What We Inspect

What We Inspect

OUR FULL HOME INSPECTIONS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • roof, vents, visible flashings, and trim;
  • gutters and downspouts;
  • skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations;
  • decks, balconies, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings;
  • eaves, soffits and fascia;
  • basements, foundations and crawlspaces;
  • observation / verification of visible hurricane straps; 
  • water penetration and foundation movement;
  • heating systems;
  • cooling systems;
  • main water shut-off valves;
  • proper grading;
  • water heating systems;
  • interior plumbing fixtures and faucets;
  • drainage sump pumps with accessible floats;
  • electrical service line and meter base;
  • main disconnect and service amperage;
  • electrical panels, breakers and fuses;
  • electrical grounding and bonding;
  • GFCIs and AFCIs;
  • fireplace damper, door and hearth;
  • insulation and ventilation;
  • garage doors, safety sensors, and openers;
  • carbon monoxide (CO) testing;
  • and much much more…
With regard to mold inspections; I am not certified to test for mold nor is it a requirement as a South Carolina licensed home inspector. Professional testing for mold can become very expensive and most of the time, it is a waste of your time and money. Although,, if anyone living within your household has allergy problems, I would highly suggest talking with your family physician about it. Additionally, I would suggest doing some research.. “FACTS ABOUT MOLD”. Here is a link which I located for you and it appears to be quite informative. Just click on it or copy & paste it into your browser: https://www.aiha.org/publications-and-resources/TopicsofInterest/Hazards/Pages/Facts-About-Mold.aspx
FYI NOTE;  The paragraph below is provided at the very bottom (final page) of my inspection report.. please read it.
 
Home inspectors are not required to report on the following: Life expectancy of any component or system; The causes of the need for a repair; The methods, materials, and costs of corrections; The suitability of the property for any specialized use; Compliance or non-compliance with codes, ordinances, statutes, regulatory requirements or restrictions; The market value of the property or its marketability; The advisability or inadvisability of purchase of the property; Any component or system that was not observed; The presence or absence of pests such as wood damaging organisms, rodents, or insects; or Cosmetic items, underground items, or items not permanently installed. Home inspectors are not required to: Offer warranties or guarantees of any kind; Calculate the strength, adequacy, or efficiency of any system or component; Enter any area or perform any procedure that may damage the property or its components or be dangerous to the home inspector or other persons; Operate any system or component that is shut down or otherwise inoperable; Operate any system or component that does not respond to normal operating controls; Disturb insulation, move personal items, panels, furniture, equipment, plant life, soil, snow, ice, or debris that obstructs access or visibility; Determine the presence or absence of any suspected adverse environmental condition or hazardous substance, including but not limited to mold, toxins, carcinogens, noise, contaminants in the building or in soil, water, and air; Determine the effectiveness of any system installed to control or remove suspected hazardous substances; Predict future condition, including but not limited to failure of components; Since this report is provided for the specific benefit of the customer(s), secondary readers of this information should hire a licensed inspector to perform an inspection to meet their specific needs and to obtain current information concerning this property.
Respectfully,
Richard Novicki ~ AAA Home Inspections