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. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home, as identified and agreed to by the Client and Inspector, prior to the inspection process.
Home Inspections are not warranties. A warranty is a policy sold to the buyer that warrants that specific items in the home are in sound condition and will remain in sound condition for a specified period of time.
It can be much more advantageous to the seller to engage the service of a professional home inspector before placing the property up for sale. Even the accumulation of many small, common maintenance issues, can make buyers feel like the house has not been cared for.
A pre-listing home inspection can identify these items before your house is inspected by the buyer. You are more than likely going to have to address safety issues before you sell. It makes sense to take care of those issues before they cost you a potential sale.
To protect yourself before your new home warranty expires, Humane Home Inspections will inspect your new house prior to your final walk through. The same inspection will be repeated 11 months into your ownership of the property.
You will receive a complete documented inspection report that details the defects within your new house. This document can be brought to your builder as to what items should be considered for repair prior to expiration of your new home warranty.
Radon is a colorless and odorless gas. It's a known carcinogen. The gas comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. Radon gas typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Exposure to elevated levels of radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Radon is present in all homes to some degree. The only way to be sure what the level is in your home is to test for it. Since Radon levels fluctuate with the season and weather conditions it is recommended that repeat testing be done annually. The EPA recommends homes be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, EPA also recommends that Americans consider fixing their home for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. The average Radon concentration in the indoor air of American homes is 1.3 pCi/L.
A well flow test is a test to determine if the well has enough water to supply a family of 4 people living in a house. A well flor test also determines if there is a problem with the well or its associated equipment. The well flow test consists of running water a significant amount of water for a set period of time. Generally the test parameters are 1-hour of running water at the rate of 3 gallons per minute. Measurements are taken every 15 minutes to calculate an average flow rate. The well flow test does not guaranty or warranty the well, or the condition of the well or related components. The only test that does is a recovery test, which can only be performed by a qualified well contractor.
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