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What we do
Buyers and sellers inspections, thermal imaging, 11-month warranty inspections, home maintenance inspections, and move-in certified inspections
Buyers & Sellers Home Inspections
Our standard inspection is a non-invasive, thorough, visual examination of the property’s accessible components both inside and out: Roof, Exterior, Foundation (Basement/Crawlspace) Structure, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Electrical, Fireplace, Attic- Insulation & Ventilation, Windows, Doors, and Interior. Included in the standard inspection is Infrared Thermal Imaging. This is a non-invasive way of evaluating conditions behind the surface. This allows us to detect small, but crucial differences in surface temperature throughout the house and within the building materials. Infrared Thermal Imaging allows us to see what often times the naked eye could miss. This infrared technology allows us to see problematic areas such as moisture intrusion, electrical hot spots, heating or cooling leaks, energy loss, foundation cracks, structural concerns, missing insulation, and rodent infestation.
Roof- We will WALK YOUR ROOF (unless unsafe or if walking would damage the roof.) Walking the roof is important because nothing is better than seeing issues up close and being able to apply a hands-on approach. This will include inspecting the gutters, downspouts, vents, flashings, roof penetrations, skylights, chimneys, and roof covering materials.
Electrical- We will inspect: the service drop, overhead service conductors and attachment point, service head, goosenecks, drip loops, service mast, conduit and raceways, electric meter and base, service entrance conductors, main service disconnect, panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses), service grounding and bonding, a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible, all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Exterior- We will inspect: exterior wall covering materials, eaves, soffits, fascia, flashing, all exterior doors, adjacent walkways, sidewalks, driveways, stairs, railings, handrails, decks, patios, porches, balconies, a representative number of windows, surface drainage, vegetation, retaining walls, and grading. It is important that your house has proper grading to carry water away from the house to prevent moisture intrusion problems.
Foundation (Basement/Crawlspace)- Next Level Home Inspections will inspect the foundation, basement, crawlspace, and structural elements within. We will describe the type of foundation and locate access to any crawlspace. It is important to inspect the crawlspace because sometimes this is where contractors will cut corners because it can be uncomfortable in these tight spaces. Some common issues found in the crawlspace include; water penetration issues, framing members in contact with soil, unprofessional electrical/HVAC work, and even structural components being unsafely modified.
Heating- We will inspect the heating system using normal operating controls and identify the location of the thermostat, the energy source, and the heating method. The home’s chimney, exposed flues, and exposed vents will be inspected looking for proper clearance and correct fastening. The water heater will be checked for proper size, age, and correct installation. We will also inspect for clean filters, technician logs, loose duct connections, proper condensate discharge, and adequate fire clearances.
Cooling- Next Level Home Inspections will inspect the cooling system using normal operating controls and identify the location of the thermostat and the cooling method. We will also inspect for missing or dirty filters, technician logs, loose duct connections, and proper condensate discharge.
Plumbing- Next Level Home Inspections will inspect and show you the main water supply shut-off valve and the main fuel shut-off valve. The interior plumbing fixtures and faucets will be tested by running water. The toilets will be flushed and checked for proper floor connections and all drains will be checked for proper drainage. The drain, waste, and vent systems will be inspected along with any sump pumps with accessible floats.
Fireplace- Next Level Home Inspections will inspect readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys, lintels above the fireplace openings, hearths, damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable, and cleanout doors and frames. Fireplaces need to be inspected by a licensed professional chimney sweep company as we cannot see completely up into the flue.
Attic- Insulation & Ventilation- Inspect all visual structural components as well as insulation in accessible unfinished spaces; including attics, crawlspaces, and foundation areas, ventilation of unfinished spaces; including attics, crawlspaces, and foundation areas, and mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area. It is important that all ventilation is properly vented to the outside of the house and not into the attic.
Windows, Doors, and Interior- Next Level Inspections will inspect: a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them, floors, walls, ceilings, stairs, steps, landings, stairways, ramps, railings, guards and handrails. Garage doors will also be tested by using normal operating controls. We will make sure the safety sensors work and are placed no higher than 6 inches from the ground. We will make sure the force settings are set correctly and that the door is properly balanced.