Residential Inspections

  • Buyer’s Purchase Inspection
  • Seller’s Pre-Listing Inspection
  • First Home Buyer Friendly Inspection
  • New Home Construction Inspection
  • Annual Maintenance Inspection
  • Environmental Damage Inspection
  • Aging in Place Inspection
  • Move in Certified
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    Buyer Purchase Inspection

    This is your standard Inspection every Home Buyer should get when buying a home. A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation. A home inspection report or home inspection service is the equivalent of a physical examination from your doctor. When problems or symptoms of problems are found, the inspector may suggest repair options or recommend further evaluation, making the home inspection cost justified.
    What do we check: What Do We Check?
    See Sample of our Report:
    What really Matters:
    HGTV Home Inspection Segment:
     
    If that did not scare you enough, check out the most common code violations when DIY homeowners take on the project themselves:

    DIY Code VIolations

    Deck Failure!

    Closing Problems

    Do you need an Inspection?

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    Seller’s Pre-Listing Inspection

    This is same as a Buyer Inspection in terms of what we do and check. But in a competitive selling market the Home Seller should consider this inspection to give you that edge. Please also see Move-In Certified Inspection below, this is taking the Pre-Listing report and submitting it online for prospective Buyers to view the inspection report through www.FetchReport.com.
    Seller’s Pre-Listing Inspection Considerations:
    Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways, such as:

  • It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
  • It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
  • It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
  • It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that …
    • Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
    • There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy Permit.
    • You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
  • It helps you to price your home realistically.
  • It may relieve prospects’ concerns and suspicions.
  • It may encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.
  • It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
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    First Home Buyer Friendly Inspection

     

    As a first-time home buyer, Peace of Mind Inspection Service will be sure to provide you a copy of “Now That You’ve Had a Home Inspection”. This book is full of valuable information that will help you keep your home safe and in top condition for years to come.

    Watch this short video that explains why it’s a must-have:

    You’ll also want to have your InterNACHI home inspector sign you up for your free monthly Homeowner Newsletter. It’s been customized based on your own home and the findings from your actual home inspection. Your newsletter will include timely articles that will help you tackle seasonal maintenance and other homeowner questions you may have.

    Please see the latest Peace of Mind Inspection Service Newsletter. Latest Newsletter Example from POMISMI
     

    Peace of Mind Inspection Services also presents the Home Buyers Bootcamp for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Grand Haven as part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). We have incorporated many of the items from this presentation into our website. We would be more than happy to review with you.

    According to Investopedia here are the worst mistakes New Homeowner often make:
    10 Worst Mistakes New Home Buyers Make

    Remember to:

  • Ask your InterNACHI inspector for your free copy of “Now That You’ve Had a Home Inspection.”
  • Ask your InterNACHI inspector to sign you up for your customized monthly Homeowner Newsletter.
  • Call your InterNACHI inspector for a seasonal or annual Home Maintenance Inspection.
  • Peace of Mind Inspection Services will provide a one year Home Maintenance Inspection at 50% off our published cost for First Home Buyers who also utilize us for their Home Inspection at time of purchase first home purchase.

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    New Home Construction Inspection

    Certainly there are many advantages to buying a New Home. The Home is built too newer building codes that should provide for a safer more efficient home as compared to older homes. Homes are built by different builders and just like anything things can and will go wrong. Most experts will tell you to have your home inspected in fact in some cases some financial institutes require homes to be independently inspected. Yes all new homes must be built to code and city inspectors will verify that code has been met. Often the city inspector is looking at just the functionality of an issue and sometimes miss the obvious. The following articles look at the potential issues that can arise from a new home being built. At Peace of Mind Inspections Services we have your best interest at stake and recommend that especially with a new home being built you take advantage of having an independant inspector inspect the property at various stages of the building process. Below we discuss about the four stages. It is important

    New Homes Could Have Problems

    New Home Builders Defects

    New Home Issues as reported by ABC News

    Avoid New Construction Defects

    Hidden New Construction Issues
     

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    Phase 1 – Foundation Inspection

    During this initial stage we also like to look at the overall environment to ensure no long term potential issues can arise after the home is built. This phase is usually performed prior to backfilling of soil againts the foundation walls. The concrete forms are also removed prior to the inspection. We will be inspecting the sewer and drain lines before laying the floor slabs. At this phase We inspect for the following:

  • Overall Environment
  • Lot Grading and Contour
  • Foundation walls
  • Footings
  • Perimeter footing Drains
  • Surface Preparation
  • Waterproofing of foundation exterior walls
  • Drain Tiles
  • Under Drain System Installation
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    Phase 2 – Framing Inspection

    This Phase involves the home inspection prior to the drywall being put up and observing the framing. Additionally this provides us the opportunity to view the plumbing, heating and cooling ducts, electrical wiring and finally the roof structure and surface. This also allows us to examine the framing structural aspect and we look for the following:

  • Unbolted sill plates
  • Improper notching and boring
  • Improperly built bearing walls
  • Structural members over spanned
  • Plate & Joists voids
  • Incorrect Fire Stops
  • Depending on timing, we can also conduct an inspection of the insulation installation prior to drywalls and ceilings being completed. We can schedule this inspection at a different time. This stage is critical if the Home is to receive an Energy Rating. We can add this as Phase 2a. Identifying the Home Leakage rate at this stage will help to focus on areas of improvement, we can schedule this at the right time based on the construction phase.

     

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    Phase 3- Final Walk Through Inspection

    This is certainly a critical Phase as the inspector will perform a final walk through with you to create a “deficiency list” that can be reviewed with the builder to be completed before the final settlement. All previous Phase deficiencies will be verified at this time. This inspection will follow a full inspection according to the SOP.
     
    We also will perform a Home Energy Audit at this point and when required issue HERS rating.
    Also we recommend that a Radon test be conducted to ensure no issues and to establish a baseline for future testing.

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    Phase 4- One Year Warranty Inspection

    This Phase is also called the 11 month inspection as it needs to be completed prior to the Builder Warranty so that corrections or repairs can be accomplhed before warranty period ends. A focus will be on items that are covered by the builders warranty. We will conduct a full inspection similar to Phase 3.

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    Annual Maintenance Inspection

     

     

    At Peace of Mind Inspection Services we conduct an Annual Maintenance Inspection with the focus on maintaining your home. We follow the SOP for Home Maintenance Checkup. A copy of this is available for your review home-maintenance-checkup-SOP

    If you had your original inspection with us you would of received a copy of the Home Maintenance Book;

    If you did not receive a copy of this book or did not get the original inspection through us we will provide Free of charge a copy of this book. This book addresses your responsibility. Every homeowner has similar concerns and questions. And they are all related to home maintenance:

  • 1. What should I look for?
  • 2. What does a real problem look like?
  • 3. How should it be corrected?
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    Additional Information for Home Maintenance for your reference:

  • Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Systems
  • Seasonal Checklist for Home Maintenance
  • Home Owner’s Guide: Being Energy Efficient
  • Homeowner’s Guide to Drinking Water
  • Safety Guidelines for Home Pools
  • What Every Homeowner Should Know About the Electrical System in Their Home
  • Do You Have a Well?: Radon in Water
  • Maintaining Your Roof
  • Homeowner’s Guide to Stucco
  • Homeowner’s Guide to Water Management
  • Household Hazards
  • 15 Tools That Every Homeowner Should Own
  • Lead Facts for Homeowners
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    Areas that as an Annual Maintenance Inspector that we have been trained on:

  • 25 Standards Every Inspector Should Know
  • Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors
  • How to Perform Residential Electrical Inspections
  • How to Perform Roof Inspections
  • How to Inspect HVAC Systems
  • Structural Issues for Home Inspectors
  • How to Perform Exterior Inspections
  • How to Inspect the Attic, Insulation, Ventilation and Interior
  • How to Perform Deck Inspections
  • How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion
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    Environmental Damage Inspection

    At Peace of Mind Inspection Services we are certified as a FEMA Flood and Fire Natural Disaster Inspector.

    We can conduct an inspection to identify the damages that your Home has suffered due to Severe Weather conditions or Natural Disasters. The inspection report will provide you with the information you need to file an Insurance claim and or FEMA claim. Please contact us for further details.

    For your reference below are two articles in regard to Natural Disaters:
    After a Disaster?
    Emergency Inspector Help
     
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    Aging in Place Inspection

    At Peace of Mind Inspection Services we are sensitive to the needs of ederly folks who want to pursue the “Aging in place” which is the phenomenon describing senior citizens’ ability to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Those who age in place will not have to move from their present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to their changing needs.
    The Baby Boomers
    As the baby boomers age, the 60+ population will spike from roughly 45 million in recent years to more than 70 million by 2020. Research shows that baby boomers’ expectations of how they will receive care differ from that of their parents’ generation. Overwhelmingly, they will seek care in their own homes and will be less likely to move into congregate living settings.

    Why do many senior citizens prefer to age in place?

    Nursing homes, to many, represent a loss of freedom and a reduced quality of life. Here are a few good reasons why these fears are justified:

    In 2007, inspectors received 37,150 complaints about conditions in nursing homes. Roughly one-fifth of the complaints verified by federal and state authorities involved the abuse or neglect of patients. Specific problems included infected bedsores, medication mix-ups, poor nutrition, and other forms of neglect.
    The proportion of nursing homes cited for deficiencies ranged from 76% in Rhode Island to as high as 100% in Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington, D.C.
    Many cases have been exposed in which nursing homes billed Medicare and Medicaid for services that were not provided.
    A significant percentage of nursing homes had deficiencies that caused immediate jeopardy or actual harm to patients.
    Aging-in-Place Inspections
    Inspectors may recommend corrections and adaptations to the home to improve maneuverability, accessibility, and safety for elderly occupants. Please review the Aging in Place Checklist

    Attached is a brochure explaining the Aging in Place Inspection.
    Brochure

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    Move in Certified

    Homes Pre-Inspected and Ready

    Welcome to MoveInCertified.com!

    Are you selling your home? Let Peace of Mind Inspection Service who are an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector® inspect it before you even list it. A Move-In Certified™ home has been pre-inspected, which means that the seller can confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement, and no known safety hazards. A Move-In Certified™ Seller Inspection informs you of any defects or problems with your home so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. You can then take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair estimates. Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith. Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and delays, and justify your full asking price by having your home pre-inspected now.

    Realtors & Sellers please see Marketing material to help promote the Move-In Certified concept. Marketing Flyer for Move-In Certified Inspection

    The inspection reports are hosted on www.FetchReport.com
    The listing agent or seller can provide access to prospective Buyer to view.

    Read this article that explains some of the reasons it’s a good idea to have your home pre-inspected: 8-Unexpected-Factors-That-Can-Threaten-Your-Home-Sale

    Read this Los Angeles Times article about seller inspections. Los Angeles Times article

    Move-In Certified Green Certified is a designation for homes that use design features, technologies and products that:

  • improve their energy efficiency;
  • reduce pollution;
  • provide healthier indoor air;
  • increase the occupants’ comfort;
  • reduce water usage;
  • preserve natural resources;
  • increase the homes’ durability;
  • make the homes quieter;
  • reduce required homeowner maintenance;
  • lower monthly energy costs;
  • improve their resale value.
  • Green Certified homes are healthier, more environmentally friendly, and economically smarter than the average home.

    GO GREEN – Check Your House

    Peace of Mind Inspection Service will utilize a 3 Page Checklist and provide your Home with a Green Score. See Checklist Green Certified Checklist

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