If you’re buying…

A home inspection will be able to put your mind at ease as a buyer of a new investment. You will be able to have all of your questions answered about your new home and learn tips along the way about the upkeep. The inspection report will be able to give you the means to negotiate with the seller to fix costly repairs prior to closing so you can enjoy your new home without the worry; opt-out of the sale if there are too many repairs that will not be affordable to you and your family; and even give you tips on how to keep up and maintain your new home. If you are not familiar with homes, the inspection process may teach you how to operate key components in your home and show you where they are located.

If you’re selling…

A home inspection could help you sell your home faster by providing the buyer with the hidden information they are looking for and by giving you the information the buyer will come to the table with to negotiate. It will give you the opportunity to find out problems before your buyer does and will provide you with the proper disclosures. The inspection may even allow you to increase the price by fixing problems prior to listing your home.

If you own a home…

It is crucial to have a home inspection completed every 2 years and after any inclement weather. Houses, just like us, need checkups. There may be unnoticeable issues going on that could result in unwanted damage that may come with a financial strain. By getting your home inspected every 2 years, this will give you the insight of smaller issues that could most likely turn into large burdens down the road.

Home Inspection

By ordering a home inspection through J D M Home Inspections, you will have the chance to walk through your new or current home with one of our trained and knowledgeable inspectors and have your questions answered on the spot. We offer detailed, easy to read reports within 24 hours. Our inspectors check everything from the roof to the basement. We climb onto roofs when able, up into the attics, and crawl through crawl spaces to get the job done right. You’ll find in our reports:

  • Grounds – Sidewalks, Driveway, Porch, Patio, Deck, Fences, Foundation, Etc.
  • Roof – Flashing, Valleys, Skylights, Plumbing Vents, Gutters, Chimney, Etc.
  • Exterior – Siding, Trim/Soffit/Fascia, Foundation, Wall Construction, Doors, Etc.
  • Garage/Carport – Safety Reverse, Roof, Overhead Doors, Electrical Receptacles, Etc.
  • Kitchen – Countertops, Cabinets, Plumbing, Floor, Etc.
  • Laundry Room – Washer/Dryer hookups, Condition, Etc.
  • Bathrooms – Sinks, Tub/Shower, Toilets, Window, Exhaust Fan, Etc.
  • Interior – Ceilings, Walls, Windows, Doors, Floor, Fireplace, Etc.
  • Attic/Structure/Framing/Insulation – Insulation, HVAC, Structural, Electrical, Etc.
  • Basement – Stairs, Foundation, Walls, Floors, Sump pump, Girders/Beams, Etc.
  • Plumbing – Flow, Pipes supply, Drain, Fuel Line, Water Heater, Etc.
  • Heating System – Distribution, Flue Pipping, Filter, System, Etc.
  • Air Conditioning – A/C System, Evaporator Coil, Refrigerant Lines, Etc.
  • Electrical – Condition, Main Wire, Branch Wire, Etc.

Pre-Offer Inspection

In today’s market, homes are selling for more than asking price with the majority going through a bidding war. Some sellers are favoring buyers who waive inspections, which makes us cringe! A home is a big investment, most likely the biggest investment of your life and we want all our clients to be informed. At J D M, we are here to assist our clients in any way we can to help them make an informed decision. This service offers you a chance to walk through a home with the inspector, prior to putting in an offer. The inspector will answer any questions/concerns you may have. Having the knowledge of the potential repairs the home may have, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the offer you’d like to submit or if the property is the right fit for your family. This service is first come, first serve, based on the inspectors availability. You will not receive a written full home inspection report. This walk-through is for informational purposes only to give you the peace of mind prior to writing your offer. If you offer is accepted and you go under contract, J D M Home Inspections will apply the amount already paid for your pre-offer inspection on that particular property address towards your full home inspection of the same address.

Home Maintenance Inspection
Home Inspections for Current Homeowners

When was the last time you scheduled a “check-up” for your home? Homes may not be alive, but they need attention just the same. Home Inspectors act a lot like doctors for homes, they are able to tell if something could potentially happen by evaluating different systems and components of a home and refer you to specialists, when needed. It is recommended to schedule a “check-up” or home inspection every 2 years, just to make sure your home is in good condition. Most problems are only addressed after something breaks and the damage is already done. Most homeowners don’t consider if problems are found early on, the cost to fix the problem at an early stage will most likely be excessively less expensive than letting the problem escalate until the damages need to be repaired. Turning your back on a small problem now, may result in a huge financial strain later, so make sure to schedule a home inspection every 2 years.

Most homeowners believe there is no need to get their home inspected after the real estate transaction, and some are not aware there are home inspections available after they purchase the property. These services have always been available but are rarely marketed by real estate professionals. Buyers and Sellers are typically led to believe they only need to know the condition of the property when it is being purchased or sold. No one suggests to the new homeowner to have the house periodically inspected to avoid costly repairs.

Fear should not be a factor in deciding if you need a home inspection. Every home, whether it be new or old should be inspected every 2 years. No house can pass or fail an inspection. The report tells you what you need to know to keep the home well maintained and safe to reside in.

All of these problems are likely to occur on some level after you sign the closing contract on your home.

  1. Structure and mechanical systems continue to deteriorate.
  2. Heat (such as the sun) causes building materials to expand which can cause the material to twist, warp, bend, pull apart and cause breaches. These breaches could expose your home to moisture and pests. Long term exposure can lead to extensive damage such as nesting, water-rot, rust, loss of insulation, electrical shorts, mechanical system failures, and more.
  3. Ventilation is crucial, especially in homes with gas or wood burning systems. These systems produce a carbon monoxide gas that could cause health problems or poisoning.
  4. Indoor air quality can be worsened by smoke, pet hair, pet dander, dust and more if the heating and air systems are not properly vented and filtered.
  5. Water and heat can cause structural components to expand and contract reducing the structural integrity of the home.
  6. Cracked chimney or improperly flashed vents can cause water to seep in causing moisture damage, structural rotting, mold growth and more.
  7. Improperly grounded electrical systems can lead to fires.
  8. Improper insulation can lead to higher energy costs.

It is recommended to get your home inspected every 2 years or immediately after inclement weather.

Radon

Radon is tasteless, odorless, colorless gas that goes undetected by our senses. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today. Testing is the only way to tell if your home has high levels of radon. There are no immediate symptoms, it could take years for problems to surface. Entering the home through the ground or groundwater, radon can be inhaled or ingested, leading to the potential risk of illness, cancer, or death. It is important to get your home tested for radon. Current studies show 1 in 5 homes have high levels of radon. If the home does have high levels of radon, the house can be vented properly to reduce the levels to a level that is not harmful to you and your family.

EPA Map of Radon Zones

Photos courtesy of epa.gov

For more information on Radon visit: http://www.epa.gov/radon/index.html 

 

Termites/Wood Destroying Insects

Termites and Wood Destorying Insects are hungry bugs that have a large appetite for our homes. They can compromise our home’s structural stability and leave us with unwanted damages and costs if the infestation goes unnoticed or untreated It is recommended to get your home inspected once a year for these pesky creatures.