Standard (General) Home Inspection
As part of a Standard (General) Inspection we will inspect for the following using non-destructive techniques only:
- Moisture Intrusion
- Anything that can pose a safety hazard now or potentially in the future
- Anything that may cause the client to experience difficulty insuring the property, or may result in increased insurance premiums
- Anything current that may be a legitimate concern to potential buyers in the future
For residences see the InterNACHI website for a complete breakdown of what is covered and what is not covered under a Standard (General) Home Inspection. For commercial properties see InterNACHI Commercial Standards Of Practice for what is included and what is not. Note also that all home inspections are a snapshot in time. So, issues that are not present at the time of inspection cannot commented on.
Other Home Inspections
- Pre-Listing (Seller’s)Home Inspection
- Pre-Closing (Buyer’s) Home Inspection
- Maintenance Home Inspection
Pre-Listing and Pre-Closing Inspections are both Standard inspections as described above. The only differentiating factor is at what stage of the real estate transaction process either is done. A Pre-listing is usually requested by the seller, while a Pre-closing is requested by the buyer. We do both.
Maintenance Inspections are not very often requested. This type inspection is often requested by the current owners/occupants to find out the current condition of the home, so they maybe made aware of any situation that may need attention.
Some Home inspections firms do thermal imaging as an added service and charge an incremental fee upon their normal fee to do so. Currently, we do some thermal imaging on all our inspections unless climatic conditions renders its use not applicable. However, this does not mean we do thermal scans of the entire building on a Standard Home Inspection. Therefore this service is included in the fee paid for any inspection done by us. We do thermal imaging in the usual areas that are frequently associated with leakage issues.
Thermal imaging is a powerful tool used in home inspections. It helps an inspector to identify areas that may have some potential problems by detecting temperature differences between adjacent surfaces. This technology has helped many home owners in saving thousands of dollars by directing inspectors to areas of concern. Below is a very short list of some the areas where thermal imagery have been proven to be of great benefit:
- Helps in identifying areas of air leakage or insulation problems within the building envelope
- Helps in identify areas of moisture issues such as moisture intrusion
- Helps in identifying electrical problems like overloaded circuits or poor electrical terminations that end up arcing
Each of the 3 areas listed can be expanded into an additional 5 to 10. So in reality, thermal imaging can potentially help to identify numerous issues throughout home. Some with very serious consequences if missed, or not addressed. To further highlight the value of this tool, see the breakdown of issues and the consequences below:
|1. Air leakage within the building envelope||High heating and cooling costs|
|2. Moisture intrusion||Mold; damage to finishings; damage to structural elements (can be serious)|
|3. Electrical problems||Fire|
To see an example of what a thermal image can find or illustrate, click on Our Reporting System (under the About tab), or just click here.
We do 1, 3 and 7 year warranty inspection services on new homes.
We inspect and offer the recall check service on those homes appliances that are either an integral part of the home, or a part of the home`s mechanical system. Examples of these would be furnace, and air conditioner. We do not inspect home appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, microwave ovens, washers and dryers. However, we can include them in the RecallCheck service as a benefit to our clients. We do this because all that is required to do so is the collection of the relevant data from the appliance in question. Please watch the video below to see how RecallCheck works.
Should you require us to re-inspect a component or system of the home that has previously been found deficient, which has now been corrected, we can certainly do this. Because the magnitude of any such repairs can vary very widely, the applicable re-inspection fee would have to be negotiated on a case by case basis. The term Re-Inspection applies only to properties previously inspected by Qualitex Home Inspection.