A home inspection can help you buy or sell your home with confidence. As trained professionals we have seen it all, and we'll provide invaluable help in making the purchase and sale transaction go smoothly. Home buyers can identify potential problems and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions that a buyer’s inspector may point out and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs before placing the home on the market. Our inspection services include:
In both new and older homes, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have a professional home inspection. We are trained to identify problem areas, both small and large, that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify what requires immediate attention. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a Realtor, it’s always a good idea to have a professional home inspection before placing your home on the market. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses: we help you understand how serious the problems are, which must be immediately addressed, and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiations. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
Mold (fungi) is present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. There are more than 100,000 species of mold, at least 1,000 of which are common in America. Species of Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus are some of the most commonly found species. Mold most likely grows in bathrooms, basements, and anywhere else where there is dampness or water. Many types of mold routinely encountered aren’t hazardous to healthy individuals. Too much exposure to mold may cause a worsening of such conditions as asthma, hay fever, or other allergies. Fevers and breathing problems in a vulnerable individual are possible but unusual. When moldy material becomes damaged or disturbed, spores, which are reproductive bodies similar to seeds, can be released into the air. Exposure can occur if people inhale the spores, directly handle moldy material, or accidentally ingest the spores. Since all molds need water to grow, mold can grow almost anywhere where there is high humidity, dampness, or water damage. Most often molds are confined to areas near the water source. Removing the source of moisture through repairs or dehumidification is crucial in preventing mold growth. Correcting underlying water damage and cleaning the affected area is the best way to treat mold. If mold contamination is extensive, a professional abatement company may be needed. Excerpts from The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Environmental & Occupational Disease Epidemiology, “Facts About Mold”.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced during the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Once the gas is released it mixes with the air you breathe. Radon cannot be detected by sight, smell, or taste and can be confirmed only by sophisticated instruments and laboratory tests. Radon is a lung carcinogen: the National Academy of Sciences estimates that radon causes some 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths annually. The U.S. Surgeon General and the EPA recommend all single family homes, duplexes, town homes, and condominiums below the third floor be tested for radon. When high levels of radon are detected in a home, there are methods to mitigate the amounts of radon in the air. See Radon FAQ.
Excerpts from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Indoor Radon”.