AVHI offers several services for home-buyers to allow individuals to gain needed information on the condition and soundness of their potential new home purchase.
A full home inspection starts with an ASHI certified Home Inspector arriving a few minutes early to set-up their lap top computer and printer inside. With the buyer in tow, the home inspector begins on the exterior of the home and evaluates?
- Visible portion of the foundation for signs of settlement or movement of foundation walls.
- Landscaping and its affects on the foundation, eg. Grounds sloping towards foundation walls, mulching in contact with or over the siding.
- Siding and any signs of deterioration which may lead to moisture entry into the structure.
- Doors and windows for general condition, square-ness, and evidence of moisture entry at these areas.
- Gutters and downspouts general condition, proper slope, and their ability to direct water down and away from the structure.
- Driveways, patios, decks and porch covers for their general condition, proper attachment to the home, and negative affects of slope regarding rain water diverted towards the foundation.
- The roof, its apparent age, likely remaining useful life, the materials used for roof covering and any signs of damage, improper installation and signs of moisture entry into the attic or living area.
- Chimneys, Valleys and Flashings at the roof for materials used, general condition and any signs of moisture entry into the home or living space.
- Kitchen and bathroom appliances including operation of stove tops, ovens, dishwashers.
- Testing of all faucets, fixtures, drains and toilets in all kitchens and bathrooms, looking for proper installation and any obvious signs of leaking.
- Walls, floors and ceilings for any sign of moisture intrusion, settlement or damage.
- All windows and interior doors or general condition and operation.
- Electrical system, including opening the electrical panel and evaluating circuit breakers and wiring for proper installation.
- Randomly testing outlets for polarity and grounding (safety issues pertaining to the wiring).
- Evaluation and testing of both the Heating and Cooling systems (weather permitting) for proper functioning, apparent age, and expected remaining useful life.
- Entering the attic space to evaluate the roof structure and sheathing, ventilation, insulation, chimney chase, and any visible electrical wiring.
- Basement/Crawlspace for the soundness of foundation and any evidence of movement, moisture entry, flooring framework, sub-flooring, and visible water lines and drain/waste/vent lines.
I encourage you, the homebuyer, to follow along every step of the home inspection. I’ll explain exactly what we are looking at, and looking for, pointing out the issues we find. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions, and learn valuable maintenance tips regarding your new home.
The home inspection lasts approximately 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours. I will type up a computer- generated report along with digital photographs, on site, and we will go over the results. Once you have the report and understand its content, you can then sit down with your realtor and begin the process of deciding what items you want corrected, or money set aside so you can make the appropriate repairs once you take ownership.
I am always available by cell phone after the inspection to answer questions, clarify issues pertaining to the report that often come up in the negotiations phase.
Southwest Ohio is a hot bed for termite activity. It is quite likely that a house in this area has had termite infestation or will have termites at some point in the future. I highly recommend that you have a termite inspection done at the time of the home inspection.
AVHI contracts with qualified and licensed termite inspection companies to evaluate the home and any detached structures on the property. The inspection looks for termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, carpenter bees, and other wood destroying insects. One of the reasons a wood destroying insect inspection is so valuable, is that in the event issues are found, typically it is a seller’s issue to fix. This can save the homebuyer hundreds and sometimes a thousand dollars or more.
Radon is the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil. The American Cancer Society notes that the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States behind cigarette smoke is Radon gas. A radon test can be done at the time of inspection. An electronic monitor is placed at the lowest level of livable space in a home, and left to continuously monitor the radon levels in the home for 48 hours.
The EPA advises that radon gas levels of 4.0 and below are within acceptable levels and no remediation is recommended. If the radon level is 4.01 and higher, the EPA recommends that a remediation system be installed by a licensed Radon remediation specialist. Similar to the termite issues, if radon remediation is necessary, typically this is a seller?s issue to correct. So a relatively inexpensive test, can save you hundreds of dollars down the road, if ultimately a system may be needed.