Who Needs a Home Inspection? Many people are recommended to have home inspections:
If you’re buying a home.
If you’re selling a home.
If you’re buying a brand new home.
If you have a Builder’s warranty on a new home.
What are some of the desirable qualifications for a home inspector?
Belongs to associations.
Is certified with a reputable company.
Has a strong referral base.
Provides a guarantee.
Covers a broad range of items within inspection.
Has a thorough, detailed report.
Is competitively priced without cutting corners.
Why do I need an inspection if I'm selling? It is recommended you get your home inspected. This prevents you from having to make repairs or pay for repairs when you go under contract. Moreover, you receive an unbiased report you can trust and are able to even increase the value of your property before you sell it by making the necessary repairs.
Why do I need an inspection if I'm buying a home? It is generally well-known that get a home inspection before buying a resale home is a good idea. But this is in order to avoid costly repairs in the future as much as possible. This also presents you with the items to request are repaired or replaced in your Inspection Objection. Basically, it is a great way to save you money in the future!
What is a Home Inspection NOT?
Able to identify concealed or latent defects.
Concerned with aesthetics or what could be deemed matters of taste or cosmetic defects.
Able to determine the market value of the property.
Advisement of the purchase of the inspected property.
Capable of relaying the life expectancy of the property or components.
A county code inspection.
A certification of property or its components.
What is an Inspection Report?
Provides a summary of the property’s attributes—both negative and positive.
Includes photos of the property taken during the inspection.
Your report should be received within 24 to 48 hours after the inspection.
Should give you the information needed to make an informed decision regarding your perspective property.
Do I really need radon testing? Colorado is has the 7th highest radon levels out of all states in the U.S. The Surgeon General warns that radon levels above 3.9pCi/L have a high risk of causing lung cancer. How do you know if you and your family are in danger if you do not test?
What are Peace of Minds Inspections, LLC. certifications? Peace of Mind Inspections’ inspectors are all NACHI certified. NACHI (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors) is an accredited, trusted inspector certification that is world renowned. All mold and wood-destroying organism inspections are done by NACHI certified inspectors in the prospective field. Our radon technicians and installers are NRPP (National Radon Proficiency Program) certified.
Do you work weekends, holidays, or evenings? Peace of Mind Inspections, LLC. schedules 7 days a week at 8AM, 12PM, and 4PM. Our customer service and sales team are available Monday through Sunday from 7AM to 7PM.
What all is inspected in a home inspection? Peace of Mind inspectors follow the NACHI Standards of Practice, which can be found on InterNACHI website https://www.nachi.org/sop.htm. The following are some of the many items we will be inspecting:
Foundation and support structure
Electrical capacity and components
Electrical panel and sub-panels
Walks and driveways
Steps and stairs
Central Air Conditioning system
Plumbing System and Fixtures
Garages, Carports, Workshops, or other external buildings
Windows and doors
Gutters and downspouts
What IS a Home Inspection? Process: An inspector collects data on a property; this is done through visual observation, inspector measurements via equipment, and general survey of said property. This is a non-invasive process. Product: A meaningful, thorough, and extensive report about the condition, attributes, and defects of the property should be the end result. Purpose: To identify visible defects and/or conditions of a property, as well as the function and/or integrity of items, components, and systems of said property.
What questions should you ask an inspector before hiring? What are their qualifications? Are they certified? By whom? How many inspections have they done? Do they have reliable referrals and testimonials? Do they carry professional E&O insurance? What are the specifications of the guarantee, if there is one? What exactly is covered; what is not covered? Do they have an example report? How long does the inspection last? How much will the inspection cost?
Why do I need a home inspection if I'm buying a brand new home? No one is perfect, and even brand new home builders make mistakes. It is beneficial to have numerous inspections throughout the build process to prevent unsafe foundations, incorrect rough framing, faulty electrical, HVAC, and plumbing, and improper dry wall and insulation installation. It is also important to have a final inspection to ensure your home is safe and up to standards.
Why do I need one for an expiring One Year warranty? It is important to be able to present your builder with a detailed report before your One Year warranty runs out. This will give you evidence of any issues you need repaired before the warranty expires and you become liable for all issues with your home.
Who are the Best Inspectors?
Certified Master Inspectors are the best inspectors in the world.
CMI is a professional designation available to inspectors who:
Have completed 1,000 fee-paid inspections and/or hours of education (combined)
Have been in the inspection business for at least three years
Agree to abide by the inspection industry’s toughest Code of Ethics
Agree to periodic criminal background check
All CMIs are experienced, dedicated to education, and have a proven record in the inspection industry.
What is Radon? Radon is an odorless, tasteless gas which cannot be seen. But why do you care? Uranium in soils decays creating a radioactive gas – Radon – that is attributed to causing over 20,000 deaths per year (according to the EPA). Radon gas is noxious throughout the U.S.A. Your home is a trap for radon gas, allowing it to build up and preventing it from dissipating into the air naturally. Radon can enter through unsealed crawl spaces, cracks in floors and foundation, and the water supply. “This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements [are at risk for elevated radon levels].” – EPA – “A Citizen’s Guide to Radon”
Is it necessary to get high radon mitigated? Just like smoking cigarettes, it is not certain you will obtain lung cancer from high radon levels. However, a radon level above 4.0pCi/L is proven to result in lung cancer; in fact, it is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. By not mitigating high levels, you are only exponentially increasing your chances.
How long does a typical inspection last? The typical home inspection lasts between three and four hours. Commercial inspections generally last significantly longer based on size. Mold inspections last around two hours or less.
What is the standard price for a home inspection? Each inspection company comes with various qualifications, insurances, and credentials. Our home inspections range from $300 up to $700 and above; as our inspections are based off square footage, the bigger the property the more expensive the inspection. Our inspectors look at the property from top to bottom, inside and out. This is why we base pricing off square footage.