Home Inspection Services
An experienced inspector will prepare your Home Inspection Reports with easy-to-read details on:
- The condition of every major component from the roof to the basement
- Major and minor deficiencies
- Any major expenditures necessary
- What to watch out for
- Helpful home preservation tips
- Safety concerns
- And much more
- Radon Testing
- Pool and Spa Inspections
- Hot Tubs
- Detached Structures (Garages, shops, Barns, and out buildings.)
- Commercial Inspections
- Water Quality Testing
- Lead Paint Testing
- Washington State
- North Idaho
Our Home Inspector will review the detailed report with you to make sure you understand everything and answer any remaining questions.
A home inspection is a visual process where all of the items typically used within a home are tested and/or operated to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are opened and closed, roofing materials inspected, air-conditioning and heating systems operated. The Inspector will fill the sinks and tub(s), run the shower(s), and flush the toilets, all the while making notes on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion a report will be distributed to you.
New Construction Inspections
Most of us assume that because a home has passed all local building code inspections it must have been built correctly. Unfortunately, even new homes may have flaws, sometimes major ones. The fact is, construction workers occasionally make mistakes, and some have even tried to disguise the problem instead of fixing it properly. A home inspection can detect errors and allow you to negotiate with the builder in order to get them corrected before you take ownership of the property. FNH Inspections LLC is your last line of defense against major defects.
Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspections
Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your 1-year Builder Warranty. The inspection will be performed to verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection along with digital photos taken as needed for inaccessible areas.
Investor Property Inspections
Includes Multi-Unit Housing
Investor property inspections are performed prior to purchase as well as periodically during ownership. Pre-purchase inspections are performed to identify defects prior to taking ownership to negotiate repairs or price adjustments which reflect the condition of the property. For example, periodic inspections for properties currently in your portfolio would ensure the identification of needed repairs following a long-term tenant's departure. Long-term tenants sometimes neglect to mention repairs and/or abuse of the property during their tenancy. Identifying those problems early is the key to profitable ownership.
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested for the presence of radon. FNH Inspections LLC is a qualified radon testing service, having completed the Radon Measurement Operator Proficiency course. We use measuring devices that are placed in the lowest level of the residence for a period of 48 hours, with the results available at the end of the test.
Inspecting a home's sewer line is extremely important part of FNH Inspections LLC's inspection services. A sewer scope inspection reveals a blocked and damaged sewer line, typically caused by tree roots invading the pipe. Even a slightly leaky sewer pipe will draw the attention of roots that are seeking moisture. The sewer scope inspection may also show large and hairline cracks, holes, pipe separation, pooling water, sagging caused by shifting soil heavy grease buildup, and corrosion deposits in cast-iron pipes. If problems are discovered, FNH Inspections LLC will recommend an appropriate course of action, such as root cleaning, descaling, hydro-jetting, repair or replacement. These procedures should be followed by a re-inspection.
Water Quality Testing
Not only do you use water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing, but you also drink it. Therefore, you want to make sure the home's water is safe. Water testing reveals levels of bacteria in the home's municipal or well water, and will determine whether the quality conforms to guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies. State law requires that public water systems test and treat municipal water, but this occurs only at the treatment plant. Before water reaches the home, it goes through miles of piping, some which may be in disrepair and contain lead or other contaminants. Testing for well and municipal water is performed with a complete water analysis test kit that tests for lead, pesticide, iron, copper, alkalinity (PH and hardness), chlorine, nitrates, and bacteria.
Seller Certified Home Program
Listing inspections are very good for the homeowner who may not be in tune with the condition of their home. A great many sales are cancelled due to the buyer's shock at the "functional condition" of the home. It may look great, but have serious technical, safety, or functional issues present without the owner's knowledge. Having the home inspected prior to placing on the market is the ideal way to identify and either repair or disclose the issue found in the Inspection Report. Obviously, repairing the items would be the most beneficial toward the completion of the sale. However, there may be financial reasons where the owner can't make the repairs. Disclosing them up front and pricing the home based upon that disclosure will often times produce a higher net sales price for the owner.
Realtor's Pre-listing Inspection
By bringing potential problem areas to light before sellers put their house on the market and creating an environment of trust and good will between sellers and buyers, pre-listing inspections can reduce parties’ stress levels and eliminate many of the bumps that can throw a deal off track. A thorough 10-point inspection gives the realtor a snap-shot of the conditions of the property. The ten points include electrical, plumbing, HVAC, doors and windows, structural, foundations, siding, roofs, attic and crawl space/basement.
Call us at 509-I N S P E C T / 509-467-7328 to book your home inspection today!