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 (WHI)
A Whole House Inspection will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. Unless there are signs of an obvious issue or you have particular concerns (such as mold allergies) then it’s okay to wait until the inspector completes the whole house inspection before you schedule appointments with specialists such as structural engineers, chimney sweeps, etc.
Termite inspections are separate from the Whole House Inspection. A termite inspection is frequently required by mortgage lenders and it is recommended you get one with your whole house inspection.
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. 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.
Broken sewer lines can be a costly repair for homeowners. If a home 40+ years old we recommend the sewers be scoped (a video recording is taken of the condition of the interior of the sewer line) or if you have a specific concern.
Canine Mold Testing
Your whole house inspection will identify moisture or mold problems in the home which are visible to the naked eye. Canine mold inspections are similar to visual inspections but utilize specially-trained dogs to identify areas where mold is present but may not be visible. These super-sniffers use their highly sensitive olfactory senses and have a reported 97% accuracy rate.
Mold Air Sampling
Some individuals can be very sensitive to specific mold strains, and some strains are known to be more harmful to humans than others. Mold testing through air sampling can identify which strains of mold are present in a home, and in what quantities.
We also offer 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.