue, refer you to a specialist. Some of the most common inspections we perform are:
Whole House Inspections
A Whole House Inspection will cover the condition of the home’s Exterior siding and Trim; heating systems; central air conditioning systems (temperature permitting); plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, crawlspace and structural components.
Termite (WDI) Inspections
Wood Destroying Insect Inspections (WDI or simply called Termite inspections) are separate from the Whole House Inspection. A WDI inspection is frequently required by mortgage lenders and it is recommended you get one with your whole house inspection. The inspector will be specifically looking for evidence of termite, carpenter ant, carpenter bee or powder post beetle activity.
Radon Gas Testing
Radon is a naturally-occurring, radioactive gas that has been found in homes across the United States. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking). It comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe.
Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements or crawlspaces. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that every home be tested for radon gas. Radon tests take a minimum of 48 hours in residential real estate transactions.
Our Radon measurement technicians are licensed by the state of Kansas and are required to have continuing education to maintain that license. No licensing is required in Missouri.
Broken sewer lines can be a costly repair for homeowners. Any home can have a sewer line defect regardless of age, but older homes are more likely to have a problem. Since inspection of the underground sewer line is not included in the standard inspection, this type of service has become very popular. A camera is sent through the sewer line, recording it’s condition. A video and written report are both supplied.
Mold Air Sampling
Your whole house inspection will identify moisture or mold problems in the home which are visible to the naked eye. But sometimes a more in depth investigation is needed. Mold testing through air sampling can identify which strains of mold are present in a home, and in what quantities. Our laboratory will review the samples taken and provide us a detailed report and recommendation for action.
Pre-Listing (Sellers) Inspections
One of our more popular inspections is the Pre-Listing or Sellers inspection. In these inspections, we will inspect a home before it goes on the market for sale. The benefit to this inspection is that we will find issues that could potentially surprise a buyer (and seller) and make the sale more difficult. By uncovering these things ahead of time, you have the opportunity to repair ahead of the sale. No more BIG surprises. You have the choice to repair, disclose or exclude. You can also use the inspection report as a tool for the sale of the home.
We also offer commercial inspections, a variety of other system or environmental inspections, and offer special pricing for multi-family homes, condominiums, and re-inspections. Please call our office at (913) 894-5893 for additional information if you need an inspection not listed on this page.