Evergreen Home Inspection Services
When visually and safely accessible, the following systems and components will be inspected:
- Roof surfaces/roof structure/chimneys
- Gutters and drainage
- Retaining walls
- Visible structure
- Attic insulation
- Moisture Issues
- Bathroom components
- Kitchen components
- Most appliances
- Numerous components with heating/plumbing/electrical systems
- Accessible crawlspaces are inspected
Buyer’s InspectionDon’t get caught buying a home without knowing its true condition! Hiring a home inspector to inspect your potential home for defects and safety issues could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Let Evergreen Home Inspection make you aware of what you could be getting into so that you can avoid negative surprises after move-in and negotiate from a place of confidence, knowledge, and power.
Pre-Listing or Seller’s Inspection
A Pre-Listing inspection will help you take control of your home-selling experience and will reduce the risk of ‘walk-aways’ and unwarranted renegotiations due to problems revealed by a buyer’s inspection. It can often help you sell the home quicker and for a better (or more realistic) price. This inspection is a bit different than a Pre-Purchase inspection as I try to tell you not just what defects are present – but what are likely to be an issue for home buyers (and their inspectors). Depending on the buyer and the inspector, things can ‘play out’ very differently. Home sellers often think they need to fix everything and spend lots of time and money on renovations. Doing this may help but it isn’t always necessary – and can sometimes back-fire. What you need to know is what you have to fix (so it won’t scare off buyers), what you need to disclose, and what conditions you can ignore. The fact is, some buyers may not care about things you would think they care about. For some defects or deficiencies you just need to know if they are legitimate concerns so that you can make allowances if renegotiations occur.
New Construction Inspection
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that your new construction home is free from defects because it’s just been built. In fact, new construction often has more problems than older homes do. Building a home requires that lot of people get involved – contractors, subcontractors, and more – and it needs to be remembered that people make mistakes. Some builders make the same mistakes over and over again. We’ll come out and inspect the home before your final walkthrough so that you get the chance to share any discovered defects and safety issues with your builder before their contract is up and you move in.
Radon TestingRadon is a radioactive soil gas that occurs due to the presence of naturally occurring uranium in the soil and gravel beneath the home. Due to the underlying soil conditions, some homes will have elevated levels (and sometimes very elevated levels). Unfortunately, one cannot look at a home and tell whether it will have high radon levels or not. The house you are buying could be the only one on the street that has high levels – or conversely, the home you are looking at could be the one home on the street with no radon issues. You need to get this test done! The tests are simple and relatively inexpensive. We utilize both canister type tests and electronic monitors. High radon levels are subject to correction by radon mitigation systems and by other means; these are installed by radon mitigation companies. Very often, radon reduction systems are installed or paid for by the home seller. For more information check out the EPA website.
Wood-destroying organisms, like termites, can be the source of serious – and seriously expensive – damage. I look for evidence of damage from wood destroying insects during the inspection. A formal wood-destroying inspection with a National Pest Management Association report is an extra fee. The termite inspection with an NPMA report is required if you are getting a VA Mortgage.
Well Water TestingWhile Evergreen can test your well for any number of contaminants, we suggest a Comprehensive Water Test that includes upwards of 180 items, including organic chemicals, naturally-occuring minerals, arsenic, and radon in water. VA and FHA water tests are also offered.
These are lower cost inspections for current homeowners and might be of particular interest to elderly and nearly elderly homeowners. You will need to be present for a Safety Inspection. This inspection includes a specific report with safety concerns. Together we’ll evaluate high risk items and safety-related conditions in the home, including fall and trip hazards, stair safety, electrical hazards, window hazards, and more. These items are never covered after you have had your inspection done – but they are critical to your – and your family’s – health and safety.
This is not something that you need to do every year – but you still need do this periodically so that you will know where problems are developing or things are wearing out. A few of the concerns this covers includes:
– How much life is left in the roof? (Do you want to get a roofer to answer this?)
– What is causing water leaks into the home (is the roof failed or is it just a flashing leak?
– Decay and damage on siding, porches, decks, stoops, etc. What are your options for dealing with this?
– Window options: replace or renovate? Either option could be ‘right’, depending on their condition and your budget.
– Do you have a termite problem? This inspection includes a ‘non-warrantied’ inspection that would normally cost $100+.
– Identification of possible mold problems in the attic. How to deal with this.
– Options and low cost measures to deal with basement water problems.
– Suspect problems due to cracks, settlements, or poor performance.
– What areas of the home should you be budgeting for repairs on.
This is a low cost inspection that is designed to save money by providing you with objective advice on home repairs and renovations. We are not there to sell you a new window, a new roof, or new siding!
Consulting on Specific Problems
Hire Evergreen Home Inspection to provide an unbiased and objective evaluation of specific home-related issues, including an evaluation of damage and roof longevity, and to provide specific problem analysis.
Evergreen Home Inspection serves northeast Massachusetts, including North and MetroWest Boston, Merrimack Valley, and North Shore, as well as southern New Hampshire.
Ask about our discounts for Pre-Listing/Seller’s Inspections.
Unlimited Post-Inspection ConsultationsMy competitively-priced property inspections come with a quick turnaround time and FREE post-inspection follow-up telephone consultations to ensure issues have been addressed.
Make your appointment today. Call 978-373-1390 or Request an Inspection now.