Northern Virginia, DC Home Inspections
PRE-PURCHASE RESIDENTIAL INSPECTION
Our inspectors are very thorough and provide a tremendous amount of information both during the inspection and in the report. We will conduct a detailed structural and mechanical inspection and provide comprehensive reporting including digital photographs. Not only will you receive a Summary report onsite, but we will also email a full report later the same day.
NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS
Just like inspections for existing homes, it is equally important to inspect new construction properties…maybe even more important. There are three phases of New Construction Inspections.
You will receive a report at the end of each phase.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY INSPECTION
Builders Warranty Inspection – This inspection is designed to help home-buyers who have been in their newly constructed home less than one year and are scheduled to provide their builder with their first anniversary list of items in need of warranty repair or replacement
SELLER’S ADVANTAGE INSPECTION
In today’s market, it is especially important to have an edge when selling your home.
We will perform a comprehensive structural and mechanical inspection of your home and provide you with detailed reporting on all the major systems and components.
After the inspection we will provide a one hour consultation to go over all your repair options with you. Once those repairs are complete, we will return to your home and certify those repairs.
Are you having a roof leak or just want to know if you need to budget for future repairs? We can help and there’s no need for a full home inspection!
Unlike a complete home inspection which is over 500 points, this is a limited 5 point inspection designed to help investors to make a sound business decision.
Worried about the condition of your deck? Some contractors will give you repair cost estimates that include services you may not need. We can give you all the information you need to decide which repairs are for you!
Do you have cracks in your foundation that concern you? Let us help you to decide if you need to spend money on a structural engineer or if you have simple settling cracks.
ANNUAL HOA ARCHITECTURAL INSPECTION
We work with local property management companies to perform annual ACC (Architectural Control Committee) inspections for local Home Owners Associations. Whether the community is large or small, we can provide an independent assessment of the condition of the homes and whether they are in violation of HOA ACC guidelines.
WATER INTRUSION INSPECTION
Moist basement? Stains on your ceiling? Worried that these might lead to larger problems? Let us help you determine what is causing these conditions to decide the best course of action for resolution!
FINAL WALK-THROUGH ASSISTANCE
It is very important when buying a home that you conduct a final walk through of your property shortly before settlement to make sure everything is in order. We can help you to quickly understand condition of your property before you take possession. If there have been repairs made, we can assess the correctness of these repairs.
Call us for more information on our commercial inspection services.
Bundled pricing available!
Does your home have a shed; pool house, guest cottage, barn or workshop? We can inspect any and all of the additional structures during our inspection appointment.
Most lenders today require termite inspection, so even if you think you don’t have termites, or if the home has been recently treated, check with your realtor to find out if a termite inspection is required.
LEAD BASED PAINT TESTING
In 1978, Lead Based Paint was banned in the US. However, paint manufacturers were allowed to sell off their existing inventory. Which really means that lead based paint could have been used in new homes until around 1980. All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint. However, it is the deterioration of this paint that causes potential problems. The EPA now has stringent guidelines for Lead Containment on all construction, whether it’s being performed by a Class A contractor or by the home owner. You should know before you begin a construction or remodeling project what you will be faced with during construction.
Asbestos can exist in older homes in the flooring, insulation, roofing, siding and many other places. It’s important to know if you have asbestos in your home! Here is some information provided by the EPA about Asbestos.
POOLS & SPAS
IRRIGATION SPRINKLER INSPECTIONS
If your home has an irrigation system installed we can tell you if it’s functioning. We have several levels to best suit your particular system from a single zone, 2-5 zones, 6-10 zones and beyond.
Whether you’re trying to conserve cash flow during the real estate transaction, or have seller closing costs to spend, many of our services are eligible for deferred billing. This means that we will send our invoice to the title company, who will add our invoice to the HUD-1 statement, withhold funds at settlement and issue us a check shortly thereafter. Additional fees may apply.
GAS LINE LEAK TEST
If your home has a gas fireplace, stove, furnace or anything else, there’s a possibility that the gas pipes may have a leak. Only major leaks can be detected by the human nose, so it’s important to have a simple, low cost, test performed. Our gas sniffer equipment is very sensitive and can detect even minute traces of gas in your home.
Winterization is commonly used to protect properties without utilities. De-winterization will need to be performed before the inspection. We can help with this, however, it’s very important that all the utilities are turned on by the seller before we arrive.