Our Inspection Packages
We offer three exclusive Home Inspection Packages that allow you to select the range of services you prefer, so you can have peace of mind about buying the home you love. Your report is printed and delivered at the time of the inspection, so there’s no waiting for results. You’ll also have online access to your report anytime.
Additional Inspection Services
We offer several inspection packages as well as other inspection related services. These added services can be arranged together with the home inspection, or scheduled on an individual basis.
Click on any of the following inspection services for more information:
- Methamphetamine (Meth) Testing
- Wood Destroying Organism (Termites) Inspections
- Condominium Inspections
- Light Commercial Inspections
- Lead Testing
- Pre-Sale Inspections to Prepare a Home for Sale
- Warranty Inspections
- Mold Testing
- Radon Testing
- Foundation Elevation Surveys
- Home Maintenance Inspections
- Asbestos Testing
- New Construction Inspections
Meth is a growing concern in Utah. A recent study showed that meth was the primary reason for substance abuse treatment in Utah among women; higher than alcohol. (www.endmethnow.org) The DEA has listed Salt Lake City as one of the top 5 ‘hubs’ for trafficking meth manufactured internationally. Labs are becoming less of a concern, but smoking meth can still leave toxic residues in the carpet, walls, heating ducts, etc., contaminating the home. Routine cleaning and painting these areas will not remove these chemicals. Some homes that were not cleaned properly have tested positive a decade later. Meth has crossed all socio-economic boundaries finding its way into low income rentals and upscale multi-million dollar homes. Cleanup can run $10,000+. Our tests will alert you to contamination so you can feel comfortable with the safety and value of your home. Recommended for all homes especially rentals, foreclosures, or homes that have been vacant for several months.
Termites are not foreign to Utah…we find them more often that you might think. The destruction happens more gradually in our area than the horror stories you may be familiar with in other parts of the country. Because of this, many people don’t even realize they have a problem. Because we don’t treat for termites you can be assured our assessment is 100% unbiased. There’s nothing for us to gain by finding (or not finding) termites. Recommended for all homes especially homes with basements; areas closer to the mountains/foothills tend to be at higher risk.
Many ask us if a condo inspection is worth the money. A condo can experience just as many deficiencies and problems as a traditional home. In many cases condos are used as rentals or investment properties. An inspection can identify previous damages and maintenance issues as well as provide a thorough repair list to consider before moving in or leasing to new tenants. Other testing like mold, meth, lead paint, etc. can save considerable headache for the landlord/owner when tenants start making unnecessary claims regarding these potential health concerns.
From doctor’s offices to religious venues, we can inspect and have inspected many commercial properties. Specialized equipment is excluded (restaurant or manufacturing equipment, etc.), but basic electrical, heating and structural systems are usually consistent between commercial and residential properties. Our inspection can alert you to maintenance and potential safety and liability issues before you complete your purchase.
Lead was a common ingredient in paints until the 70s. Flaking lead paint can be ingested by children and sanding or scraping lead paint when remodeling or renovating can allow lead dust to be inhaled. Lead poisoning is dangerous for both children and adults. Many of the do-it-yourself test kits have proven unreliable in recent studies. We use EPA approved test kits to screen the home for the possible presence of lead in the paint. Recommended for homes older than 1980, especially if renovations are planned.
During the home buying process there are two main areas of price negotiation. The first is the initial offer; the second is after the inspection. This can be an overwhelming time for both the buyer and seller and can often cause the deal to go south. By having you home pre-inspected, you are able to remove one whole phase of the negotiation. Sure the buyer might not accept your inspection and could choose to still have it inspected. But the items found, if any should not amount to much and will be far easier to deal with having had a pre-inspection. A pre-sale inspection can save you time and money as well as reduce potential liability.
Most homebuilders offer a 1-2 year builder warranty on new construction. A few months prior to your warranty’s expiration we can go through your home to identify a list of maintenance items as well as possible defects or deficiencies that may be covered by the builder’s warranty. Many items we find are such that major problems won’t manifest until much later. A warranty inspection is a means for proactively identifying repairs and maintenance to avoid costly repairs in the future. The best part is that in many cases the warranty may cover the expense of the repair.
Mold is everywhere around us. Some people develop adverse symptoms when exposed to high concentrations of mold and mold spores. Mold can develop within 24 hours given a food source and moisture. Although the home inspection will identify any unusual moisture or leakage, the detection of mold is beyond the scope of the regular home inspection. Some substances look like mold, but in most cases testing and analysis is the only way to confirm the presence of mold. Molds often hide in the wall cavities or areas not accessible to a home inspector. There are two primary tests we offer for mold. With a lift or swab, a sample that is suspected to be mold can be collected and sent to our lab for analysis. When there is no visual evidence of mold, an air sample can be taken to alert you to a high relative concentration of mold spores in the air, which may indicate an unseen mold presence in the home. Recommended for all homes, especially where children, elderly people, or those with respiratory sensitivities will be living in the home.
Radon is a radioactive gas that enters our homes from the ground and is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. The EPA estimates 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. The EPA estimates 1 in 15 homes is at risk. The Utah Department of Health estimates 1 in 3 homes is at risk of elevated radon levels state-wide. Radon is found in almost half the homes tested in Utah County (43%). We use a continuous radon monitor that samples the air every hour for a minimum of 48 hours. A continuous monitor provides more reliable data than a charcoal test offered by many inspectors. Our reports will provide a graph showing the radon levels as well as alert you to any movements and possible tampering. If radon levels are high, you will be able to take action to reduce those levels and protect your family. Recommended for all homes especially homes with basements; areas closer to the mountains/foothills tend to be at higher risk.
Contrary to what most people believe, an out of level foundation is not uncommon. In fact most building standards allow for a foundation to have up to a 1 inch rise every 20 feet…That means your 60 foot rambler could be 3 inches higher on one side and that would still be “within current building standards”. If the home was built this way that is unfortunate. If the home is moving or settling, this may indicate more serious and costly structural problems. Our surveys provide you with detailed elevation measurements for every area in your home so if settling occurs, you have a benchmark to compare to; you have the data to show there has been movement and the means to justify remediation. Recommended for all new homes as well as homes built in the ‘foothills’ of the valley as settling is more common in these areas. We also recommend a follow-up survey before your builder’s warranty period expires to identify even minimal movement that may have occurred.
These inspections are most often ordered by concerned children for elderly parents, whose home may be in need of maintenance and repair; also concerned parents who own a home where college kids are living. The maintenance inspection evaluates the condition of the property and provides a list of maintenance and repairs necessary to maintain and protect the property.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with wonderful properties of durability, thermal strength, and insulating abilities. Unfortunately it is also a known carcinogen. This material is very common in homes built prior to the 1980s, however in most cases the material is not a health hazard. When testing is necessary, we work with a Utah certified contractor to collect samples and provide services to determine the severity of the problem as well as remediation options.
Many will argue that a new home has no need for an inspection because, well, it’s new. Our experience shows that new homes often have a larger list of issues that a home that is only a few years old. There usually aren’t major issues, but things that would normally work themselves out within the first year or two. We feel knowing about these items up front and dealing with them proactively saves countless dollars, headaches and frustrations in the future. Most builders offer a 12 month warranty and will come and fix little items, but its much easier to have everything taken care of at the same time, before you move it.
As a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) you can trust us to objectively and independently provide you with a comprehensive analysis of the home’s major systems and components—apart from anyone's interests other than your own. To view these standards and learn more about ASHI, visit www.ashi.org.