Below you will see the specialized services offered by Cellar to Ceiling Home Inspections, and an explanation of each service.
- 1. Buyer inspections
- 2. Seller or Pre-listing inspections
- 3. Review inspections
- 4. New construction homes
- 5. Home preservation inspections
- 6. Home checkup inspections
- 7. Radon gas testing
- 8. Historic Homes
- 9. Older Homes ( classified as pre-1950)
- 10. Multi family 1-8 family units
- 11. Verification of repair
- 12. Specialty inspections
1. Buyer’s Inspections:
After the offer to purchase has been accepted by the seller, the buyer’s realtor should recommend a home inspection to be preformed. The offer to purchase is usually made contingent on the home inspection and its findings. The home inspection usually needs to be preformed within a maximum time frame of 14 days; they usually are scheduled within the first 10 days to allow four days for any negotiations that may need to be applied. During the inspection the buyer is made aware of any upgrades, maintenance issues, safety concerns, and conditions of the home that will affect the health safety and welfare as well as any defects that exist. The inspection also gives the buyer a clear working understanding of the operation of the home, its components, and systems. Maintenance tips are also disclosed and discussed during the inspection, as well as suggestions for improving the property. The inspection is to the buyer is to get an honest impartial report of the homes condition, so they can be informed of any problems or upcoming repairs and avoid unpleasant surprises.
2. The seller’s inspection:
The sellers or a presale inspection is the same full, thorough inspection the buyer gets. But it is ordered by the owner of the home preparing to sell. The inspection is preformed for the seller so that they are able to be able to comply with real estate disclosure regulations, as well as being informed of problems before showing and, so avoid any legal action after the sale. This inspection also allows the seller of the home to complete any improvements and upgrades prior to the home going on market. Using the presale home inspection, the seller's home will sell faster with fewer negotiations. More buyers are attracted to the home with the presale home inspection, increasing the chance of a quicker offer to purchase and the quicker closing. A yard sign is placed on the property to let everyone know your home has had a presale inspection performed. Buyers would be able to view and purchase your home with greater confidence. The report and its contents are usually left on premise for prospective buyers to review. When the offer is accepted buy the seller a review inspection can be scheduled.
3. Review inspection:
This inspection is preformed for the buyer after the inspector has preformed a seller’s inspection. For a significantly reduced fee the inspector will come back, review the report with the prospective buyer, suggest upgrades, maintenance, and explain system operations to the prospective buyer. The buyer will receive a repair manual as well as a DVD that will show how to do a checkup of the home. The inspector will explain and show any defects and deficiencies noted in the report and update the report if repairs have been completed. The buyer of the home will have a clear understanding of operation and maintenance of the home for about ½ the price of a full inspection from any other firm .
4. New construction;
The most common comment is for buyers of a new construction home to say because the home is new we should not need to have an inspection. However, we often find small issues with the home, such as outlets, light switches not operating, and other minor issues. There are over 22,000 single different components of a new home. It is only logical that some errors have occurred. Some builders hire contractors and subcontractors that utilize help with little to no building experience at all. Items in the home can be improperly installed or just not functioning. Municipal building code inspectors don't have enough time to thoroughly examine each facet of the construction process, as they would like there can be, and are, mistakes made. The state of Wisconsin has had a large increase in complaints about new construction. Faulty installation, and poor workmanship comprise the majority of these complaints. Most of these issues are small,; but still needed to be repaired before you move your family into the new home. Making sure items are installed and working properly and that there are no safety issues is a very wise decision. I have inspected a good number of new construction homes and found many items that need repair. Plus you'll gain knowledge and understanding about the home systems how to maintain them and how they operate. Many realtors have said to me during the inspection process “I learn something new every time I attend an inspection”
5. The home preservation inspection;
This is a full home inspection which is preformed on a regular basis to help you avoid possible and often costly future problems. As well as to keep the home in optimum condition, helping to preserve its function, and valve. It also alerts you to any repairs that are needed now and helps avoid problems in the future. This inspection is usually associated with a membership of five year’s. There is a small nonrefundable fee. With a membership you will be able to purchase up to five home inspections at a reduced fee over a five-year period. However you are not required to buy any home inspections in the same time frame. The fees for these inspections are agreed upon and locked in for that five-year period. These inspections can be transferred to anyone in your immediate family needing a home inspection. We have a lot of our client’s that take advantage of this program because their busy schedules do not permit time for regular maintenance.
6. Home checkup inspection:
This is a standard home inspection performed for a homeowner not involved in real estate transaction. It is a checkup inspection for homeowners who have had an interest in preserving their home in keeping it in good condition. You will learn what to do to maintain the home, preserve its value, and make it comfortable and more cost-effective. You will be informed of needed repairs, upgrades, and maintenance issues. We will also point out items that may be near the end of their useful life so you can budget for those repairs or replacement of those systems as well is how to avoid future problems and concerns. Your home will perform better than ever before plus it will be more comfortable and efficient.
7. Radon inspections:
This inspection is for buyers, sellers, and existing homeowners. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer today! The test is preformed by placing two certified test canisters in the lower level of the home. These canisters are EPA standard, and they will remain in the home for no less than 48 hours to sample the environments air quality. The canisters are EPA certified and so is the laboratory that tests them. Radon is a gas that is emitted when small amounts of uranium in the soil and rock underneath the home decay. This gas then seeps through cracks and protrusions in your basement floor and walls. If radon is found in the home, a mitigation system can be placed in the home to alleviate the problem. The average cost for the radon mitigation system is between $800 and $1500.
8. Historic homes;
This inspection is for homes that have historic value and are usually over 100 years of age. These homes have special conditions that can exist. Because most of these homes when they were built, were built without any indoor plumbing or electricity. The foundation walls are usually made of Fieldstone brick, and sometimes wood. These homes usually have a considerable amount of upgrades, as well as room additions. You can usually expect windows, doors, walls that are no longer plum. Slight slopes and squeaks in floors, several electrical configurations, plaster, and drywall walls. Special attention needs to be paid to these and other items in historic homes. These homes have lumber that is true to size and handcrafted features.
9. Older homes;
These are homes that were constructed prior to 1950, and after 1910, the building practices used during the construction of these homes, was well in advance of historic homes. However, they were no where near today's standard building practices. There may also be many upgrades improvements as well as room additions. They may have been upgraded from oil to natural gas heating, had air conditioning added. The electrical systems may be fully or partially upgraded. Plumbing systems may also have full or partially upgraded piping and drain waste systems, and more.
10. Multifamily units:
Customized reports will show the condition of each units interior and mechanicals. A buyer would receive the same thorough inspection for a single-family home. These inspections are usually preformed for real estate investors from beginners to seasoned professionals.
11. Verification inspections:
A verification and inspection can be for new construction, to show that a certain phase of that construction has been completed. for lenders and banks to show that recommended repairs have been completed satisfactorily for homes in a financial transaction.
12. Specialty inspections;
This is where a homeowner, appraiser, lender, or realtor requests an inspection on one or just the few components of the home. It can involve any single component of the home, or several components of the home. The pricing is based on how many components, as well as the type of component to be inspected.
Cellar to Ceilings is an Electrical
Inspector as was a Structural Inspector.