General Home Inspection
The Tom Nichols buyer’s inspection involves a comprehensive evaluation of most visible and readily accessible components of a home. Each inspection is centered around thoroughness and precision, including the use of thermal imaging when necessary to qualify areas of energy loss or invasive moisture (a moisture meter will also be used for more precise measurements).
The following areas are included in the inspection:
- Roofing System
- Foundation & Crawl Space
- Structural Components
- Attached Garage
- Driveway & Walkways
- Exterior (cladding, doors, windows)
- Fireplace & Chimney
- Attic, Ventilation, & Insulation
- Interior (doors, windows, floors, walls, ceilings, stairs)
- Electrical System
- Plumbing System
- HVAC Systems
We offer these additional services:
Before you list your home on the buyer’s market, I would recommend scheduling this inspection. By having me perform a comprehensive evaluation of your home prior to listing it, you’ll improve your chances of a successful sale. How, you may ask? A Pre-Listing Inspection facilitates an opportunity to make necessary repairs or improvements, disclose issues to prospective buyers, and to determine the true value of a property.
New Construction Inspection
Before the builder takes you on the final walkthrough of your new home, you should hire a third-party inspector to offer an unbiased opinion about the property’s condition. I’ll evaluate all readily accessible structures and installed mechanical systems for any defects that you need to be aware of before the project is officially complete.
New Construction Phase Inspection
This inspection is an asset to a smoother construction process on a home. I’ll arrive at several critical phases of the build to ensure that there are no unsafe installations or defective materials used. This will ensure that progress continues without major interruptions and will give you peace of mind when it’s time to move in.
11th Month Warranty Inspection
Have you lived in a new home for less than a year? Then it likely came protected by a 1-year warranty from the builder. Before that first year has passed, it’s a good idea to have a third-party inspector take a look to ensure that no issues have emerged since you first moved in. If I discover any defects, then according to the terms of your warranty, you may be eligible for discounted repairs or compensation.
Loan Draw Inspection
This inspection is an important third-party service that can help to ensure that the construction of a home meets the criteria of the original draw request. I’ll arrive to the property at several different times to make sure that the materials stored on site, the overall budget, and ongoing progress are all in line with the agreed upon terms.
A Re-Inspection of a component that I had previously found to be defective is a great way to erase any nagging doubts about its condition and safety. I’ll come back to evaluate any repairs or modifications that have been made to ensure that the component is safe, sound, and installed correctly.
Home Energy Audit
A Home Energy Audit is a rigorous evaluation of a home’s energy usage, loss, and overall efficiency. I’ll investigate existing records of a home’s energy consumption, followed by a meticulous inspection of the readily accessible areas of the home. I’ll look for any signs of faulty insulation, ventilation, or other problems that can impact energy efficiency.
Propane System Inspections
If your current or prospective home has a propane heating system, then we’re highly qualified to perform an inspection. I’ll assess the condition of the tank, regulator, piping, and other vital components for any damage or deterioration that needs addressed.
Gas Appliance Combustion Test
This test will ensure that a gas appliance is functioning properly and safely. To do this, I’ll measure the carbon monoxide output to ensure that the appliance won’t put your health or home in danger.
HVAC Duct Leakage Test
This test examines the duct system of a home to confirm that no substantial blockages or leaks are present. To ensure that a home isn’t sustaining costly energy loss, it’s important that leakage levels are at no more than 10%.