Products & ServicesALL N ONE Home Inspections we offer three core services for individuals and Real Estate Agents.
- Whole House Inspections - $305
- Termites Inspections - $75
- Radon Testing - $120
This is a brief overview of the what the inspection covers.
EXTERIOR/GROUNDS: This portion of the inspection covers the portion of the structure exposed to the
environment, including doors, decks, balconies, stoops, etc. Siding and trim are evaluated for problems and rot. Flashing around openings are inspected. The condition of painted surfaces is looked at to ensure no exposed untreated wood is present. Drives and walkways leading to the structure are checked. Furthermore, the exterior electrical components related to the structure are evaluated during this portion as are the exterior hose bibs.
Additional site characteristics that may affect the structure are also handled during this portion. Soil slope around the foundation, retaining walls that may affect the structure, vegetation enchroachment on siding and soil clearance to wood are all evaluated.
ROOF/ATTIC: This is a detailed inspection of the roof covering, including penetrations through it. The roof covering is examined for type, layers and condition. All penetrations are checked for proper flashing. Whenever possible and safe, the roof is walked on to get an up close look. While examining the roof, the drainage system, including guttering, is examined as well.
After the roof, it's off to the attic. Proper insulation depth is evaluated. The space is checked for proper ventilation. The areas of penetration and other areas are checked for any leakage.
STRUCTURAL: The structural inspection includes items that ensure the home remains standing. The foundation, basement/crawl space, structural framing and beams and posts are all evaluated. The structural wood components are evaluated for rot where suspected.
INTERIOR: During this portion all floors, ceilings and walls are inspected, excluding finish coverings. Doors and windows are checked for operation and deficiencies. Stairways, including handrails and baluster spacing, are all checked. Garage doors and opener operation are checked.
FIREPLACES/SOLID FUEL BURNING APPLIANCES: When applicable, this evaluation is included.
Chimneys are checked for proper height and signs of instability. Proper fire safety clearances are looked at. Operational dampers and operation of any gas valves are included as well.
HEATING SYSTEM: The installed heating equipment is inspected. Vent systems and flues are checked for proper installation. Filters are checked. The system is operated to ensure proper function.
AIR CONDITIONING: Installed central air conditioning and through-the-wall systems are checked for proper installation. Air temperatures are measured and evaluated to determine if the system is performing as intended. Air conditioning lines and penetration points are checked.
ELECTRICAL: The elctrical service is often a sensitive area for home buyers. The electrical section of the inspection is in-depth. The incoming service is evaluated for proper installation and clearances. All accessible panels are opened up. The conductors are checked for proper sizing, installation and type. All GFCIs are operated to ensure proper function. Outlets and all light switches are operated. Outlets are checked for correct wiring and grounding when applicable.
PLUMBING: The plumbing includes gas piping, water supply, waste disposal and venting piping.
Components are evaluated for proper support. Water and gas shutoffs are identified. The water heater and any associated fuel supply and venting components are inspected. Functional flow, proper water pressure and functional drainage are all evaluated. Any sump pumps present are tested and the associated piping checked for correct installation.
General Radon Information
Radon is a carcinogenic gas that is hazardous to inhale. Build-up of radon in homes is a health concern and many lung cancer cases are attributed to radon exposure each year. About 12% of lung cancers and more than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year. The Surgeon General of the United States has issued a Health Advisory warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air. The Surgeon General urged Americans to test their homes to find out how much radon they might be breathing. He also stressed the need to remedy the problem as soon as possible.
You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it still may be a problem in your home. 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 today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Testing is the only way to find out your home's radon levels
EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Radon has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home can trap radon inside. Radon can also enter your home through well water. If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
Useful Termite Information
Typical signs of termite infestations include swarming of winged adults in the spring (March, April, May, and June) and occasionally autumn (September and October). A "swarm" is a group of adult male and female reproductives that leave their nest to establish a new colony. Swarming occurs when a colony reaches a certain size. Emergence is stimulated when temperature and moisture conditions are favorable, usually on warm days following rainfall. Other signs of termite presence include "pencil-size" mud tubes constructed over the surface of foundation walls, mud protruding from cracks between boards and beams, and hollow sounds from infested wood when it is tapped, or extreme softness when probed with a knife. Termites feed slowly and there is no need to panic. A few weeks or months may be needed to determine whether the infestation is a do-it-yourself treatment or one that is complex, requiring a commercial, licensed pest control firm. Consider getting two to three estimates, and be cautious of price quotes that are substantially lower or higher than the others.