A HOME INSPECTION is an examination of a real estate property's condition, usually performed in connection with the property's sale. A qualified home inspector will assess the condition of a property's roof, foundation, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, electrical work, water and sewage, and some fire and safety issues. In addition, the home inspector will look for evidence of insect, water or fire damage or any other issue that may affect the value of the property.
A WINDSTORM INSPECTION, also referred to as a windstorm mitigation inspection, windstorm insurance inspection or "wind mitigation inspection", is a kind of home inspection common in the coastal areas of the Southeastern United States. The purpose of a windstorm inspection is to determine the appropriateness of a given structure's construction in the event of strong winds, such as those present in a hurricane.
A FOUR POINT INSPECTION focuses only on four main areas of interest in a home:
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning),Electrical wiring and panels,Plumbing connections and fixtures and Roof.
A ROOF CERTIFICATION is a statement of opinion by a verifiable licensed professional who deems the roof has a life expectancy of up to 3 years. Over time, the materials used for the roof are exposed to high temperatures causing damage to the roof material from the expansion and contraction by changes in temperature from morning to night and in changing seasons. This expansion and contraction in the roof material is the cause of damage in the majority of roofs, which vary depending on the sun, rain and the winds. This gives most roofs only a life of between 20 to 30 years. This means a roof should be reviewed or inspected at least once a year. The roof life depends on the area and location of the property which means that some roofs approaching 15 years old are ready to have the material replaced.
A MOLD INSPECTION refers to the process of assessing whether there is or has been undesirable mold growth in a building. Mold inspections may include a questionnaire about the building history, symptoms observed with the building occupants, a visual inspection, and mold testing.
CHINESE DRYWALL refers to an environmental health issue involving defective drywall manufactured in China and imported to the United States starting in 2001. Laboratory tests of samples for volatile chemicals have identified emissions of the sulfurous gases carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, and hydrogen sulfide. These emissions, which have the odor of rotten eggs, worsen as temperature and humidity rise and cause copper surfaces to turn black and powdery, a chemical process indicative of reaction with hydrogen sulfide. Copper pipes, wiring, and air conditioner coils are affected, as well as silver jewelry. Homeowners have reported a variety of symptoms, including respiratory problems such as asthma attacks, chronic coughing and difficulty breathing, as well as chronic headaches and sinus issues..
● WATER QUALITY TESTING - Testing for one or more of the following: toxic metals, volatile organic compounds, bacteria, lead, herbicides and pesticides.
● ALLERGEN DUST SAMPLE - The purpose of sampling, is to collect samples for lab analysis and to determine what type of allergen is present. To assess the type of allergen in the home, a dust sample is collected from a carpet/rug, couch/sofa or a mattress.
● Bed Bug DNA- DNA is the only sure way to know if bed bugs are present. Normal bed bugs feed every 4 to 10 days, but may wait weeks or longer. Being nocturnal, bed bugs return to the security of a dark, cool hiding place immediately after feeding, and remain there until it is time to feed again. Bed bugs may only be visible for several minutes each week.