Building Inspections

   

Buying a property may be the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, as well as one of the most important. The decision to purchase your dream home or property can come with risks if the property is not inspected prior to purchase. A thorough visual inspection of the property’s major systems is a key step that can help buyers make an informed decision on purchasing a home or property or save them from a money pit. Make the most important decision an informed decision with a home inspection by IHC, Corp.

A professional home inspection gives you an independent, unbiased view of any problems and their solutions, so that you will have all the facts you need to make a sound, informed decision. Ideally, you will accompany your inspector during the consultation, so that you will have visual reinforcement of your written report. Every inspection is a complete and thorough analysis of all the major systems and components in the property. The report includes a clear description of what was found with any problem areas noted, so you can easily identify them.

The visual home inspection is based on the protocol outlined in IHC, Corp’s Building Analysis Report and includes hundreds of property related items within the inspection, from the foundation to the roof and all the major systems of the house including electrical, plumbing and heating/air conditioning. The inspection takes between 2 and 3 1/2 hours depending on the size of the home. IHC, Corp. offers a number of home inspection services for home buyers and sellers, all with a complete report and included helpful maintenance guide built into the report.

Items inspected include:
- Foundation
- Structure
- Basement or crawl space
- Interior and exterior walls
- Siding
- Water heater
- Heating and air conditioning systems
- Electrical system
- Plumbing system and fixtures
- Porches and decks
- Attic
- Roof
- Gutters
- Fireplace and exterior chimney
- Interior and exterior doors
- Built-in appliances
- Interior stairway components
- Bathtub and shower wall coverings
- Kitchen cabinet doors and drawers


- A thorough home inspection will include the following:

~ Roof (shingles, flashings, chimneys, vents, trim and gutters, drip edges, skylights, downspouts, and other visible roof related items)
~ Attics (insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists and collar ties, trusses, wiring attachments, and other visible related items)
~ Plumbing and Fixtures (water pressure, water distribution system, hose bibs, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets, sanitary system, and other plumbing system components)
~ Interior (floors and ceilings, walls, stairs (if applicable) and banisters, finishes, sinks, cabinets, shelving, built-in appliances, smoke detectors and safety-related items, and other visible interior-related components)
~ Heating and Cooling Systems (furnace, air cleaning parts, ductwork, electronic monoxide testing, electric gas sniffer testing, air conditioner and lines, and other visible related HVAC components)
~ Electrical Systems (service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components)  
~ Basements, Crawl Spaces, and Foundation (insulation, ventilation, posts, vapor barriers, utility attachment, structural items, floors and walls, and columns)
~ Exterior (siding materials, attachments, windows, doors, sashes and lintels, vents, entryways, and other visible exterior related components)

Moisture and Mold Inspections
In today’s home buying market the inspection process can encompass much more than the typical home inspection. Moisture and mold damage is on the rise in homes and being an informed buyer can save thousands of dollars as well as ensure your family is not being exposed to water damage and related microbial contamination. IHC, Corp. uses a protocol developed by ASTM to properly perform a moisture and mold inspection evaluation. The inspection is non-intrusive and is consistent with ASTM Standard E2418-06. The intent of this type of evaluation is to compliment the regular home inspection and provide additional insight into the potential for moisture damage, water infiltration and whether or not these conditions has resulted in visual mold growth contamination within the occupied portions of the home.

You can count on IHC, Corp. for a accurate and thorough assessment of the condition of your potential new home or property.  We work for you and no one else. Our knowledgeable and experienced property inspectors will explain the inspection process and findings to you, and answer any questions you may have at the time of the inspection and afterward should any arise. Watch this video on why property inspection is so important: VIDEO COMING SOON!

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