Full Home Inspection
The home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by the industry standards (State of New Mexico, InterNACHI and ASHI) that are both observed and deemed material by the inspection process. The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process, but includes as a minimum the following:
Inspector physically walks the roof and makes close observations of the condition of roof covering materials, flashings, penetrations and roof drainage systems.
Inspector views the exterior course of the home, observing the condition of the siding material, eaves, site grading and drainage, as well as driveways, walkways and fencing.
Inspector observes the structural conditions and types of accessible foundations, walls and attic spaces, as well as attached porch and deck structures.
HEATING AND COOLING
Inspector operates the heating systems and cooling systems (when seasonally appropriate) and reports on proper function, installation and serviceability.
Inspector observes the sewer system, water distribution system, hot water equipment and gas distribution.
VENTING AND DUCTING
Inspector observes the heating and cooling ductwork, mechanical exhaust systems, ventilation systems, and insulation.
Inspector observes the main electrical service entrance, electrical panels, branch wiring, electrical fixtures, outlets and switches, smoke alarms and ground fault protection.
Inspector observes the fireplace vents, flues, chimneys, firebox, dampers, doors, frames and controls.
Inspector observes the interior and exterior doors, garage overhead doors, windows, flooring, stairways, walls, ceilings, countertops and cabinetry.
Inspector operates and reports on issues with built in appliances, including: dishwashers, microwaves, refrigerators, disposals, ovens and cooktops.
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Termite and Dry Rot Inspections
I offer a supplemental Termite and Dry Rot inspection to the home inspection in an effort to provide a well rounded inspection service for my clients. Through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture I am a licensed Pest Management Consultant who is certified and qualified to inspect for all Category 7D wood destroying pests; such as termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees and wood boring beetles.
The inspection identifies if there is any visible evidence of WDO's through the inspection of all accessible areas. The report also evaluates whether there is evidence of prior treatments, and offers recommendations for treatment and prevention. The final report is submitted on the National Pest Management Associations form NPMA-33 and supplemental Dry Rot report.
As an additional service, the re-inspection service covers only items listed on the inspection report as "Deficient". We urge clients to acquire invoices from legitimate businesses that have the repairs outlined on the invoice from the seller.
The fee for the re-inspection service varies based on location and items to be re-inspected but is typically $75 for the Albuquerque Rio Rancho area and $125 for other areas such as Placitas, Los Lunas, and the East Mountains.
It is important to note that a re-inspection is an optional service and there is no guarantee that the inspector will be able to schedule the service within the time frame needed. It is often the case that there is a narrow window of time between the completion of repairs and the time of closing, so scheduling in advance is recommended.
Before you decide to hire a Home Inspector, keep in mind these key points:
Select a Home Inspector that is licensed in the State of New Mexico, as well as Certified through a National Association such as "International Association of Certified Home Inspectors" or "American Society of Home Inspectors". These associations require the Home Inspector to complete continuing education, as well as other resources that aid in advancing the profession.
Choose an Inspector that is experienced and confident in the Home Inspection profession. Simply having a State License or a Certification is the minimum requirement to enter the industry. An experienced and confident home inspector has been in the profession for many years with thousands of inspections performed.
The Home Inspector should be properly Insured. This is added protection for both the home owner and buyer.
A quality Home Inspector should be full time and perform no more than two home inspections per day. This ensures the Inspector will not be rushing through the inspection and possibly overlook some issues. This also allows for prompt delivery of the inspection report.
A confident Professional Home Inspector will allow you to attend the inspection to observe the work of the Inspector and ask all the questions you may have during the inspection process.
You Get What You Pay For - Lower priced Inspectors are typically the new Inspectors that are just entering into the Real Estate Inspection Industry or just doing part time inspections on the side. In this industry as well as other professions (Contractors, Plumbers, Electricians) they charge accordingly for Quality, Experience and Professionalism.
You can rest assured that selecting me for your next home inspection will satisfy these key points.