What is a Home Inspection?
Our Home Inspections are visual evaluations of nearly 400 items of the house that affect the safety, condition and value of the home. We will take detailed notes and digital photos of all significant visible issues we encounter and provide a comprehensive Written Report upon completion. All of our Home Inspections follow the Standards of Practice (SOP) of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
What can I expect from a Home Inspection?
A typical Home Inspection will last between 2-3 hours, depending on the size and condition of the house. If you are present for the Inspection--which is highly encouraged--a brief summary of major points of emphasis will be given at the end of the Inspection, including any recommendations for further evaluation by qualified, specialized professionals for specific components, such as electrical, HVAC, plumbing, etc... Upon completion of the Inspection, we will generate a comprehensive and detailed Written Report which will be sent to you as soon as it is ready. The Written Report will typically be completed that day, or at the latest within 24 hours. Payment for services and signing of the Inspection Agreement will be necessary before the Written Report is made available.
What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that is a product of the natural decay of uranium in our rocks, soil and water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies Radon as a carcinogen--meaning, it can cause cancer. The EPA estimates that 21,000 deaths occur annually due to Radon exposure, and that 1 in 15 homes have elevated levels. Radon is typically in all of the air we breathe, even outdoors, but elevated levels are frequently found inside of our homes. Any home can have elevated levels of Radon, new or old, and in any area of the country. The only way to know the level of Radon in a home is to perform a Radon Test.
Radon Mitigation is the process of reducing Radon levels in your home. This is done with a Radon Mitigation System. A Radon Mitigation System is a physical change in the home that prevents Radon from entering and/or allows Radon to harmlessly escape once it has entered. All homes, no matter their age or condition, can be made safe from Radon using proper Mitigation techniques. The EPA estimates that most Radon Mitigation Systems cost between $800 and $2,500. Radon Mitigation requires specialized training and certification. Because of interest conflicts, Testing and Mitigation are done by different professionals.
What is Radon Mitigation?
Can't I do all of this stuff myself?
We don't advise it! Naturally, our opinion is biased, but there is sound logic behind it. Certainly, during a real estate transaction a Professional Certified Home and Radon Inspector (that's us) is called upon to provide an objective opinion that follows recognized professional protocols and standards. There's just no other way to do it. And while we applaud all DIYers, sometimes you just need to call a professional. There is absolutely no substitute for our professionalism, experience, training and knowledge. We are very good at what we do!
What if I have more questions?
Call us! Email us! We can't wait to hear from you!