Home inspectors often use various technological tools to enhance accuracy, efficiency, and thoroughness of the home inspections. Some common technologies include:

Infrared Cameras: These cameras detect temperature differences, which can reveal hidden moisture issues, electrical hotspots, and insulation gaps

Moisture Meters: Used to measure moisture levels in walls, ceilings, and floors, helping to detect leaks and water damage

Drones: Used for inspecting hard to access roofs, chimneys and other inaccessible areas, providing detailed aerial views without the need for ladders or scaffolding

Digital Reporting software: Specialized software to create detailed inspection reports quickly, with high image photos, videos, and annotations

Laser Measurement tools: Used to identify discrepancies in walls and floors that might suggest structural problems

Environmental Sampling Tools: Various tools and sensors for detecting mold and other environmental hazards that may affect indoor air quality

Radon Detectors: Devices that measure radon levels in the home, as radon gas can pose health risks if present in high concentrations

Even if you’re not selling your home, getting a home inspection has several benefits:

Maintenance Planning: Identifying issues early allows you to address them promptly, preventing small problems from becoming major and costly repairs in the future

Safety Concerns: Inspectors can uncover safety hazards such as faulty wiring, radon, or structural issues, helping you ensure a safe living environment

Long Term Savings: By addressing minor issues before the escalate, you can save money on potential major repairs down the line. Inspections contribute to the overall longevity of your home.

Energy Efficiency: An inspection can highlight opportunities to improve energy efficiency, reducing utility costs over time.

Insurance Considerations: Some insurance companies may offer discounts for homes that have recently been inspected and deemed in good condition

Resale Value: If you plan to sell in the future, having documentation history of regular inspections and maintenance can enhance the resale value of your home

Peace of Mind: Knowing the current state of your home and having a clear understanding of its condition provides peace of mind for homeowners

If downspouts are not directed away from the house, several issues can arise due to improper water drainage:

Water can pool around the foundation of the house – over time this can lead to foundation cracks, settling, or even more severe structural damage as water seeps into or under the foundation

If your home has a basement – improperly directed downspouts can lead to leaks or flooding, creating potential property damage and encourage mold growth

Continuous water buildup can erode the soil around the foundation causing it to shift and settle unevenly. This can lead to further foundation issues and even structural instability

Standing water attracts pests such as mosquitos, and termites, increasing the risk of infestation both inside and outside the home

Excessive moisture can cause rotting, warping, or discoloration of exterior surfaces, such as siding, paint and trim

Addressing poor drainage issues promptly through proper grading, installing effective drainage systems, and maintaining gutters and downspouts can help prevent these problems, preserve the integrity and value of the home, and provide a safe and comfortable living environment

Although it is not necessary to attend your home inspection, it is highly recommended. Home inspections typically average three hours, giving you a lot of time in your future home. This gives you an opportunity to look around, take measurements, or even do some design planning. Have your home inspector show you where important features of your home are, like the main water shut off. Most inspectors have a routine or path they like to take around the home to complete the inspection but feel free to look around and point out things that you notice and ask questions. Some inspectors will touch base between parts of the inspection and others will wait until the end, as to not slow down the inspection – If needed write down your questions and make sure to have your inspector review them with you.

Arc faults are a type of electrical malfunction caused by high-power discharge of electricity between two or more conductive paths. Arc faults occur when electrical current “jumps” across a gap between conductors. This can happen due to a variety of reasons; such as damaged wires, loose connections, or the presence of conductive materials (like nails or screws), or even wear and tear over time. Arc faults generate significant heat, leading to fire hazards in homes and other structures. To mitigate these risks, arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are used in electrical systems to detect and interrupt arc faults, significantly reducing the risk of electrical fires. Regular inspection of electrical systems, proper installation and maintenance of electrical wiring, and avoid damage to wires can also help prevent arc faults.

Whether you’ve recently made an offer on a home or are preparing to list yours, a home inspection offers critical insights into the property’s current state and potential future issues. Although the resulting report will likely cover most, if not all, of the significant concerns or required repairs, reviewing it on your own doesn’t compare to the value of being present during the inspection itself – this is particularly true if you’re the buyer. While some may see home inspections as merely a routine step, a defense against accidentally buying a property with severe or expensive issues, or a means to officially document a problem, the value extends far beyond these reasons. Here a few other reasons to attend your home inspection:

Direct Communication with the Inspector: Being there allows you to ask questions and get immediate, clarifying explanations of any issues or potential concerns found during the inspection.

Learning About Your New Home: The inspection is a chance to learn about the maintenance and operation of various systems of your new home, such as the HVAC system, plumbing and electrical systems. As well as, where the locations of important shut-off valves and circuit breakers are. This also provides an opportunity for hands-on demonstrations for learning how to operate and maintain your home’s systems that you may not be familiar with.

Prioritizing Repairs and Maintenance: The home inspector can help you distinguish between critical repairs that need immediate attention and minor issues that can be managed over time. Understanding current issues can also help estimate future maintenance costs and plan your budget accordingly.

Peace of Mind: Attending the inspection provides reassurance about the condition of the property you are buying, helping you to reduce uncertainty in your investment.

Buying a house with mold does not need to be a deal breaker; but it is important to follow some important steps:

Get a Professional Inspection: Hire a certified mold inspector to assess the extent of the mold problem and identify the type of mold present

Understand the Scope: Determine if the mold is localized and can be easily removed or remediated, or if it’s a widespread issue requiring more extensive measures

Professional Remediation: If the mold needs more than extensive cleaning and requires remediation, hire a professional. Ensure they follow proper protocols to effectively and safely remove the mold

Address Underlying Issues: Identify and address the root cause of the mold growth, such as water leaks or poor ventilation, to prevent future occurrences.

As a buyer you have the right to decline a home inspection. However, it is generally not recommended. While it might seem tempting to save money, an inspection can uncover hidden issues that could become costly problems later on. It is a crucial step in understand the condition of the property and making informed decision.

A home inspection is crucial because it helps identify potential issues or defects in a property before a purchase. It provides valuable information about the condition of the home, allowing buyers to make informed decisions, negotiate repairs or adjustments with the seller, or prepare for future costs. This can save buyers from unexpected expenses and ensure a smoother real estate transaction.

General Home Inspections

This can include a pre-listing inspection, a home inspection for a real estate transaction, or an inspection of your current home for your own personal knowledge and comfort. These inspections typically include an overview of the home from the foundation to the roof. The state of Ohio requires home inspector to be licensed through Ohio Department of Commerce.

Radon Inspections

Radon should be tested by a licensed radon tester. The state of Ohio requires radon testers to be licensed through the Ohio Department of Health. A radon test is a 48 hour test that determines the levels of radon in the home. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer deaths and is found in 1 in 15 homes in the state of Ohio. The only way to know if you have radon in your home is to test.

Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) Inspections

A WDI inspection assesses the property for signs of infestation by insects such as termites, beetles, and carpenter bees. Areas that are susceptible to wood damage, such as crawl spaces, basements, attics, and wood exteriors, looking for evidence like mud tubes, damaged wood, or insect activity. WDI inspectors are required to be license through Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Mold Inspections

During a mold inspection, a home inspector examines the property for signs of mold growth. Areas that are prone to moisture, like basements and bathrooms, are observed for visible mold, water damage, or musty odors. Inspectors may use a variety of tools to identify problem areas and recommend further testing and sampling if necessary.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Sampling – Mold

During a mold indoor air quality sampling, a home inspector collects air samples to assess the concentration of mold spores in the indoor environment. This involves using specialized equipment to capture airborne particles. The samples are sent to a reputable lab to analyze and identify the types and quantities of mold present.

The report is something you want to ask your home inspector about when you are doing your research for the right home inspector. You want any easy to follow report and a home inspector that is willing to explain any concerns even after the report is sent.

It’s a good idea to keep your home inspection report for your records. It can serve as a guide for necessary repairs or maintenance tasks, helping you prioritize and plan future improvements

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