Pre-Purchase Inspection (Residential):
This comprehensive evaluation and report is for a home that has been lived in. The house is being sold by its current owner/occupant. This includes inspections for VA and FHA. (Cost based on sq. ft.)
Home Warranty Inspection:
If you have recently purchased a new home from a builder and the one or two- year warranty is about to expire, a home inspection by a professional home inspector is a proactive and wise approach by letting you know that the builder did his job correctly. (Cost based on sq. ft.)
Seller Prep Observation:
The observation is for people who are considering putting their home on the market. The observation is not a full home inspection but instead a limited observation intended to address only major deficient components, systems and safety concerns. It gives the seller an idea of what repairs or upgrades are needed to get top dollar from the sale. Minor repairs may not be addressed in this report. (Cost based on sq. ft.)
Pool and Spa Inspection:
Pool and Spa inspections are conducted per the Standards of Professional Practice for the Inspection of Swimming Pools & Spas for Arizona Home Inspectors. These Standards are adopted from the ASHI™ Standards of Professional Practice for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Inspections, with Arizona modifications and amendments. To view these Standards, please click on the following link: http://azashi.org/pdfs/Pool_and_Spa_Standards_ASHI.pdf
In the “valley of the sun,” termite inspections are a must! The majority of homes have had, do have or will have termites. Jack’s will arrange for the inspection upon request; however, it will be billed directly to our client by the service provider.
IAC2 Certified Mold Inspection:
This is for anyone with allergies or sensitivities to mold. The inspection will be conducted per the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice.
Inhalation exposure to mold indoors can cause negative health effects in some people. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Mold does not have to be alive to cause an allergic reaction.
There are some groups of people who are more easily or severely affected by mold than the average individual. They include infants, children, elderly people, individuals with respiratory conditions (such as allergies and asthma), and people with weakened immune systems.
Allergic responses include “hay fever”-like symptoms, such as headache, sneezing, runny nose, irritated eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Molds can cause asthma attacks in people with asthma. In addition, molds can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of individuals, whether or not they are allergic to mold.
There are two types of mold inspections: (1) The Limited Inspection which is for a specific area of a home, and (2) a Complete Inspection which is for an entire home. Both types involve a visual examination, non-invasive testing, Laboratory Analysis and Mold Inspection Report. Mold inspections are discussed in more detail in the ‘Inspection Details’ Section.
Thermal Imaging Scans:
Jack’s can perform an interior Thermal Imaging Scan along with a full home inspection. The scan will be completed by Jack’s certified infrared thermographer upon request of the client.
- the efficiency of door and window seals
- leaks in roofs, walls, floors and foundations
- moisture concerns within the structure
- areas with too little or missing insulation
- heat and cooling loss in the HVAC systems
- problems and dangers in the electrical systems
- problems in the plumbing systems
Temperature deviations (anomalies) that may indicate larger problems become visible. Whether the home is old or new, an infrared scan always proves beneficial, providing fast detection for fast action!
Radon Testing and Report:
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural radioactive decay of radium, which is a natural decay product of uranium. You cannot see, smell or taste radon. The presence of uranium in Arizona is not surprising to geologists. In fact, uranium mining was practiced in many parts of the state from the 1950s to the 1980s. Do not assume your home is free of a radon if it is not located near the site of a uranium mine. Per the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) and causes more deaths in the US every year than drunk driving.
The EPA defined high radon levels as those above 4 pCi/l. An Arizona Geological Survey, titled “Radon Gas a Geologic Hazard in Arizona”, by Jon E. Spencer, identified some areas of Maricopa county with radon gas levels of 10 pCi/l and greater.
The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon. It is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels.
Neighborhood Environmental Report:
Jack’s offers a third party, easy-to-understand snapshot of a home’s environmental health and that of the surrounding area. The Neighborhood Environmental Report pulls records from a variety of trusted resources, including governmental databases. It searches for concerns that might be dangerous to a homeowner’s family or home investment. These reports are beneficial to both the buyer and seller.
The Neighborhood Environmental Report will include information about issues such as:
- Leaking underground oil tanks
- Hazardous waste sites
- Homes that have been used as illegal drug labs
- Contamination from nearby industrial sites, farms or accidental toxic spills
- US EPA top cleanup priority properties
These hazards can pose a threat to you and your family’s health and property value because harmful substances can find their way into your drinking water and the soil around your home. They also can contaminate indoor air through vapor intrusion.