OUR INSPECTION SERVICES
Beyond the exterior and interior beauty of the building your about to purchase lies many hidden things that only an experienced and certified, professional can see. The structure itself as well as many components such as; the foundation, roofing, doors, windows, electrical wiring and panels, plumbing fixtures, sewer drains and other environmental hazards (ex. termites, radon, mold, etc.) can all affect the value of the building you are purchasing. Top to Bottom makes sure your investment is sound from the roof all the way down to the foundation and everything in between. We also offer other inspection services which we can schedule the same day of your building inspection with us.
A building inspection is performed after you have an accepted, signed contract to purchase your new home. The inspection period is usually
10 days, unless otherwise noted in the contract. As soon as you have the accepted contract you will need to contact us, to perform your home inspeciton. Our inspections are performed using the American Society of Home Inspectors Standards of Practice. ASHI Inspectors are held to the highest technical standards, adherence to a strict code of ethics and the very best in customer service and education. ASHI is a professional organization of home inspectors.
Home inspections performed using this Standard are intended to provide the client with information about the condition of the inspected systems and components at the time of the home inspection. During inspection we will inspect readily accessible, visually observable, installed
systems and components of your home and provide you, (the client) with
a written report and photo images. The report will state those systems and components inspected that, in the professional judgement of the inspector, are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives and reccomend to correct, or monitor for future correction the deficiencies reported and report any items that may need further evaluation while adhering to the ASHI® Code of Ethics for the Home Inspection Profession.
We will inspect components and elements of the structure, including the foundation and framing, exterior wall coverings, exterior doors, decks, porches, balconies, walkways, patios and driveways, roofing, chimney, skylights, flashing and other associated elements affecting the exterior of your home. In addition, we will inspect the components and elements of the interior of your home such as; walls, ceilings, floors, operation of controls of installed kitchen appliances, plumbing fixtures, sump pumps, sewage drain pipes, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, energy sources, location of water main and fuel shut-off valves, electrical service and fixtures, a representative number of windows and doors, insulation and ventilation of attics and unfinished areas and check for the presence of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
PLEASE NOTE: While inspectors may check the electrical, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing fixtures of the home, this inspection only applies to open areas and not to any wiring, pipes or ventilation, hidden within a wall. The Inspector may reccomend you get professional advice on some issues and repairs from a licensed electrician, plumber or HVAC professional that specializes in their particular field.
Radon is a colorless, radioactive, inert gaseous element formed by the radioactive decay of radium. In some areas of the country, as many as one out of two homes have high levels of radon. Radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in North America. The EPA estimates that 1 out of every 15 homes have elevated levels of radon gas. You can ask us to schedule a Radon Inspection of your home for an added charge.
INFRARED CAMERA INSPECTION
Infrared Camera Inspection is an additional service to our standard home inspections. Infrared inspections are done with a thermal camera, which shows surface temperature differences, which can give clues to a host of different problems with homes. Infrared cameras can identify roof leaks, ceiling moisture, hot or cold spots in attic and walls, improper home insulation, plumbing leaks, wet basement walls and more. This service can also be provided for an additional charge.
Very few property owners are aware that they are responsible for the sewer line (sewer lateral) from the building to the city main. Broken, flat, offset, or root-infested sewer lines can cause sewage to back up into your house, leading to extensive property damage in your home. Sewer back-ups can cause thousands of dollars in property damage. Although insurance companies will usually pay for cleanup and restoration; repair or replacement of the line is typically excluded, which can cost thousands of dollars to the homeowner. Having a sewer or septic line inspection prior to purchasing a property is a proactive, educated buying decision, so you can plan for upcoming maintenance, budget for necessary repairs, or gain valuable price negotiation. Ask your inspector about this inspec-tion for an additional charge.
The HVAC inspector is to assess the structural integrity and operation of an HVAC system. Inspectors search for excess moisture, obstructions and microbial contamination in the HVAC system. If there are any concerns regarding your heating, ventilation ask your inspector for a professional HVAC installer to do an inpection of the system. Available for an additional charge.
Anyone can check a home for termites, but only a certified termite inspector is trained and qualified to determine for sure if a home has termites. Because of this, most states and lenders now require a certified termite inspector to fill out an NPMA-33 form, to be sure that no wood destroying organisms are present. Whatever your situation is, make sure to protect your investments with a proper termite inspection.
Your inspector can schedule this service for you to coincide with the scheduled home inpection he is doing. Most lenders require a Termite Inspection before final approval of your home loan.
Termite Inspections are
available at an additional charge.
Ask your inspector about a Gas Safety Inspection of your home. You can contact a reputable heating and a/c professional to do a safety inpection of all the gas appliances in your home to let you know of any items in need of of repairs or replacement. Laclede Gas company of St. Louis also offers a gas safety inspection and can make any necessary repairs to your home. They offer easy payment options and accept major credit cards. To schedule a home sale inspection contact:
Laclede Gas 314-621-6960
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A PRE-LISTING HOME INSPECTION!
A Pre-Listing Home inspection can reveal problems ahead of time, which:
Might make the home show better.
Gives the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
Permits the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
Removes over-inflated buyer-procured estimates from the negotiation table, which can reduce your final sale price.