Home Inspections in Pullman, Moscow, Lewiston, and Clarkston
Purchasing a home is one of the largest and most important decisions that you will make in your lifetime. That's why I take my responsibility to act as your inspector so seriously. My goal, embodied in my company name, can be broken down into three statements:
- I want you to be safe and happy in your home.
- I want your guests to be safe in your home.
- I want your investment to be as safe as I can make it, within the bounds of my role.
To that end, I specialize in providing you with the most informative home inspection report available. I don't whitewash or minimize concerns. I simply report on them accurately so that you can make an informed decision.
Among many real estate agents, I'm regarded as a 'deal-killer'. It's been said that I write a 'mean' report. It's also been said that "Buyers love Paul, sellers hate him." My testimonials, both here, and at the HomeGauge site and Angie's List support the first part of that quote.
My home inspection is a comprehensive process that follows the Standards of Practice set forth by the Department of Licensing in the State of Washington. Unlike many inspectors in our area, I do not change standards when I cross state lines. I use the most stringent standard available.
As you can see in the sample report (link above), my inspection covers hundreds of components in the home. The report is built to be clear and concise. To aid you, each report has summaries clearly outlining maintenance items, items of concerns, a category for deferred costs (old furnaces and such), and significant concerns that pose immediate life/safety issues or, in my opinion, cost more thatn $2,000.00 to correct.
Since a picture is worth at least a thousand words, my reports include digital images of pertinent items and, where advantageous, video. The report is completed on-site where possible. When that is not, it will be available in less than 24 hours.
My reports also include a wealth of information specific to your home beyond the simple identification of problems. The goal is to inform you as much as I can so you can make a confident decision in the one of the most important facets of your life.
This service is an add-on to a standard Home Inspection. Choose a custom Energy-Chek to understand the basic energy performance of the home you are buying. A separate report will be generated to outline short- and long-term improvement recommendations to consider once you own the home.
Included inspection areas:
Included is a review of:
Insulation levels in ceilings, walls, and floors; Air-Leakage concerns at windows, doors, and other penetrations; window and door performance; heating and cooling system efficiency; lighting and appliance recommendations; thermographic scanning of the home for energy-related deficiencies
While not as comprehensive as a full Energy Rating with a blower door specialist, this report provides you with valuable input to a prospective home buyer relating to the energy efficiency considerations of your new home.
Infrared Scanning (Thermography)
Infrared thermography utilizes an thermal imaging camera that can “see” and “measure” the invisible heat energy that is emitted by the building components and produce thermal images (called thermograms) that can identify and document a wide variety of problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. A separate thermal imaging inspection report will be generated that will consist of digital photos and thermal images along with written comments describing the type and location of the suspect conditions. Areas investigated with thermal imaging include the visible electrical components, insulation, and water intrusion concerns. Click Here for More Information
Pre-listing Home Inspection
A general home inspection completed prior to listing or selling the home to give current owners an idea of maintenance items to address. A pre-listing inspection also helps inspire confidence in prospective buyers regarding the condition of the home and reduce time spent in contract negotiation because an unbiased, independent inspector has reviewed all major systems.
Free visits to inspect and document repairs are included in the service package.
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New Home Inspections
Inspecting a new home requires different skills and a broader knowledge base than a traditional home inspection. While all the components are the same from house to house, inspecting a new home requires your inspector to have an advanced knowledge of the building codes. As a formerly certified code-qualified inspector, I can fulfill that need.
Manufactured home Inspection
Manufactured homes have special needs, from the way they are constructed, to the electrical panels, to the heating plants. Not only that, there is no accessible attic space. This makes them more challenging to inspect without the proper equipment. Each manufactured home I inspect gets an infrared inspection of the attic structure to try and locate leaks. While not foolproof, it's the single best technology we have for this component. Infrared is included at no extra charge!
I specialize in Property Condition Assessments for commercial, residential and industrial properties in Lewiston and Moscow, Idaho and Pullman and Clarkston, Washington. Inspections are conducted to ASTM E2018 Due Diligence Property Condition Assessment Reports standards and will include a capital budget for the next five years. My clients include investors, end users, lenders, loan servicers, owners, and sellers.
Additional services, including ADA compliance (this would include parking, exits, wheel chair ramps and rest rooms, etc.) is available but not within the normal scope of a PCA.
Both Pullman and Moscow have homes prone to accumulating radon gas. Odorless, colorless, tasteless, radon in homes is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Our continuous radon monitor is a patented electronic detection device used for the measurement of radon gas. It is twice as sensitive as most radon monitors providing selectable test increments as low as an hour.
U.S. Surgeon General Health Advisory advises, “Indoor radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.” January 2005