Types Of Home Inspections

House Inspection Associates is a full-service home inspection company that provides the latest technology. We offer several types of home inspections.

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Home Inspection

HIA’s 1,600+ point inspection exceeds the standards set by the American Society of Home Inspectors, the oldest and most respected association in the industry.

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Pre-Offer / Walk & Talk Consultation

If you are in a competitive bidding situation and don’t want to spend money for a full inspection, we offer a one-hour, consultation that will uncover any potential show-stoppers.

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Pre-drywall inspection

A pre-drywall inspection is very important time in the construction process – it is the last possible time to find defects, improper construction techniques or safety hazards.

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Pre-listing inspection

Considering selling your home? Get the benefit of eliminating any problems, before you put your home on the market! We will help you reveal problems with your home.

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Maintenance inspection

We all take our cars for an annual maintenance, but our biggest, investment doesn’t receive that same treatment until there is a larger problem that could have been avoided.

Here Are Just Some Types Of Home Inspections

HIA’s 1,600+ point inspection exceeds the standards set by the American Society of Home Inspectors, the oldest and most respected association in the industry. A 40-90-page report with pictures, with a summary separated into five major categories is emailed the same day of your home inspection. (Sample report)

We thoroughly inspect all major components of the property and advise clients about any future anticipated maintenance as well as any safety-related items. A standard home inspection includes a full evaluation of all of the following types of home inspections:

  • Exterior walls, Siding & Trim
  • Roof and Gutters
  • Furnaces and AC Units
  • Electrical System
  • Water Heaters
  • Kitchens & bars (including appliances)
  • Foundation & Structure
  • Grading & Landscaping
  • Driveways & Sidewalks
  • Decks, Patios & Porches
  • Stairs & handrails
  • Grounds & Retaining Walls
  • Attics, Ventilation & Insulation
  • Interior Floors, Walls & Ceilings
  • Doors and Windows
  • Plumbing Systems & Fixtures
  • Bathrooms
  • Basements, Crawl spaces & Slabs
  • Sump Pumps
  • Garages & Carports

Pre-offer / Consultation

If you are in a competitive bidding situation and don’t want to spend money or time for a full inspection, we offer a one-hour, consultation that will uncover any potential show-stoppers. We inspect the exterior walls, roof, foundation, attic, HVAC systems, plumbing system, electrical service, and panel.

  • Verbal Inspection – 60 Minutes – $349
  • Verbal Inspection – 90 Minutes – $499 (we also email you all photos)

Pre-drywall / New home

A pre-drywall inspection is a very important time in the construction process – it is the last possible time to find defects, improper construction techniques, or safety hazards. Once the drywall is installed, all existing problems will be hidden. These defects will eventually show up and result in big expenses and inconvenience. The builder’s warranty lasts only one year. Since homes are built much faster these days, it is becoming more common for deficiencies to go unnoticed. Most people are under an impression that the county building inspectors will uncover all defects, however, due to staff shortage, most county inspectors spend only a few minutes at each lot. We devote between two to three hours on-site, inspecting all components of the house and its systems. We take photos of all defects we find and provide you with a detailed report with the types of home inspections that you can forward to the builder for repairs. (Sample Report)

We can uncover the following types of home inspections:

  • Improper load transfers, missing lateral supports
  • Damaged, Moldy, or Improperly Cut framing
  • Improperly installed house wrap
  • Improper Protection for plumbing pipes
  • Improperly installed beams and headers
  • Missing Air Seal
  • Missing Fire Stopping
  • Improper Protection for wires
  • Improper sealed, secured, or damaged ducts
  • Foundation Damage
  • Defective or Missing Materials
  • Potential Water Intrusion Areas

Final Inspections (Pre-drywall / New home)

Avoid potential headaches and potential repairs BEFORE moving into your new home! We perform a final inspection once your builder is 100% finished, BUT, before your settlement!

One-year Warranty Inspection (Pre-drywall / New home)

Call us before your One-year builder’s warranty expires and avoid getting stuck with undetected defects that your builder should repair! Identify problems with a third-party inspection that documents all problems you’ve found since you moved in, as well as any other issues that you may not be aware of. It can all be avoided with the types of home inspections we offer.

Pre-listing inspection

Considering selling your home? Get the benefit of eliminating any problems, before you put your home on the market! We will help you reveal any potential problems with your home that might come up during a home inspection, delay your transaction, or losing a potential buyer altogether. You will be able to resolve any problems on your own schedule with the types of home inspections.   Armed with this information, you will be in a better position to sell your home faster and at the highest possible price.  And, you will save thousands of dollars when negotiating your contract!

We will help you:

  • reduce time on the market
  • Avoid unexpected issues which could delay or void a sale completely with the types of home inspections we provide
  • Give you time to make repairs at reasonable costs, because you will have time to get several estimates
  • Add selling points to your listing
  • Reassures the buyer that your home was well maintained
  • You can also offer a professional report to your potential buyer that will make your home stand out

Maintenance inspection

We all take our cars for annual maintenance, but our biggest, investment doesn’t receive that same treatment until there is a larger problem that could have been avoided or at least limited. A Maintenance Inspection will help you prioritize any needed repairs, that if neglected, could result in more damage and as a result, more $$$.  We will create a roadmap for future upkeep by identifying areas of overdue, improper or inadequate maintenance. Be proactive in protecting your biggest investment!

Additonal Services

TERMITE INSPECTION

Termites can cause serious structural damage to your home because they live in colonies that can number from several hundred thousand to several million.

SEWER SCAN

HIA LLC offers full array of real estate inspection services including the best home inspections available, radon, mold, SewerScan and indoor air quality testing.

INFRARED THERMOGRAPHY

Infrared Thermography Scan is a valuable add-on service to your home inspection. We can “see” thermal signatures and locate air infiltration points at walls and ceilings, find worn/damaged window and door weather seals

CHIMNEY LEVEL II INSPECTION

A chimney inspection is the process where the technicians examine the condition of the chimney structure, flue system, and the basic appliance installation and connections, to confirm that it’s free of obstruction and combustible deposits.

SWIMMING POOL & SPA INSPECTION

A pool inspection ensures that there are no surprises when you go to use your pool for the first time. This inspection includes critical information on the condition of the pool’s structure, filtration, heating systems...

RADON TESTING

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas, which is colorless, odorless and tasteless and occurs naturally in soil. It is produced from radium, a byproduct formed in the decay of uranium.

Mold testing

Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins).

Indoor Air Quality testing

Children are more susceptible to air pollution because they breathe a greater volume of air relative to their body weight.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I CHOOSE A GOOD HOME INSPECTOR?

Choosing a good Home Inspector is key. There are many out there so be sure to do your research first. Look for an inspector with extensive experience, certifications, credentials and insurance.

WHAT CERTIFICATIONS AND/OR CREDENTIALS SHOULD A GOOD HOME INSPECTOR OFFER?

Look for an Inspector that is affiliated with ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors.) An Inspector with certifications in areas of importance such as Radon Testing, Mold Testing and Remediation, is also key to providing you a thorough inspection.

WHY CAN’T I HAVE SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY WHO IS VERY HANDY OR A CONTRACTOR, INSPECT MY NEW HOME?

This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, most likely, they are not trained or experienced at professional Home Inspections. Professional Home Inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional Inspectors have a keen instinct for problems. This instinct takes extensive training and years of experience to develop.

HOW LONG WILL THE INSPECTION TAKE?

Most Inspections take about two to three hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.

SHOULD I BE PRESENT DURING AN INSPECTION?

Yes; we recommend that clients not only be present during the inspection, but also involved. Home Inspection Professionals strive to be the best and a big part of how we do that is by educating our clients about the property they are looking to purchase. By being a part of the process, clients not only become familiar with the subject property but also become informed about the investment opportunity they are faced with.

CAN A HOUSE FAIL AN INSPECTION?

There is no pass or fail. While it is true that a thorough home inspection may uncover areas of concern, some which may present costly repairs, a need for updates and improvements or future maintenance and upkeep challenges, the evaluation may also bring to light attractive and valuable assets which sometimes lie hidden under the surface. HIA’s 1600 point home inspection gives clients a piece of mind, allowing them to be confidence in their buying decision.

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All of our uniformed home inspection professionals are Licensed, Insured and members of ASHI, which has the highest standards of practice and code of ethics. We’ve performed thousands of home inspections and work with some of the top real estate professionals in Washington DC area.