Buyers’ Home Inspections
You can only ask your realtor or seller so much. And if the seller didn’t get a pre-listing inspection, even they may not be fully aware of the current condition of the property. We provide a comprehensive visual examination of the property and evaluate its overall condition for you. Your home inspector will identify any safety issues, components that need repair or replacement, and items that are okay for now but should be monitored in the future.
Our inspections include these areas of a home:
- Roofing System
- Basement, Foundation & Crawl Spaces
- Structural Integrity
- Plumbing Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Heating & Central Air Conditioning
- Attic, Insulation, & Ventilation
- Chimneys & Fireplaces
- Exterior (doors, windows, cladding)
- Interior (doors, windows, floors, walls, ceilings, stairs)
- Built-in Kitchen Appliances
- Decks, Porches & Patios
- Attached Garage & Carport
- Driveways & Walkways
- Site Grading & Drainage
- Special knowledge of Log Homes
The Inspection Report:
You will receive a detailed and easy-to-read digital inspection report within 24 hours. Reports are prepared using comprehensive, cutting-edge home inspection software and can be viewed on any computer or mobile device. Your report will summarize the property’s strengths and weaknesses, with embedded color photos, explanations and recommendations.
We’re proud to follow InterNACHI’s strict Standards of Practice to ensure that we are delivering an inspection you can rely on.
Additional Home Inspection Services
WATER QUALITY TESTING
If the home you’re looking to buy has a private well, the Vermont Department of Health recommends that drinking water be tested for contamination once a year to ensure that it is safe to drink. We can take care of the water quality testing process as part of your general home inspection.
There are a number of water test options available, depending on how thorough you would like the testing to be. We can provide you with a short menu of test packages to choose from. You will also find some basic information about well water testing at Groundwater.org.
Radon is a naturally-occurring, odorless, radioactive gas found under the ground that can enter the home through cracks in your concrete or dirt basement floor. It is a known carcinogen. One in seven Vermont homes has unhealthy levels of radon gas. There is no way of knowing if radon is present in your home unless you test for it.
The good news is that radon is something that can usually be addressed if it is found to be present at unsafe levels. We can perform a simple test to determine if the radon level in your home is currently safe, to help put your mind at ease and protect the members of your household. To learn more about radon, link to The Homeowners Guide to Radon.
NEW HOMEOWNERS’ INSPECTION & IMPROVEMENT PLAN
This inspection package is designed specifically for buyers who waived a home inspection when buying their home. Now that you have moved in, we’ll help you identify and prioritize components that need repair or replacement, as well as any safety concerns that should be addressed. You’ll also get a thorough orientation to how the systems in the home work and what to do in case something goes wrong.
This package includes Seasonal Homeowners Checklists and the 96-page homeowners handbook, “Now That You’ve Had A Home Inspection”. Learn how you can protect your investment and budget for the future.
BUYERS’ PROPERTY SHOWING INSPECTION
If you think you may need to waive a full home inspection in order to get a purchase contract, this limited-scope inspection is designed specifically for 30-minute property showings at homes that are at the top of your list. The goal is to rule out major defects and potential high-ticket items so that you can have the confidence to make a winning offer.
The focus of this walk-through inspection is on “The 3 S’s” — Structure, Systems & Safety. Priority items are plumbing, electrical, structural, roofing and heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems. You’ll also earn a $75 credit towards a New Homeowners Inspection & Improvement Plan for you to use if your home purchase is successful.
FOR SELLERS: PRE-LISTING INSPECTION
While home inspections are typically used by homebuyers, sellers also have a lot riding on the results. Renegotiations after a buyer’s inspection may result in you needing to make repairs, accept a lower price or, if more serious issues are discovered, losing the deal altogether.
Put yourself in a stronger position to maximize your selling price and ensure a smoother sales transaction, by having a Move-In Certified home inspection performed before listing it on the market. If you choose to make repairs or improvements before listing, you’ll make the home more attractive to buyers. Avoid surprises and sell with confidence.
HOME MAINTENCE INSPECTION
It’s easy to overlook gradual changes when you live in a place day after day. So it’s a good idea to have a trained eye take a closer look at the condition of your home every few years. Like a health check-up, catching issues early can keep little problems from turning into big problems.
A home inspector is not trying to sell you any repair services. What we provide is a thorough and unbiased evaluation of the condition of your home, including the structure and main systems and with a special focus on any safety concerns. We’ll discuss repair, maintenance and improvement priorities, to help you budget your time and protect your investment.