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Home Inspection

Our inspection will be a process where we visually examine the readily accessible systems and components of the  home and describe them to the client in an easily readable manner concerning their condition at the time of the Home Inspection. This inspection will adhere to the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. No warranty or guarantee is implied or offered.

Four-Point Inspection

A Four-Point Inspection is typically performed for a homeowner for insurance or mortgage company purposes. This inspection is a limited visual verification of the current condition of the Roof, AC, Heat, Plumbing, and Electrical basic components. There will be no opinion rendered on the insurability or mortgage ability of the property.  No warranty or guarantee is implied or offered.

Pre-Listing Inspection

A Pre-Listing Inspection is paid for by the seller or listing agent prior to listing the property.  This report provides the seller with a summary concerning the condition of the property at the time of inspection. This report will allow sellers to see the house through the eyes of a qualified neutral 3rd party prior to listing and showings.  Eventually buyers are going to conduct an inspection. This Pre-Listing Inspection will help the sellers and listing agent to know problem areas first.

Wind Mitigation

Wind Mitigation is the implementation of certain building techniques in order to limit damage caused by intense wind. In some areas homeowners can benefit from reduced insurance premiums if certain wind mitigation techniques have been used in their homes. Items such as  garage doors, windows, doors, roof coverings, roof shapes, roof deck attachments, roof to wall connections, and secondary water resistance are areas that wind mitigation techniques can be implemented. A qualified Home Inspector can determine which improvements are present or necessary. I am currently pursuing certification for wind mitigation inspection.

Energy  Inspection

The Energy Inspection can be done as part of a general Home Inspection or as a stand alone inspection. The inspector must generate a Home Energy Report. To do this the inspector must collect data on about 40 points in the home related to energy. This report will compute the home’s energy use and generate a list of energy saving upgrade recommendations. The recommendations are ordered according to how quickly they will pay back on the homeowner’s investment. A qualified Home Energy Inspector can provide you with this Report. A Home Energy Score Assessor can produce a Home Energy Score for your home. A home with a score of 6 or higher can qualify for higher loan mortgages. I am currently pursuing certification for Home Energy Inspection and also Home Energy Score Assessor.

Home Maintenance Inspection

This Inspection is for home owners who would like to stay ahead of problems on their existing properties. The inspection procedure is the same procedure used to perform a general Home Inspection and the cost is the same. The inspection gives you an up to date report on the condition of your home but it also includes recommendations for maintenance items on your home.

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DUAL-FUEL OR "PIGGYBACK" HEAT PUMP
I recently performed a Home Inspection for a client and I saw something that you do not see much of in our area. The heating and cooling system was a Dual-Fuel Heat Pump with a gas Furnace or a "Piggy Back" Heating System. Here is how it works. The AC works just as any AC Split system heat pump would work. The AC condenser comes on and pumps the cold freon into a coil located inside of the furnace. In this case the furnace was a horizontal gas furnace located in the attic. The air flows over the cold coil and that is how you get the cold air delivered inside of the home. In the winter time the Heat pump reverses that theory and pumps the warm freon into the same coil located inside the furnace. The air flows over the coil and warm air is delivered to the inside of the home. There are also auxiliary electric heat strips located in a regular heat pump to provide additional heat to the house when the temperature is too cold for the Heat Pump to heat the house adequately. On this Dual Fuel Heat Pump The auxiliary heat is a Gas Furnace. When the temperature gets too cold for the Heat Pump to heat the house, a outside sensor/thermostat will shut down the Heat Pump and fire up the Gas Furnace to heat the house. When the temperature outside raises to a level that the Heat Pump can handle, the sensor/thermostat shuts down the Gas Furnace and turns the Heat Pump back on. The theory is that this cost to heat the home by using Gas Heat as opposed to Electric Heat Strips is cheaper when unit requires auxiliary heat to heat the residence.
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Should New Homes have a Home Inspection?

I recently performed a Home Inspection on a Newly Constructed Home. During the Inspection I tested the water pressure on the house just as I do during all Home Inspections. The highest my gauge measures is 100 and the pressure pegged the gauge at 100 PSI when i tested it. The water pressure on most of the homes I inspect measure much less. I retested it and got the same reading. When I left the house I called the Water Company and asked them if that was typical pressure for that neighborhood. The Water Company sent a tech out to recheck it and found that it was measuring 100 PSI. They also said that they install pressure reducing valves on all of the services in that neighborhood when they install the meters. Apparently the reducing valve had been removed when hooking up the line from the meter to the house. I informed my client in my report and they advised the builder to have it repaired. I have seen water lines blow out fittings at this pressure before. Discovering this issue and having it repaired probably saved a lot of aggravation and money for the homeowner and the builder in the future. This is one of many examples I have experienced when inspecting Newly Constructed Homes.
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