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Home Inspections

Foundation inspections are usually performed after sidewalls are poured and plumbing is finished. This is best done before the basement floor is poured.

 

Pre-drywall inspections are best performed before any drywall is installed. This allows us to inspect wiring, framing, windows, foundation, drainage, some roof elements, attic elements, flooring, fireplaces, sump pumps, ejector pumps, tub installations, and ductwork on the inside. We inspect vapor barriers, foundation / framing mismatches, siding, trim installation, painting and foundation support for brick walls. We check the roof for missing or loose shingles, joining wall, plumbing, exhaust flue and chimney flashings. We also visually check for any construction mold.

 

New Home Final Inspections are best performed before closing. All of the elements include all of the above items and are expanded to the furnace, air conditioner, water heater, gas lines and gas meter, electrical box and electrical outlets. The complete exterior and interior structure, roof and foundation are inspected. It also includes a complete grounds inspection. We have 237 elements and over 1430 comments that are standard. We write new comments if needed.

 

All of the new home Inspections are written in Notes to the Builder or in the Comments section of the report.

 

Full Home Inspections for existing homes include all of the above, and the comments are separated into five sections each location.

The five sections are the following:

Majors – Items or issues that are estimated to cost more than $1000 or safety issues. These are more serious problems that should be addressed in the buyer’s response to the home inspection.

Repairs – Issues and items that need repair and can be addressed in the buyer’s response to the home inspection.

Monitor – Elements that can cause trouble or may need work in the future.

Maintenance – Issues that most home owners would normally repair.

General Comments – Helpful information about the home at the inspection. An Indiana State Home.

Inspector’s License is required for all home inspections.

Termite Inspections (WDI)

Termite Inspections include a thorough visual inspection of any exposed wood in the home, grounds, foundation and garage. We also look for active and past signs of termite damage. Past termite treatments are important to note. A standard national termite form is issued after the inspection. An Indiana State Termite Inspection license is required. The Indiana State Chemist requires that older home termite treatments should be retreated if they are over 5 years old.

Radon Testing

First Choice conducts standard radon testing for real estate transactions and commercial radon testing for apartment complexes and HUD financing. Unlike many inspectors, we are able to deliver same day readings that are sent the day that the monitor is picked up because we are a lab.

Visual Mold Inspections

Mold is not a normal element of a home inspection. Home inspectors are not trained or tested on any visual or testing standards for mold issues. First Choice Home Inspector, however, has inspectors that have Certified Residential Mold Inspector (CRMI) qualifications. This includes skills in both visual recognition and air testing.

Well and Septic Certifications

We conduct standard well and septic certifications adding tracer dye to the drains, septic tank and drain field. Each element includes a separate report.

Well Water Testing

We take 3 water samples that test for bacteria, lead, nitrates and nitrites. Lab results are sent 3 business days after the samples are taken to the lab.

Winterization

We use a compressor to blow out the hot and cold water pipes. Antifreeze is poured into a water traps.

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