We present our clients with thorough home inspections, detailed and comprehensive reports, and superior customer service on each and every job we perform. We are impartial and work for YOU.
Our faithfulness to the InterNachi Code of Ethics allows you to rest assured that our professional opinion is unbiased and impartial. Our Home Inspection service is designed to provide you with a comprehensive, fair, independent, and objective evaluation so that you can understand and take care of your valuable investment.
Pre-Purchase (Buyer’s) Inspections
This type of inspection is usually performed after a property has been put on the market by a seller but before a potential buyer has taken possession of the property prior to the closing contract. The buyer will usually sign a contingency agreement with the seller prior to ordering this type of inspection. If a property fails to meet the buyer’s expectations as a result of the inspection, then the sale may fall through. In many cases, a Buyer’s Inspection will help both the buyer and the seller to identify damage or other problems that may exist with a property so that both parties can either renegotiate the selling price or the seller’s responsibilities to repair the property at the seller’s expense prior to the final close. Even if the seller has already performed a Seller’s Inspection, buyers should still perform their own inspections to prevent “seller’s bias” in any shape or form.
Periodic Maintenance Inspections
This type of inspection is performed every two years to assure the health of your family and the safety of your real estate investment. Periodic Maintenance Inspections are necessary to assure the integrity of your structure in-between storms and droughts, to check the building’s integrity that may compromised by cracked beams or foundations, to visually inspect for wood-destroying insects, and more. Any of these situations can contribute to decrease home value or pose a physical risk to your family if not identified in time.
This type of inspection is performed prior to the expiration of your home warranty. It is used to take advantage of the features and benefits of your home warranty to assure that necessary repairs guaranteed under your warranty are executed should a damage or problems be discovered.
Robotic Crawlspace Inspection
Inspecx Home & Commercial offers robotic crawlspace inspections to help in detection of issues in areas of home crawlspaces that are otherwise inaccessible to other home inspectors. Robotics help in finding where you can save energy dollars!
• Insulation efficiency and coverage
• Find water leaks, in walls, plumbing and other invasive issues. Find out what’s causing that odor!
• Water intrusion
• Possible areas of mold buildup
• Evaluation of the electrical system of the house, looking for loose wiring, poor connections and other dangerous conditions
Pre-Listing (Seller’s) Inspections
This type of inspection is usually performed by a seller before a property is listed or announced for sale. The property owner will perform a Seller’s Inspection to determine what damage or other problems exist with a property in order to determine factors such as fair market value, discount values, or any pre-listing expenditure necessary to increase the value and desirability of the property.
Rental/Property Management Inspections
If you own rental property, then you already understand the need to assure that your property is in tip-top shape prior to allowing renters to occupy the building. You are also aware of the need to assure that your property has not been damaged before renters vacate the property. A rental/property management inspection is designed to protect you from serious liability that can result from renting or leasing a potentially hazardous property. Additionally, a rental/property management inspection also helps you to protect your assets by identifying damage that may have potentially been caused by occupants.
New Construction (Builder) Inspections
This type of inspection is usually performed immediately after your new home has been built and is considered “ready” for occupancy by the builder and appropriate legal authorities (such as a zoning or code inspector).
This type of inspection is most-often used when a homeowner feels that a problem may exist. For example, you may want to engage in an Investigative Inspection after a severe storm, if you experience and odd smell in your home that cannot be identified, or if you notice unusual pest and insect activity. In many cases, Investigative Inspections can help homeowners to catch problems before they become an expensive or irreversible liability.
Who should have a home inspection?
Anyone buying a home, whether for a principal place of residence or as an investment, should have it inspected prior to purchase. Most sellers would benefit from having their home inspected before it is listed to identify any major defects that could affect the value of the house. Remember, the true cost of a house is the purchase price plus the costs for upgrading substandard, deteriorated or malfunctioning components.
What is included in a home inspection?
A home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of a residential dwelling. The purpose of a home inspection is to identify observed material defects within specific components, including any mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing or other essential systems or portions of the home.
What is radon? Why should I test for it?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that you are not able to see, smell or taste. By breathing in air containing radon, you increase your chances of getting lung cancer. The good news is that your home inspector from Inspecx can test radon levels, and a house with high radon levels (4 pCi/L or higher) can be fixed.
The EPA provides extensive information on radon, its risks and solutions for homes with high radon levels.
What is mold? Why should I test for it?
Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors everywhere. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Inspecx assists clients with evaluating moisture and mold issues. We can perform surface sampling where there are visible suspect growths. Air sampling is recommended if there is evidence of prior water damage but suspicion of possible hidden mold growth.
Are you insured?
Inspecx Home Inspections is fully insured for errors and omissions as well as for general liability in excess of Virginia state requirements for home inspectors.
Should I use an architect or engineer to inspect my home?
An architect or engineer, while having a specific advanced degree, may be no more qualified to perform a home inspection than any other home inspector. To inspect homes, the architect or engineer has had to undergo the same training and pass the same exams as any other inspector. A degree in electrical engineering may be ideal for inspecting electrical systems, but what about the structure or the plumbing or other systems? Home inspectors need to have general knowledge about all systems within a house.
Do you get on every roof?
No. Home inspectors have to protect their own safety. Some roofs just are not safe for an inspector to walk on (walking on roofs that are in bad condition also poses a risk of further damage as well). However, the condition of the roof can typically be just as easily evaluated by looking at other areas of the house as well. Leaks in the ceiling or attic are also clear indicators that our inspectors always look for.
When will I get my report?
Inspecx will send a link to your report within 2-business days. Testing reports for water/mold/radon sometimes takes a bit longer as they are sent to a lab.