Buying a home, while exciting, can also be confusing and overwhelming; a home inspection is absolutely necessary. A home inspection allows you to make an informed decision about one the largest investments you will make in your life time. We will help you to make a well informed decision. We strongly encourage the home buyer to attend the inspection so that we may point out maintenance items and details of the home.
Our computerized reports cover all aspects of the inspection, with photographs of any defects or maintenance items and include a maintenance guideline and home owner’s guide. Our inspections also include our availability to answer your questions on your home as long as you own it.
A Home Maintenance Evaluation is designed for the current home owner looking to asses the condition of their property in order to perform necessary maintenance and curtail the potential for critical problems. A Home Maintenance Evaluation can help keep costs of future maintenance down and increase the value of your home by addressing maintenance issues before they become major problems.
As a home ages, it will require care in a variety of ways; after a Home Maintenance Evaluation the home owner can then decide what actions to take and when to take them. The inspection may expose potential critical problem areas prior to the problem causing damage and costing additional time and money.
A Home Maintenance Evaluation is as detailed as a pre-purchase inspection and just as important. Ultimately, a home maintenance review every two years can save time and money.
If you have been in your home for more than two years and hope to be there for years to come, consider scheduling a Home Maintenance Evaluation.mers into loyal ones.
A Pre Sale inspection is quite important in today’s market, as it gives you a marketable edge over other sellers. A Pre Sale Inspection covers the exact same components and systems of a home that a Buyer’s Home Inspection does, giving you a full current condition of your house, detailing defective items that warrant repair and maintenance items that need attention. This allows you the opportunity to take care of maintenance items before an offer is received, giving you the chance to shop for the best price and quality for the work needed. This advantage can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars as you are not trying to find contractors at the last minute to meet a closing deadline. The evaluation also can help you properly adjust the pricing of your home to account for items that are disclosed but not repaired.
A Pre Sale Inspection shows buyers that you are serious about selling your home and care about condition of the home. It can help with a smoother closing, as there should be no major surprises during the buyer’s inspection.
At About Your Home, we use the best Radon Monitoring devices in the industry, 48 – hour continuous monitoring systems from Sun Nuclear. These instruments are calibrated and reviewed for efficiency.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed from the radioactive decay of Uranium found in rock and soil. Radon gas rises freely through loose gravel, cracks and fissures underground, finding its way into homes and buildings. When air pressure inside a building is lower than air pressure outside of a building, the building acts as a vacuum pulling radon gas in through concrete pores, cracks and openings around piping and joints. Elevated radon levels and long term exposure in a home or building are considered health hazards.
Radon is indiscriminant; it can be in any type of home – old, new, drafty, well insulated, basement or no basement. Levels vary from house to house, testing your home is the only way to determine if your radon levels are considered safe or require mitigation.
“Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods of time can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.”–U.S. Surgeon Gen’l Carmona, January 13, 2005
Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, therefore; radon collection devices are needed to detect potentially harmful concentration levels in a home.
The U.S. EPA suggests that indoor radon levels should be reduced below the action level of 4pCi/L. A picoCurie (pCi) is a unit of radioactivity corresponding to an average of one decay every 27 seconds in a volume of one liter (L) of air.
If a short term test of 4 pCi/L or higher is confirmed, mitigation steps should be taken to reduce the radon level in the home.
A mitigation system should be installed by a properly licensed mitigation company. The average cost for a radon mitigation system in a home is between $800 - $1,200.
**Information provided by Sun Nuclear Corporation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
We will inspect your commercial property with the same attention and thoroughness that we offer in our Home Inspections.