BUYER HOME INSPECTION
This type of inspection is the most common and popular inspection. Typically three types of people order this inspection,Window Shoppers, Contracted Buyers, and Investors. Whether you're looking to inspect the whole house or just a portion of it, Frontier Home Inspections is here to meet your needs. Each inspection includes a limited thermal scan. I also include a free home maintenance book which is full of useful information for the home buyer. My inspections follow the guidelines of the InterNACHI Residential Standards of Practice.
Seller Inspection /Move in certified™
This inspection is also known as an Pre-Listing Inspection. Over 80% of homes being sold with contractual contingencies are requiring a home inspection, the popularity of pre-listing inspections has grown in the last few years, and for good reason. Having a pre-listing inspection report available for your potential buyers shows that you have exercised due-diligence. This makes it harder for the buyer to try to implement tough negotiation tactics and, in fact, may make them feel more comfortable with your home than others that they might be looking at. I participate in Move In Certified™.
Rental Inspection / Landlord or tenant
This inspection is not a typical inspection, but is just as important as the buyer and seller type inspections. If you are a landlord, it would be worth it to you to verify the true condition of the rental prior to your tenants moving in. Likewise, if you are renter about to take occupancy of a rental, you should know the condition of the home or apartment to protect yourself and to reduce your risk of losing your security deposit.
11TH MONTH WARRANTY INSPECTION
Most new homes come with workmanship or product warranties that typically last for 12 months or longer, and then the coverage expires. So homeowners are advised to have a professional home warranty inspection done before the end of the coverage period. If the inspector discovers problems that need repair these can be handled while the warranty is still in effect, to save the homeowner money.
Purchasing bank owned, short sale, and REO properties is usually a "purchase as is" proposition, leading most home buyers to ask if a home inspection is worth the time and expense. Whether for the bank, real estate office or a prospective owner, I have found a history of inadequate maintenance, poor workmanship and vandalism, and I believe the answer is YES. I offer a comprehensive condition assessment that adheres to the InterNACHI Standards of Practice for inspections.
Annual Home Maintenance Inspection™
Not quite as involved as a full buyer/seller inspection, but equally important for the well being of your home. I follow the InterNACHI Standards of Practice for a home maintenance checkup. This video explains the importance of an annual checkup well;
THERMAL INFRARED TECHNOLOGY (LIMITED SCAN INCLUDED WITH ALL INSPECTIONS)
With the right conditions thermal imaging allows the inspector to see water, missing insulation and energy loss just to name a few things not visible to the naked eye. If you hire a home inspector without this technology some latent (hidden) defects may go undiscovered and you just bought the problem. The thermal scan included with a home inspection is limited in scope and used at the inspectors discretion. Many inspectors don't use this technology at all, and only a few include the service without additional fees. A complete thermal scan can be performed at additional expense. There are limitations to thermal imaging. Yes! Thermal energy can be reflected off of shiny surfaces such as polished metal and glass. Thermal imaging cameras cannot see through glass which is an immediate indicator of a low tech device claiming to offer “infrared imaging” to the end user. Some tablets and smart phone today tout IR technology yet are actually presenting a visual image that has been digitally manipulated to look like a thermogram. If you stand in front of a window while looking at a thermal imaging camera, you will see yourself in the window because of the thermal energy reflecting off the glass. Regardless of what Hollywood movies may show, thermal imaging cameras cannot see through walls. It is also important to know that thermal imaging cameras should not be used as the deciding factor that a problem exists. Using other instruments such as moisture meter, multimeter, or blueprint drawing of the building should always be used to confirm the problem. If your inspector is not using thermal imaging, you're not getting the best possible service.