Purchasing a home is probably one of the largest investments you will ever make. It does not matter if it is your first home purchase, a vacation home, spec house, or investment property, prudent buyers should request inspections to ensure the integrity of the new home you planning on purchasing.
The home inspection typically starts with an exterior inspection. Items looked at include; site drainage, walks and patios, decks, entry ways, side wall shingles, roofs, skylights, and gutters.
All doors and windows will be looked at during the course of the inspection. Windows and doors will be operated and the trim will be inspected for decay or damage.
The heating and cooling systems will be operated and inspected for defects. The system will be looked at in all areas of the home and operated where allowed.
During the inspection the interior spaces including the kitchen and bathrooms will be inspected for defects. Walls, ceilings and floors will also be looked at in all rooms.
The inspection will also focus on the plumbing pipes, shut offs, and hot water tank or tanks. All mechanical areas that can be accessed will be.
The electric inspection will include the electric service lines, electric panel ,and interior and exterior plugs. The interior and exterior lighting will also be inspected.
Nantucket Home Inspection can report on many things related to the soundness of the home. But one thing I cannot observe with the naked eye are the airborne chemicals present in the home that could potentially affect the health of you and your family. I have chosen to offer my customers a state-of-the-art test that checks for chemicals and mold in the air that could potentially make you and your family sick, and provides you with an assessment of the home air quality. Here are some important facts from the E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) and the C.D.C ( Center for Disease Control) to know: (1) The air in your home can have 100 times more chemicals inside than outside, and that adults and kids now spend most of their time indoors (90%). (2) In the United States 20+ million adults have asthma, and the National Asthma Survey has reported that asthma is the most prevalent chronic disease among children. These numbers continue to increase annually, suggesting that the indoor environment plays a contributing role in this trend. (3) 1. Mold growth can be present within the home and be hidden behind walls or underneath carpeting or flooring. (4) The use of Formaldehyde is prevalent in certain building materials and the concentration of this known cancer-causing agent can be many times the safe level. The Test I use is state of the art, and is a low-cost test designed to measure the chemicals in the air and find hidden mold. It is performed during the home inspection, and it reports the total amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Mold Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs) found in the home and whether they are within a recommended safe range. Get peace of mind that the air in the home you’re buying is safe to breathe. Call us today about performing an accurate, affordable test as part of a complete home inspection service.
In the United States, agricultural runoff and wastewater discharge contribute to the contamination of our water resources, and an estimated 7 million Americans become sick each year from contaminated tap water. Municipal, drinking water systems regulated by the EPA provide 60 percent of Nantucket homes with their drinking water. These supplies are tested routinely for pathogens, radioactive materials, toxic chemicals and dozens of other contaminants, and suppliers are required by law to provide annual test results to customers. Responsibility for testing private water supplies generally lies with property owners. The Massachusetts's Department of Environmental Testing recommends testing your private water supply before buying a home and once a year after that. Nantucket Home inspections can provide a comprehensive test that meets FHA and VA testing requirements. The test looks for elevated levels of Coliform, E. Coli, Lead, Iron, Nitrates/Nitrite, and turbidity. The test are sent to a national recognized lab to determine the levels for each contaminate, and the report will break down all findings in an easy to follow format
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas and therefore not detectable by human senses alone. Epidemiological studies have shown a clear link between breathing high concentrations of radon and incidence of lung cancer. Thus, radon is considered a significant contaminant that affects indoor air quality worldwide. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking, causing 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. While radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, it is the number one cause among non-smokers, according to EPA estimate. Some level of radon will be found in most homes. While Radon gas is not found in large quantities or in all areas of the island, I can perform the test if you are concerned.
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