Whole House Inspection
Whole House Inspection will identify significant deficiencies, foreseeable costly problems and potential failures. The whole house property inspection will provide all parties with a professional factual verbal and written report on the condition of the property. More importantly, by getting an unbiased, full disclosure of the inspected property, all negotiating issues are brought forward to both the buyer and seller.
Beware – in the state of Missouri home inspectors have no licenses or registration requirements. Any “uncle Bob” can be an inspector or own an inspection company. We recommend that you hire an educated, experienced, insured, licensed Engineer to perform a whole house inspection and most importantly, perform a structural evaluation¹.
Whole House Inspection includes:
- Mechanical Systems
- Electrical – outlets, electrical panel, switches
- Plumbing – faucets, tubs, showers, hot water heaters
- HVAC – heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fireplaces, ductwork
- Roofing – flashings, chimneys, valleys, gutters structural¹ concerns
- Attic – insulation, fire damage, water damage, structural concerns – framing, bracing
- Interior Components – floors, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, *structural concerns
- Exterior Components- grade and drainage, siding, trim, windows, doors, grading, decks, porches, patios, driveways, retaining walls *structural concerns
Structural Evaluation includes: Foundation, Framing, Attic, Interior and Exterior components. Some Indications of structural concerns are cracks in sheetrock, doors not shutting properly, uneven floors, cracks in grout lines of tile floors or walls, windows not opening, cracks in foundation walls, cracks in basement slab, and uneven ceilings. (*a licensed structural engineer is the expert qualified to evaluate structural systems)
Radon Testing: determines the level of radon gases in the home. Radon is radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock and water. It is odorless. It gets into the air we breathe. It comes into our homes through cracks and seams in the foundation and slabs and is trapped inside. How high is the level of radon in your present home or the property you are buying? EVERY home and property should be tested. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer. For more information on Radon visit: epa.gov on Indoor Air Quality
Mold Testing: inspects for visible signs of mold, identifies by laboratory the type of mold and determines whether it is a health hazard. If you suspect mold or there has been water damage, we can evaluate and even run Air Samples to determine if there are air quality concerns. For more information on Mold visit: CDC on Mold
Mechanical systems as referred to in residential and commercial property inspections include heating system & duct work, air conditioning, hot water heater, proper house venting & circulation, system masonry including fireplaces & chimneys, whole house plumbing systems, shower & bathrooms, electrical, and major appliances such as refrigerators, convection ovens and microwaves.
Residential property services include: