A residential property is a sizable investment. Buyers and sellers need to ensure that such properties are structurally sound. It doesn’t matter whether you need to have a property inspected before you sell it to the highest bidder or are uncertain about buying one. Confused about the different types of home inspection services available to you? Not sure if you need your home inspected right now? We can help you sort it all out!
Capital Infrared offers the following type of Residential Property Inspections:
This type of inspection is usually performed after a seller has put a property on the market, but before a potential buyer has taken possession of the property prior to the closing contract. The buyer will usually sign a contingency agreement with the seller prior to ordering this type of inspection. If a property fails to meet the buyer’s expectations as a result of the inspection, then the sale may fall through. In many cases, a Buyer’s Inspection will help both the buyer and the seller to identify damage or other problems that may exist with a property so that both parties can either renegotiate the selling price or the seller’s responsibilities to repair the property at the seller’s expense prior to the final close. Even if the seller has already performed a Seller’s Inspection, buyers should still perform their own inspections to prevent “seller’s bias” in any shape or form.
A seller usually has this type of inspection completely before a property is listed or announced for sale. The property owner will perform a Seller’s Inspection to determine what damage or other problems exist with a property in order to determine factors such as fair market value, discount values, or any pre-listing expenditure necessary to increase the value and desirability of the property.
Periodic Maintenance Inspections
This type of inspection is performed every two years to assure the health of your family and the safety of your real estate investment. Periodic Maintenance Inspections are necessary to assure the integrity of your structure in-between storms and droughts, to check the building’s integrity that may compromise by cracked beams or foundations, to visually inspect for wood-destroying insects, and more. Any of these situations can contribute to decrease home value or pose a physical risk to your family if not identified in time.
Rental/Property Management Inspections
If you own rental property, then you already understand the need to assure that your property is in tip-top shape prior to allowing renters to occupy the building. You are also aware of the need to assure that your property has not been damaged before renters vacate the property. Rental/property management inspections are designed to protect you from serious liability that can result from renting or leasing a potentially hazardous property. Additionally, a rental/property management inspection also helps you to protect your assets by identifying damage that may have potentially been caused by occupants.
This type of inspection is most-often used when a homeowner feels that a problem may exist. For example, you may want to engage in an Investigative Inspection after a severe storm, if you experience and odd smell in your home that cannot be identified, or if you notice unusual pest and insect activity. In many cases, Investigative Inspections can help homeowners to catch problems before they become an expensive or irreversible liability.
Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. The release of this radioactive gas enters the air you breathe, causing a potential health risk to you and your family. Radon gas can be found in just about anywhere. It can get into any type of building – homes, offices, and schools – and build up to high levels.
Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas. You cannot see radon and you cannot smell it or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home. This is because when you breathe air-containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Testing is the only way to find out about your home’s radon level. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing of all homes below the third floor for radon.
If you are buying a home, the EPA recommends that you obtain the radon level in the home you are considering buying. An EPA publication “The Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide” is available through most State Health Departments or Regional EPA offices listed in your local phone book. EPA also recommends that you use a certified or state licensed radon tester to perform the test. If elevated levels are found it is recommended that these levels be reduced. In most cases, a professional can accomplish this at reasonable cost or homeowner installed mitigation system that adheres to the EPA’s approved methods for reduction of radon in a residential structure.
Mold Inspections and Testing
Molds are fungi. Molds grow throughout the natural and built environment. Tiny particles of mold are present in indoor and outdoor air. In nature, molds help break down dead materials and can be found growing on soil, foods, plant matter, and other items. Molds produce microscopic cells called “spores” which are very tiny and spread easily through the air. Live spores act like seeds, forming new mold growths (colonies) when they find the right conditions.
What does mold need to grow?
Mold only needs a few simple things to grow and multiply:
- Suitable place to grow
*Of these, controlling excess moisture is the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth.
Should I be concerned about mold in my home?
Mold should not be permitted to grow and multiply indoors. When this happens, health problems can occur and building materials, goods and furnishings may be damaged.
Home Inspectors usually conduct two different types of Residential Mold Inspections. Mold Inspections are performed in accordance with the Mold Inspection Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants www.IAC2.org.
Complete Mold Inspection:
- Visual examination of the entire building, its systems and components
- Moisture, temperature, and humidity measurements
- Indoor and outdoor air samples and surface testing
Limited Mold Inspection:
- Visual examination limited to a specific, defined area of the building
- Indoor and outdoor air samples and surface testing