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FAQ

Our Promise

We take our responsibilities seriously. No matter who our client is, we promise to carry out all work functions to the best of our abilities with fairness and impartiality to all. Safety of ourselves and the public are in the forefront when performing inspections.

Training and education are among the top priorities for our inspectors to ensure up-to-date and ACCURATE knowledge of all systems and components for residential buildings. Along with proper knowledge of building systems, it is vital that we remain compliant with local governmental requirements, laws, and regulations so that we ensure our job tasks do not put anyone at risk or compromise our integrity.

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Home Inspections

What's Inspected/Reported?
  • Roof cladding (shingles/panels & flashings) of all types and materials

  • Roof drainage (gutters)

  • Chimneys

  • Exterior cladding (siding) -no matter the type or material including masonry products

  • Exterior grading, vegetation, & driveways and any impact on the building if any

  • Decks, patios, porches, & walkways

  • Exterior doors & windows

  • Garages & garage car doors

  • Exterior columns/piers/posts

  • Electrical fixtures, main & sub panels, wiring, and service entry to the home

  • Plumbing fixtures, water heaters, supply/drainage/and ventilation piping

  • HVAC heating and cooling systems including ducts and mini-split systems

  • Interior doors, countertops, cabinets, and stairways

  • Built-in kitchen appliances such as microwaves and stoves

  • Floor structures including stick-built and engineered wood products

  • Foundations including slab on grade, crawl spaces, and basements

  • Roof structures including stick-built and engineered wood products

  • Insulation and ventilation of attics, crawl spaces, and basements

  • Manufactured/mobile homes

  • Multi-dwelling properties

  • Pre-drywall homes

  • Single family homes

  • Rental properties

How much does an inspection cost?

We provide a simplistic approach when it comes to pricing. The cost of an inspection varies depending on the size of the property and the type of inspection needed. We do not charge extra for things like foundation type, age of the home, or the amount of time required in order to complete a thorough inspection. Even though every property varies from another, a one flat fee price model helps us to focus on more important things before, during, and after the inspection.

Should I get an inspection?

We are biased here, but ask yourself: "How would I benefit from an inspection on a home right now?" and; "What would be my drawbacks from getting an inspection report?". In certain situations, such as getting approved for refinancing, a home inspection is actually required or mandatory. Every situation varies, however, the most-often hesitation for getting a home inspection is hardly ever the cost. The average cost of a home inspection, both in time and money, is a drop in the bucket compared to what can come from not getting one upfront. Some individuals are convinced that they do not need one and they are better off saving the money for something else. In this case the same still holds true. If you have to question whether or not you need an inspection, the most likely answer is yes.

I'm a Real Estate agent, why should I recommend Home Score?

Real estate agents serve a vital role in the home buying and selling process. Whether they represent experienced investors, first time home buyers, sellers, or anything in between, they are integral for providing answers AND asking the right questions. Such a role is made easier when aided with a competent and reputable home inspector. Home Score is responsible for telling their clients the condition of the property they are about to buy or sell which requires honesty, accuracy, transparency, and appropriate levels of concern where appropriate. Such conversations require tact, understanding, and professionalism. Without compromising integrity of inspections, Home Score and it's inspectors maintain all of these necessary qualities both verbally and in written reports not only to ensure the best customer experience, but to also compliment the reputation of all agents who work along with us. Above all else, Home Score seeks to protect the consumer and to ensure safety of the public.

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RadonTesting FAQ

Radon Testing

I've never heard of radon, what is it?

Simply, radon is a type of gas that causes lung cancer.

 

Specifically, radon is a radioactive gas that is naturally produced as a result of mineral decomposition. Because of this naturally occurring process, radon comes out of the ground and is sucked into the buildings we live in because of the negative pressure that exists between the inside and outside of the structure. This is a concern because radon gas causes lung cancer in humans when exposed to elevated concentrations for prolonged periods of time. Radon gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless -meaning that there is no way of knowing how much radon gas is inside your home without proper testing. Every home has some level of radon. Remember, radon gas is naturally occurring, so this is expected. How much radon is getting inside the building is what the test will indicate.

What if my house has high levels of radon?

If your radon test detected elevated levels of radon inside the home, you should consult with a licensed general contractor with experience in radon mitigation. When speaking with the contractor, they may require further testing. Our tests are continuous 48 hour tests, this is the industry standard and within EPA guidelines. As a specialist though, further testing will allow the contractor to have a better understanding for your home's specific needs. The contractor will then determine the best mitigation method for your home. The most common method of radon mitigation for residential homes involves the installation of a negative pressure system underneath the foundation. This system collects a majority of the radon gas and diverts it above the home. Keep in mind that some levels of radon can still be present inside the home even though a mitigation system is installed. This is why it is called mitigation. Radon levels cannot be completely eliminated, but can be reduced to a lower level which has been suggested by the EPA.

My test found radon, do I need to hire a specialist?

Radon gas is naturally produced from mineral decomposition, meaning, radon gas is technically everywhere. This is not a significant concern though because radon gas is widely known to be harmful mostly when exposed to it in elevated concentrations and for prolonged periods of time. Once radon gas is mixed with natural air, its potency is quickly diminished. Though there is no known safe level of exposure to radon gas, the EPA has provided an industry standardized measurement which will help you to determine what is best for you and your family.

How long is the test?

There are different methods for testing radon levels each with varying durations and equipment. The industry standardized tests we perform utilize EPA approved equipment and methods. Our tests are continuous air sample tests and last 48 hours. If you would like specialized testing or tests with longer durations, it is recommended that you consult a licensed general contractor that specializes in radon mitigation. 

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