Is the roof leaking? Is the insulation spotty and/or missing? Is there moisture in the walls or floor? To a trained professional, a thermal imaging scan is absolutely key and a very necessary tool in helping to assess the condition of your home. This is why we use state of the art thermal imaging equipment and a thermal imaging scan comes standard with EVERY home inspection!
Is the furnace leaking deadly carbon monoxide? Is your gas furnace properly vented? Is the evaporator coil clean? Is there enough return air?
Your home's HVAC/R system is very important, and can be a major expense when not functioning correctly. Our job, at Better Home Inspections, is to shed some light as to its current operational potential. Our home inspector can help address issues with your HVAC/R system and inform you of any concerns.
Is your bathtub's overflow drain Is your bathtub's overflow drain working? Was it sized correctly? Is the plumbing leaking? Is it vented correctly? PEX, Galvanized, Copper, or Lead? Is there a well? When was the well filter replaced? Is there a septic tank? A leach field? How old is the well pump equipment? How about the water heater?
These are only some of the questions that our professional inspectors will address during your home inspection! At Southern Idaho Home inspections, we understand that pumbing repairs can be costly. Our inspectors specialize in any and all aspects of a home's plumbing system. your home inspection! At Better Home Inspections we understand that plumbing repairs can be expensive our inspectors specialize in any and all aspects of a home's plumbing system.
Are your floors unlevel? Are your doors failing to latch or binding? Are there cracks above the windows extending into the ceiling? If so, there may be a foundation problem with the home.
The following are all potential structural issues when it comes to your home's foundation:
If you have a slab foundation, we will assess visible cracks and make a determination based on size, direction of movement, and location or if a structural engineer is needed to determine whether these signs point to normal settling or to structural damage.
When it comes to inspecting the electrical system of your home, our inspectors checklist extends, but is not limited to:
1. Service drop.
2. Service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways
3. service equipment and main disconnects
4. Service grounding
5. Interior components of service panels and subpanels
7. Overcurrent protection devices
8. A representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles
9. Ground fault circuit interrupters and arc fault circuit interrupters.
In our extensive report, we will describe:
1. Amperage rating of the service.
2. Location of main disconnect(s) and sub-panels
3. Presence or absence of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms
4. The predominant branch circuit wiring method.
Is there deteriorated caulking or rust spots on the flashing? Are there shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering? Is there missing or broken shingles? How about cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes. Is there a missing or damaged chimney cap? If there is moss, this usually indicates that the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.
If you find piles of colored grit from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters, that’s a bad sign — those sand-like granules cover the surface of roof shingles and shield them from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. In some cases, we can asess the age of your roofing and see if it’s nearing the end of its life cycle.
A professional inspector that knows what to look for can help detect moisture damage and alert you of potentially expensive repairs.
On the interior we will inspect:
On the exterior we will inspect: