With a thorough inspection from us you will have the information you need to make informed decisions. The difference for many of our clients is the straightforward, direct approach we take. We thoroughly evaluate all the major systems of a property, with your family’s health, safety, and financial well being in mind.
Whichever inspection we perform, you can expect to receive your report promptly. All inspection reports will be printed and handed to you on sight immediately after the inspection with the exception of environmental tests which require up to 72 hours for lab testing of samples to be analyzed. Tablet based reporting software allows an overview to be compiled quickly including digital photographs and real time comments. Our clients appreciate our quick turn around and find our reports comprehensive and easy to read.
There are several varieties of Home Inspections described below but they all examine the major systems according to ASHI, INTERNACHI, Federal and State guidelines. They include the following:
- HVAC (temperature permitting)
- Plumbing and Electrical systems
- Structural components, attic, crawlspace, basement visible insulation, ventilation, vapor barriers, foundation, roof, gutters, exterior trim and siding
- Interior walls, ceilings, cabinetry, counters, floors, windows, and doors
- Decks and Porches
- Major appliances
- Grading, drainage, sidewalks, patios, driveways
- Retaining walls, fences, and gates
We take pride in our ability to interpret and translate what a home is saying. Our expertise allows us to provide detailed overviews of a home’s current condition. We are then able to advise on how—or if—the home’s condition will require particular maintenance or repairs that could influence your decision.
Pre-listing Inspections (Seller)
Selling your home? Get a jump on the market by having your home inspected before you list it. You’ll avoid surprises during negotiations, and you’ll have the information you need to decide whether to fix existing problems, or list the home or specific components “as is.” “You can then display the report along with the “fixes” as a part of your marketing presentation for Buyers,” says Sally English an independent agent in Atlanta. Serious buyers do not want to deal with inspection and house maintenance problems in todays competitive real estate market.
New Construction Inspections
If you have plans to renovate or build from the ground up, we’ll help you take a proactive approach to ensure your new home meets your expectations—and future needs. We can perform pre-backfill, pre-drywall, and final inspections that protect you against the problems that builders or contractors may overlook.
Termite and other Wood Destroying Insects
Before purchasing real estate or buying a home you should consider employing a licensed termite inspector AND a traditional home inspector OR… just call Eastern Home Inspections and we will send you someone who is both. Termite damage far exceeds damage caused to homes by tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding and is rarely covered by homeowner insurance policies. Traditional home inspectors often are not thoroughly trained to recognize existing or potential termite damage, and no warranty or insurance policy will cover you for pre-existing infestation or damage. Early detection can save homeowners substantial repair costs.
Termite and Wood Destroying Organism inspectors provide potential homebuyers with reports that outline both any existing damage or infestations and areas that are liable to incur future infestations. Areas of concern include open access points in the foundation or lower levels of a home and significant moisture deposits. Professional pest control companies can assist in correcting areas that pose a threat of infestation.
The results of these reports should not necessarily deter a home buyer from purchasing the home in question. Negotiations may be entered into between buyers and sellers to arrange for further prevention and repairs to be made by the seller prior to sale. Sellers may also negotiate on price if termite damage is found.
When buying a home, it’s important to remember environmental testing up front can save money in the future.
“I always recommend environmental testing as part of a home inspection checklist,” says Fiona Dogan, a real estate salesperson at Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty in Rye, New York. “You invest in environmental test services up front to prevent a bigger problem later.” Dogan said she also recommends environmental testing for sellers in order to identify issues before putting a property on the market.
Environmental testing also helps homebuyers uncover issues that could impact their families’ health, says Nelson Salazar, a real estate salesperson with Coldwell Banker. “For example, we’ve seen a seller move out, and the incoming buyer became sick due to the well water,” he said. “It’s best for everyone to know up front what the issues are. Once you buy a home, you’re less likely to do any future testing.”
Environmental Testing is offered for the following…
When a property has more than one building, you want to know the condition of each building, not just the house. The separate structure inspection looks for all of the same things as the full home inspection.
Detached Garages, Sheds, Barns, Greenhouses, can be a significant extra amount of work to examine so we do charge extra for these. They often affect value significantly so if you are concerned please discuss it with us.
Waterfront property values can also be effected significantly by docks, seawalls, bulkheads, boat houses, and other marine structures. The life expectancy and effectiveness of these structures can vary tremendously depending on the original design, materials, construction and maintenance.
A sprinkler system is a great addition to any home. Make sure yours is working properly and not leaking. Your inspector will check the sprinkler heads, control panel, drip lines, double check valves, rain freeze sensor…
Pool and Spa
Swimming pools are a great way to
cool down in the summer, but can also be costly to repair when things go wrong. Eastern Home Inspections will check all the major components, look for leaks, check for damage, and even evaluate the condition of the shell and equipment.