Home Inspection – Skamania, Washington
Are you looking to buy a home in Skamania, Washington? Thinking about forgoing one of the most important steps of buying a home — the home inspection? Such a mistake that could cost you dearly.
Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, or you are buying a vacation property, you need to know what you are buying. The only way to truly know the condition of a home is by having a home inspection done by a professional inspector.
Home Inspections for Skamania, Washington Sellers
Although it is more common to have home inspections done, it can be a very smart move for sellers to also have these inspections. Regardless of how old your home is or how long you’ve lived in it, there could be unknown issues lurking under the surface. After all, how often do you crawl into the attic or crawl space to check for issues? There could easily be problems that you might not even know exist.
A pre-listing inspection can help you market your home. Most buyers would be pleased to know the condition of the home before making an offer. A pre-listing inspection can make the process of selling your home quicker and easier overall. It allows you to have more control during the process of selling your home. Since you will know of any issues ahead of time, you will have time to get multiple bids and choose the contractor who you want to complete the repair. You can even choose to do the work yourself if you are qualified.
Types of Skamania, Washington Home Inspections
There are several different types of home inspections that we offer. We offer standard full and mobile home inspections plus a variety of other optional inspections. Our goal is to provide comprehensive information to help you make informed real estate decisions.
Full Home Inspections
A full home inspection is a comprehensive report that details all of the major systems and components of your home. As long as they are accessible, we thoroughly inspect these areas:
- Roof – Condition of shingles, flashing, vents, skylights, gutters and downspouts
- Attic- Insulation, ventilation, and support.
- Lot and site – Landscaping, walkways, sidewalks.
- Exterior – Siding condition and material, paint age and condition, porches, patios, fences, and attached structures.
- Garage – Firewall, ceilings, walls and garage door openers.
- Foundation and structure – Cracks, water damage, gaps on exterior and window frames
- Basement or crawl space – Supports, evidence of moisture or flooding problems.
- Interior – Ceilings, interior doors, closets, floors, stairways, steps, and landings.
- Kitchen – Sinks, cabinets, countertops, appliances (including the range, oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and built-in microwave).
- Plumbing – Tubs and showers, drains, water heater, interior pipes, and drain lines.
- Electrical – Main service panel, outlets, fixtures, ceiling fans, lighting, wiring, circuit breakers, and fuses
- Heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) – Furnace, A/C, and venting.
- Fireplaces, wood-burning stoves – Chimneys, vents, and visible flues.
Manufactured Home Inspections
Are you buying a mobile or manufactured home? Mobile home inspections are similar to standard home inspections. However, there are some differences between the two, which is why it is important to choose a home inspector who is qualified to conduct mobile home inspections. At Nonprofit Home Inspections, we have earned the Mobile Home Inspector certification by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). This certification ensures that we are qualified to conduct mobile home inspections.
Mold can be a nightmare for any homeowner. Excessive mold can damage the structure of a home. It can also cause occupants to become ill. Mold can be expensive to remediate. Therefore, it is prudent to have mold testing done before buying a home. Mold testing is an expensive, easy way to tell if there is mold in a home and what species of mold is present. We’ll also check for conditions that cause mold, such as signs of excessive moisture and dampness.
If you are thinking about buying a home, or selling your home, then you really should consider radon testing. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that all homes be tested for radon. The EPA has taken such a strong stance on radon because exposure to this radioactive gas has been linked with lung cancer. Health experts warn that radon exposure is the second-leading cause of lung cancer.
More than 6 million homes in the United States have radon levels above what is considered safe, which is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Radon occurs when uranium breaks down in the soil (uranium first becomes radium and then turns into radon). Radon is a heavy gas that becomes trapped in homes once it enters. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless so you would never know that it is present unless you opt for radon testing. Because we feel strongly about the importance of radon testing, we offer free radon testing kits to those who qualify.
Oil Tank Sweep
Oil tank sweeps are becoming more common in real estate transactions. That is because home buyers are beginning to realize how many problems a buried oil tank can cause. There are more than half a million buried storage tanks nationwide. Many older homes were heated with heating oil. As homeowners made the move to natural gas, old petroleum tanks were abandoned underground. These tanks pose several threats when not removed or properly remediated. The biggest threat is leaking, which can contaminate groundwater. Therefore, it is prudent to opt for an oil tank sweep when having a home inspection.
Are You Interested in a Career as a Washington Home Inspector?
In addition to conducting home inspections, we are also one of the few educational providers approved by the Washington State Department of Licensing to provide Washington home inspector training to future home inspectors. We have partnered with InterNACHI, to offer high-quality classroom plus hands-on training that will help you meet the requirements to be a licensed home inspector in the State of Washington. Once you complete the course, you will be prepared to sit for the national home inspector examination.
Schedule your home inspection today online. Do you have questions about home inspections? We’d be glad to answer any questions or concerns. Contact us at 1-360-558-7600 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.