Don’t Forget About Us!

April 15, 2012

We’ve been busy this Spring and do not want you to forget about us!  We are still working hard to meet all of your home inspection needs this season.  Having mold issues?  Wonder if your home’s foundation is sturdy enough to last the next several years?  Afraid you and your family are suffering from radon inhalation?  CALL LHI!  We are here to help you and your home!

Check out tips on your next home inspection below!

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When buying or selling a home, it is important to know what you are dealing with.  Home inspections can offer homeowners and buyers the chance to get more for their money.  Is the house in good condition?  Will it need a lot of work in one area within the upcoming years?  What damage has been done and has it been repaired properly?

Home inspectors can easily answer each of these questions and can refer you to other resources needed for a successful inspection.

What is checked during a home inspection?

During a general home inspection, the overall house is checked for damages.  Here at Lewis Home Inspection, the following aspects of every home is inspected:

  • Structure
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Water Heat Equipment
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Exterior
  • Roof
  • Interior
  • Garage

Inspectors can also be licensed to do more advanced services.  Radon testing and termite inspections are just two other assessments that can be conducted.  Others include:

  • Mold Inspection
  • Infrared (IR) Scanning Service
  • Septic System Testing
  • Septic System Maintenance Review

Who should inspect my home?

Quite often, the real estate agent that you use to buy or sell your home has a list of inspection companies that they have worked with previously and who they trust.  Agents often want the best for their buy or seller and will work to find a trusted inspection company that will fully disclose information to the client.  If a home inspector finds a problem that they themselves are not certified to handle, they will direct the home buyer/seller to the correct company.  Trust that your agent will direct you to a trusted home inspection company.

When should I get an inspection?

The best time to get a home inspection is when you are interested in buying or selling your home.  Prior to putting your home on the market, have an inspector look for anything that may affect the selling price of your home.  If there is anything wrong with your home, you can have it fixed prior to selling, allowing you to increase the selling price and value of your home.

Before buying a home, you will also want to have it inspected.  After placing an offer on a house, have it inspected to look for any damages that may allow you to negotiate a better price for the home.  You may also find that your dream home is not what you expected.  Have your agent put this in the contract of your new home, making your purchase obligation is based on the findings of the inspection.

Trust your agent and your home inspector and you will be able to save money in the long run when it comes to buying or selling your home this year.

Read up a little more on our services on our website: lhinspection.com.

 

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What is mold?

December 5, 2011

Molds (and mildew) are fungi. Fungi are neither plant nor animal but have their own kingdom.  There are over 100,000 species of fungi have been described and it is estimated that there are at least that many waiting to be discovered. The vast majority of fungi feed on dead or decaying organic matter – they are one of the principle agents responsible for the natural recycling of dead plant and animal life.

The most common fungi are currently within our environment and we are constantly exposed to them. For the most part, however, diseases caused by these common fungi are relatively uncommon and are rarely found in individuals with normally functioning immune systems. Over the past few years mold has experienced high profile press coverage. There are many reports concerning lawsuits over air quality in homes and buildings, school classroom environments and home insurers refusing to cover mold damage.

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper and carpet. The key to mold control is moisture control. It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles and carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.