Pre Purchase Inspection
A home inspection is a visual process where all of the items typically used within a home are tested and/or operated to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are opened and closed, roofing materials inspected, air-conditioning and heating systems operated. The Inspector will fill the sinks and tub(s), run the shower(s), and flush the toilets. All the while making notes on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion a report will be distributed to you.
There are over 1 million private wells in Pennsylvania serving 3.5 million people in rural areas. Approximately 20,000 new wells are drilled each year. About half of the private water wells that have been tested in the state have at least one water quality problem. Yet, despite the importance of testing your water, only half of Pennsylvania wells have ever been tested.
Should I Have My Water Tested? (PDF) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Termite (WDO) Inspection
Wood destroying insects and other organisms can cause serious problems in the wood structural components of a house and may go undetected for a long period of time. A termite inspection is included in all our home inspection packages, saving you money and time in one appointment.
Itb Inspection Services starts with a full termite inspection which includes visual and probing methods. We will look for termite mud tubes, tunnels, and wings on window ledges, door frames, and in boiler rooms. Termite damaged wood beams, joists, and wood support columns in your basement and garage are also inspected.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Radiation Protection Radon Division states that “Pennsylvania has one of the most serious radon problems in the country. An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have radon levels above Environmental Protection Agency’s action guideline of 4 picocuries per liter”.
A home inspector can provide a passive radon screening evaluation. A radon canister device is placed in the home for a period of 48-hours; wherein, emitted particles from decaying rocks and minerals beneath the soil will be absorbed. Upon collecting the canister, it is then sent to an independent laboratory for processing. Results are then provided to the homeowner for review. To understand more about radon, you can read the Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) documents “Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon” and/or “Consumer’s Guide To Radon Reduction”.
RADON CERTIFICATION NUMBER 3174
All septic inspections include a flow test using a fluorescent tracing dye to test for proper operation and any leakage from the drainfield. We inspect for proper Checking levels in a vent pipe code requirements, setbacks and condition of components. We will arrange with a septic pumper of your choice to empty the septic tanks during the inspection so we can check the tank and baffle conditions. We also check that all appliances and associated pipes are properly discharging into their approved waste systems.
New Construction Inspections
New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk through with the Builder’s Customer Service Representative or Superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the Builder depending on the Builder’s policy. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before your final walk through with the Builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. At the conclusion of the inspection a completed report will be distributed to you.
Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspections
Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your 1-year Builder Warranty. The inspection will be performed to verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection along with digital photos taken as needed for inaccessible areas.
Seller Certified Home Program (Pre-Listing Inspections)
Listing inspections are very good for the homeowner who may not be in tune with the condition of their home. A great many sales are cancelled due to the buyer’s shock at the “functional condition” of the home. It may look great, but have serious technical, safety, or functional issues present without the owner’s knowledge. Having the home inspected prior to placing on the market is the ideal way to identify and either repair or disclose the issue found in the Inspection Report. Obviously, repairing the items would be the most beneficial towards completing the sale. However, there may be financial reasons where the owner can’t make the repairs. Disclosing them up front and pricing the home based upon that disclosure will often times produce a higher net sales price for the owner.
Experienced commercial building owners, net lease occupants, commercial property investors and lenders know the importance and benefits of hiring a qualified team to perform a Property Condition Assessment.
Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) are due diligence projects associated with commercial real estate. Commercial property and building inspections (also known as Property Condition Assessments or PCA’s) are important for clients seeking to know the condition of a property or real estate they may be purchasing, leasing, financing or simply maintaining. Commercial Building Inspectors generally follow industry accepted guidelines of ASTM E2018, the only recognized standard of major lenders. These commercial inspection standards help both the commercial building inspector and the client to understand the scope agreed to for the inspection including the systems or areas to be inspected, and is used as a guide to develop said scopes and procedures. Often they are done as part of a property transfer and are done along with a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment.
Depending on client needs or accepted risks, and property types, some inspections can require the involvement of specialists and some can by a more generalist commercial building inspector or engineer. Of course each varying degree of review or assessment will incur various costs and time frames.
Once the inspection or Property Condition Assessment is completed, a written report (also known as the Property Condition Report or PCR) is compiled and delivered to the client within an acceptable time frame. The Property Condition Report may include such items as concerns observed, recommendations for repairs or further inspections, opinions of the likely cost of future capital project and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance surveys.