A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of a residential dwelling, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling. While no report type is specified as a requirement to satisfy NYS, Grass To Gable supplies a comprehensive easy to read report for every inspection performed, I pride myself on putting out the best reports in the capital region.
Our Full Inspections include:
roof, vents, flashings and trim;
gutters and downspouts;
skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations;
decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings;
eaves, soffits and fascia;
grading and drainage;
basement, foundation and crawlspace;
water penetration and foundation movement;
main water shut-off valve;
water heating system;
interior plumbing fixtures and faucets;
drainage sump pumps with accessible floats;
electrical service line and meter box;
main disconnect and service amperage;
electrical panel(s), breakers and fuses;
grounding and bonding;
GFCIs and AFCIs;
fireplace damper door and hearth;
insulation and ventilation;
garage doors, safety sensors and openers;
and much more.
Review our Standards of Practice at www.nachi.org/sop.htm for complete details.
Download our sample report.
Structural Home Inspection
Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways, such as:
It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that ...
Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy Permit.
You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
It helps you to price your home realistically.
It may relieve prospects' concerns and suspicions.
It may encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.
It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
In addition to the inspection the EPA recommends that you test your home for radon before putting it on the market and, if necessary, lower your radon levels. Save the test results and all information you have about steps that were taken to fix any problems. This could be a positive selling point. (See ancillary services)
New construction homes typically come with a “One Year Limited Warranty” from the contractor.
Some items listed under this warranty may or may not be visible to the inexperienced eye. Some of the more common items generally are revealed during this type of inspection and may include:
improper wiring of electrical receptacles, switches and/or fixtures.
Many of these issues can be resolved relatively easy if corrected in a timely manner, but if left unresolved and/or undetected may turn into expensive costly repairs for you, the homeowner.
Let Grass to Gable Home Inspections assist you in finding items that need to be corrected and/or addressed. We act as your second set of eyes to notice things that you may have not noticed or have overlooked in your daily routine. We then provide you with the documentation you may need in order to process your repair request. Give us a call prior to the expiration of your "builder's warranty", a small investment in an inspection now could save you from paying for repairs after your warranty expires!
New Construction Warranty Inspection
We offer many ancillary services to compliment your home inspection, some of these services include:
You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it still may be a problem in your home.
Testing is the only way to find out your home's radon levels. We'll leave two small canisters behind following the inspection and pick them up two days later, they'll be shipped off to a testing facility for verification of radon levels.
Well Flow Testing:
A well flow test consists of running water for a period of time to determine if the well has enough water to adequately supply the home. Well flow tests are typically required for FHA loans, but are highly recommended for any home with a well.
Water Quality Testing
Water quality testing is recommended for any home with well water supply. A water sample will be taken and tested at a local lab for a number of bacterial and contaminants.
Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) Inspection
Thorough inspection for any wood destroying insect damage and/or activity past or present.
Annual Maintenance Check-Up
Whether you need help building a maintenance list, prioritizing, or would just like a thorough review of your home's current condition, give Grass To Gable a call. We've got the experience and knowledge to help you keep your home in "tip-top" shape!