Onsight Inspection Services
HOME INSPECTION SERVICES AND RADON TESTING IN WEST VIRGINIA
Home Inspection Services
We perform home inspections on all types of residences, including single family homes, foreclosures, short sales, multi-family units, manufactured homes, historical homes, modular homes, townhomes, condos, duplexes, farmhouses, investment properties, cabins, converted garages and barns, rental units, green homes, FSBO's, log homes, vacation homes, and solar or wind powered homes for buyers and sellers.
Our home inspection is a visual process where hundreds of items typically found in a home are inspected and/or operated to verify proper function and installation. Many details in a home can be overlooked in the excitement (and sometimes stress) of finding a new home. Peter will use his trained eyes (and a few gadgets) to check the components and overall condition of the home. Often, our home inspection can help eliminate concerns and give you the information you need to help make an informed decision.
Our West Virginia Eastern Panhandle area has karst geology (cracked limestone) which allows radon to travel easily towards the surface, sometimes finding its way into basements
Testing is the only way to find out your home's radon levels. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes in the lowest living space levels for radon. 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. 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. Radon can also enter your home through well water. Your home can trap radon inside.
We use EPA approved continuous monitoring devices; this allows us to provide accurate results at the end of the testing period (48-60 hours). For more information about radon gas visit the EPA web site at www.epa.gov/radon or ask us for their pamphlet.
Water Quality, Wood Destroying Organisms/Termites (WDO) or Septic System Inspections
Often one or more of these inspections is required by your lender. We use a certified laboratory to test water samples we take from your home. The typical water test is for the presence of E.coli bacteria and general coliforms. Depending on your need, the lab can test for other contaminants such as lead, nitrates, fecal bacteria, etc. Our WDO inspection includes identifying insects such as termites, carpenter bees, powder post beetles, etc., and noting the presence of WDO habitat (insects, wood decay, fungus, molds) and any structural damage caused by WDO. Our septic system inspection includes a dye test for leaks, waste water flow/capacity tests and drain field inspection. If possible, we inspect the septic tank.
We offer these inspections at a discount cost if they are done at the same time as your home inspection. We also offer a discount if at least 2 of the tests are done at the same time without a home inspection.
Solar Electric, Wind Turbine Electric, Thermal Heating Systems Inspections
We can provide inspections of residential solar electric grid tie-ins, wind turbine electric energy and solar thermal heating systems. During the inspection, we will explain how the installed system operates and determine if any improvements are necessary. We see a wide variety of installations and materials installed and most work well, but sometimes even a minor improvement (sometimes to the house and not the electric source) could make a huge difference in energy efficiency.
New Construction, Additions, Renovation Home Inspections
Inspections of newly constructed homes, major renovations or additions are just like home inspections. Having our inspection gives you an unbiased third party opinion on the proper operation and installation of the items found in the home and will help you prepare questions for the builder/contractor. If you plan to have us perform an inspection, it is important that our inspection be done just prior to your final walk-through inspection with the Builder/Contractor, so that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed. Book your inspection with us ahead of time and then call to verify our appointment when the home or project is actually ready for inspection. Please make sure the utilities have been turned on, we have permission to inspect and that we have access.
Pre-Warranty Expiration Home Inspection
Warranty home inspections are performed during the 11th month of your 1-year Builder Warranty. This home inspection is preformed to verify that proper building techniques were used, conditions found are normal for the age and use of the home and that various components of the home were properly installed. You will receive a report at the end of the inspection that includes digital photos taken as needed for viewing details. You may find our unbiased report helpful as a base to address any deficiencies we discover with the Builder.
Onsight Inspection Services: Serving the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia | 304-702-8202