I will prepare your home inspection reports with easy-to-read details on
- The condition of every major component from the roof to the basement
- Major and minor deficiencies
- Any major expenditures necessary
- What to watch out for
- Helpful home preservation tips
- Safety concerns
- And much more
I will review the detailed report with you to make sure you understand everything and answer any remaining questions you may have.
List of Services
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested for the presence of radon. J Guyer Home Inspections is a qualified radon testing service, having completed the Radon Measurement Operator Proficiency course. We use measuring devices that are placed in the lowest level of the residence for a period of 48 hours, with the results available at the end of the test.
To learn more about radon and view a citizens guide to radon, go to www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html or view the Home Buyer or Seller's Guide at www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/hmbyguid.html
Septic Dye Testing
The purpose of a septic dye test is to determine leaks or inadequacies in the septic system, thus indicating the need for repairs or alterations. A strong but non-toxic and non-staining dye is introduced into the system, typically through a toilet or sink. As water is run through the system, the dye will create a visible trace of any possible seepage or discharge from the septic system to the surface. The dye also determines if the septic system can handle the volume of waste that is currently being put through it.
Well Flow Testing
Well Flow Test is often done when property changes hands. A well flow test tells you the yield or gallons per minute (GPM) of the well and if it pumps water continuously for hours on end or not.
In order to conduct a well flow test, the technician will try to determine the static water level in the well. This is the level of the water surface when no water is being withdrawn. Once the static water level has been determined, pumping begins – while water is being pumped out of the well, the water level will drop. The level that it drops to is called the pumping level, and the distance between the static level and the pumping level is the drawdown.
Gas Leak Detection
Because you can’t really see or smell gas leaks, it's fairly easy to overlook these types of leaks. Although combustible gas has an offensive odorant added to it to help detect the smell when a leak occurs, electronic gas analyzers should be used to detect leakage indoors. During a Gas Leak test, J Guyer Home Inspections will utilize instruments that identify small leaks at their source. Although most gas leaks are small, the continuous leaking indoors will be inhaled by those living within the home.
Refigerant Leak Detection
By far the most popular method of leak detection is the use of chemical UV dyes, where a dye is inserted into the refrigerant system by itself, mixed with a small charge of refrigerant, or with a light quantity of refrigerant oil. A black light and/or special goggles are used to see the dye glowing at the leak location.
A home inspection is a visual process where all of the items typically used within a home are tested and/or operated to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are opened and closed, roofing materials inspected, air-conditioning and heating systems operated. The Inspector will fill the sinks and tub(s), run the shower(s), and flush the toilets. All the while making notes on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion a report will be distributed to you.
New Construction Inspections
New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk through with the Builder's Customer Service Representative or Superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the Builder depending on the Builder's policy. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before your final walk through with the Builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. At the conclusion of the inspection a completed report will be distributed to you.
Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspections
Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your 1-year Builder Warranty. The inspection will be performed to verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection along with digital photos taken as needed for inaccessible areas.
Investor Property Inspections
Includes Multi-Unit Housing
Investor property inspections are performed prior to purchase as well as periodically during ownership. Pre-purchase inspections are performed to identify defects prior to taking ownership to negotiate repairs or price adjustments which reflect the condition of the property. Periodic inspections for properties currently in your portfolio would ensure the identification of needed repairs following say a long term tenant's departure. Long-term tenants sometimes neglect to mention repairs and/or abuse the property during their tenancy. Identifying those problems early is the key to profitable ownership.
Seller Certified Home Program (Pre-Listing Inspect
Listing inspections are very good for the homeowner who may not be in tune with the condition of their home. A great many sales are cancelled due to the buyer's shock at the "functional condition" of the home. It may look great, but have serious technical, safety, or functional issues present without the owner's knowledge. Having the home inspected prior to placing on the market is the ideal way to identify and either repair or disclose the issue found in the Inspection Report. Obviously, repairing the items would be the most beneficial towards completing the sale. However, there may be financial reasons where the owner can't make the repairs. Disclosing them up front and pricing the home based upon that disclosure will often times produce a higher net sales price for the owner.