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InspectorUSA is please to offer numerous professional inspection related services to both consumers and business clients. Whether you need a single system inspection or a manufactured home foundation, InspectorUSA has you covered. Just click on the  service below to read about. Don’t see the service listed? Give us a call and we will customize a service to meet your needs.

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Foreclosure Home Inspections

In today’s housing market there are many properties for sale by the banks, lenders or corporations who have re called the loan for a selection of reasons. The properties are then considered as foreclosures. Many investors are looking towards these types of properties as good long term investments. In order to understand if the property is a good investment or a “money pit” it is extremely important to understand why and how it has become a foreclosure in the first place and make sure you take the appropriate action with a foreclosure home inspection to prevent buying someone else’s liability.

Foreclosed properties have a large number of potential issues generally not associated with a non-foreclosed property purchase. These issues can include damage from a vengeful homeowner, from improper winterization techniques, vandalism, storm damage, rodent or other wildlife damage etc.

We have found damage on scales from minor damage to the walls to major structural damage to the roof truss system. It is extremely important when considering purchasing a foreclosed property that a full foreclosure home inspection be completed by a licensed and experinced home inspector. The foreclosed property will be offered for sale in an “As Is” condition, this means what you see is what you get including all the obscure defects and damage. If you purchase a foreclosed property without a forclosure home inspection you will assume all the risk and liability when closing the deal.

Our Forclosure Home Inspection Service provides a complete review of the property for visible issues and concerns with a computer generated report with photos detailing our findings. We recommend that all utilities be activated prior to the inspection but we can provide a limited visual inspection without them.

Investigative Inspections

This type of inspection is most-often used when a homeowner feels that a problem may exist. For example, you may want to engage in an Investigative Inspection after a storm, if you experience an odd smell in your home that cannot be identified, or if you notice unusual pest and insect activity. In many cases, Investigative Inspections can help homeowners to catch problems before they become an expensive or irreversible liability.

Relocation Inspections

Relocation professionals…Are you seeking an experienced top quality home inspection company that covers Central Kentucky? We have 30 years experience performing home inspections/assessments for the relocation industry. With clients such as Relocations Property Management, LLC, Real Estate Support Services, Cendant, Prudential, Coldwell Banker, RAL Inspection Services, U.S. Inspect, GlobeSpec, Fidelity and many others, we have completed literally thousands of origination and destination end inspections. We provide inspections using ERC Standards or State approved NACHI Standards of Practice.  Nationally we offer relocation inspection management services, whether for a single move or a group relocation we can help by coordinating all of your inspection needs. To meet your needs we offer a full line of inspection related services including:

ORIGINATION ASSESSMENTS

Designed to protect you as you take properties into inventory. We provide the information you need when you need it. Our Orignation Inspection Services include many types of inspections regularly needed during the relocation process including home inspections, radon testing, termite inspections, structural inspections, septic inspections, specialty inspections. We’re the one-stop solution for all of your Kentucky home inspection needs.

DESTINATION END INSPECTIONS

Relocation Professionals have discovered that destination inspections can be extremely valuable to both the company and the transferee. Defects caused by normal use by transferees during ownership often pales in comparison to the potential for major defects that may exist in a home prior to its purchase–which can easily exceed many tens of thousands of dollars if not discovered.

These defects can plague a transferee while they live in the home, and seriously disrupt the employee and the company during a future relocation. Destination inspections help shield you from such risks!

ADDITIONAL RELOCATION INSPECTION/ASSESSMENT SERVICES

Major Component Assessments Exterior Insulated Finish Systems (EIFS) Composition Board Evaluations Pool/Hot Tub Evaluations Roof Certifications Pest Inspections Septic Testing Mold Testing Radon Testing and many others..

Litigation Support & Dispute Settlement Services

Michael Green founder/Owner of InspectorUSA provides expert testimony in cases involving homes or commercial structures. Mr. Green’s comprehensive, diverse and direct experience in these matters is based on over 30 years of experience in the home inspection profession and his service as a founding member of the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors on which he helped write and implement Kentucky’s Home Inspector laws.

In his leadership positions, Michael was the founder of the Kentucky Real Estate Inspectors Associations (KREIA) and served four terms as President including overseeing negotiations concerning the development of home inspector licensing laws in Kentucky. Additionally he served a term as Vice President and on the Board of the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) and served as Chairman of the Board of Home Inspectors as well as Chairman of every Board Committee.

Michael also carries the exclusive Certified Master Inspector designation as well as being a Kentucky Licensed Pest Control Operator. For additional information on Michael’s qualifications please contact us to request a CV.

Litigation Support Services

What is an Expert Witness?

An expert witness is a person with special knowledge, experience, wisdom, proficiency, or understanding in a particular subject about which to bear witness. A person is not considered to be an Expert Witness, until they are declared as such by a court. This is why we use the term Litigation Consultant.

Who would need an Expert Witness?

Persons problem solving with particular issues related to either faulty or neglectful work done by a contractor / sub contractor, related to the construction of a building or flawed or careless services. This can also involve negligence or gross negligence provided by a home inspector or real estate agent, or failure to disclose by a seller.

If I have a problem with a Builder, Contractor or home inspector what should I do?

First and foremost contact your Attorney. Then do not terminate your contractor until advise by the attorney. Second keep an accurate record and timetable of all correspondence and there subject matter. Most of all hire a professional inspector to examine the work, examine all documents, and make a written report of the findings.

What services can I expect from an Expert Witness?

Some of the services a litigation consultant and expert witness provides depend on the type of case. Typically there are several types of complaints that are of a concern to clients, they are; defects or deficiencies, deviations from plans and specifications, punch list items not addressed, claims of lien, delay and warranty problems. A expert can review all of the contract documents, do a full evaluation of the property and render an opinion with written reports, pictures, and testify in court. Each case must be taken individually.

How much does this cost?

Litigation Consultant charges, are a fee per hour plus travel and related expenses. Currently Michael Green charges $100 per hour plus expenses (Travel, Lodging, etc.), this is for non court or deposition time. Once declared an Expert Witness or for depositions the per hour fee will adjust to $200 per hour, plus expenses. All litigation related work will require a retainer. The average retainer fee is $500 to $2500 depending on the case.

Litigation Consultant & Pre acceptance review of case

Many times attorneys want to know if they have a defendable case before the process starts. We can review the issue at hand and give you an informed opinion as to the merit of the case. For this type of work we require all available documents. Our fees for this type of work will start at $500. In some instances the fee for this service might be higher, depending on the complexity of the issues at hand.

Warranty Inspections

My Home Is New…

Why Do I Need A Home Warranty Inspection?

In general terms, every new home in Kentucky has a one-year warranty by the builder covering defects in workmanship or materials. Builders also frequently purchase additional warranties to cover their liability and to use as marketing tools. These additional home warranties are very specific about what they cover and many warranty contracts stipulate that the original one-year warranty is replaced by the new home warranty.

Your new home is probably the single largest investment of your life!

You should make every effort to understand your warranty and protect your investment. Defects in new homes fall into several categories. Among these are, obvious material and workmanship defects, and hidden material and workmanship defects. You have probably taken care of both obvious defect categories. Appliances that do not function correctly and cosmetic issues are two of the most common. The defects that are more difficult to see are the ones that should concern you. Improper wiring, small exterior openings where moisture seeps in and poor drainage are among the most common.

It s All About Time!

Over time, many hidden defects cause substantial damage to homes. Improper drainage can damage foundations leading to structural problems. Small exterior leaks can lead to mold, termites and other wood destroying organisms. Electrical problems often remain unnoticed until ZAP! and someone is injured or worse.

Your real problem is that these issues frequently take longer than one year to show up! By then, either your warranty has expired or you re into limited coverage and deductibles. You need to document issues and have repairs made during the warranty period!

Hidden Problems?

Hidden defects frequently have symptoms of their existence. We use our knowledge of new construction techniques to recognize the probability of issues. Once recognized, we focus in on those systems for further review. We do not claim to be able to find everything hidden from the homeowner but we’ll find most of it and give you an education as we go!

Strengthen Your Position

Documenting the condition of your home with an independent inspector gives you a legal advantage in the event repairs are not completed.

Contacting Your Builder

We always suggest homeowners start with a non-registered letter to their builder. Explain the situation and that you expect timely repairs. Move to registered letters and other steps as necessary, being careful to allow time for communication and repairs during the warranty period.

Schedule Your Inspection Now!

Your inspection should be in months eight through ten of your first year. This allows the maximum time for issues to arise and time for builder repairs during the warranty period. If you have any questions about warranty inspections, just give our office a call. You will not run into any high pressure sales tactics, just honest, informative answers to your questions. We’ll are pleased to assist you.

Wood Destroying Insect Inspections

Each year, 1-877-INSPECT performs hundreds of wood-destroying insect inspections, which are required before a home is sold or refinanced.

Commonly called a “WDI report,” its purpose is to look for any signs of visible evidence of termites, old house borers, powder post beetles, carpenter ants, or carpenter bees that may be present in the structure. The current owner is usually responsible for treating any reported infestation before the transaction can be completed.

Both seller and buyer should be aware that this report covers only what an inspector concludes from what is visible on the date of the inspection. Wood-destroying insects choose secretive hiding spots that are often impossible to detect. This means that a report indicating no visible infestation is no guarantee that these insects are totally absent from the home. Homeowners are sometimes reluctant to admit to potential buyers that their homes are damaged by termites. For some people, the mere mention of the words “termite damage” conjures up images of tiny insects with very big teeth dining on weight-bearing wood beams until a home collapses in a heap of sawdust. Thankfully this is not usually the case. If you are the seller, your best approach is to openly acknowledge any insect activity and damage in your house and have it addressed if necessary. This helps ensure your home’s sale ability and avoids potential legal problems. If you are the buyer, we recommend that you order the WDI inspection and accompany the inspector during the examination. In this way, you can know what was seen and what was inaccessible and make your own decision about the home you are considering.

What You Should Know About Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection Reports:

What is a WDI report?

As a protective measure, banks and lending institutions require that homes be inspected for damage from termites or other wood-destroying insects before closing the sale of the home. A Wood-Destroying Insect inspection report (WDI) is a document prepared by a licensed pest control company that informs the lending institution and buyer about termite damage or presence.

WDI reports have two-pages. The first page provides basic information about the inspection such as the address of the property, and answers general questions, such as: Are there any obstructions or areas inaccessible to inspection? Is there any visible evidence of infestation or evidence of a previous treatment? The second page of the WDI report provides important consumer information regarding the scope and limitations of the inspection.

What A WDI Report Is Not?

Now that you know what a WDI report is, let’s talk about what a WDI report is not. A WDI report is not a structural damage report – it is only a report about visible damage relating to infestation, not about structural damage for other reasons, such as earthquakes or floods. A WDI report is not a guarantee of the absence of wood-destroying insects. An inspection is an important tool in evaluating the soundness of a structure, but there are limitations. After all, an inspector can’t pick up a house and look under it, or take it apart and put it back together.

What Are WDI Reports Good For Anyway?

So what good is a WDI report if it does not guarantee that a house is free from termites or other wood-destroying insects? Well, aside from identifying obvious infestations and previous treatment, WDI reports highlight potential problem areas.

Here are some things that buyers should look for:

Cracks in foundation walls. It only takes a crack 1/32 of an inch wide to give termites and other wood-destroying insects hidden access to a house.

Leaking pipes and faucets. Termites as well as other insects, seek out moisture for survival. Leading pipes can keep wood and soil continually damp and create a perfect home for termites.

Wood debris around and under a house. Pieces of scrap lumber or firewood kept next to a structure can support a colony of termites.

Sprinkler systems or bubblers placed near the outside wall of a structure. Excessive watering can dilute pesticide treatments around foundation walls.

Flower planters. Planters allow hidden and direct access to unprotected siding and cracked stucco when built in direct contact with a house.

Trellises and wooden fences. If a trellis or wood fence touches soil and is in contact with a structure, it provides a direct link between the subterranean termites in the soil and wood in the structure.

WDI reports provide valuable information for the sale of a home, and document its present condition for future reference. Unfortunately, there is no state law that requires a WDI inspection for the sale of a structure; it is a requirement of the lending institution. State law does dictate that only Licensed Pest Control Operators can complete and issue WDI inspection reports. Because we possess this license in addition to our home inspection license we are one of the few home inspectors that can provide this service to you at the same time as your home inspection.

Environmental Testing

Radon Testing

Radon is a radioactive gas which has been linked to cancer. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It can be easily controlled if it is present and the first step is to determine whether it is indeed a problem. We provide Carbon Canister tests for Radon. This type of test accurately determines whether the levels of Radon present on the property are safe or unsafe. Most of the United States has some level of Radon present in the soil. The levels vary depending on the geology of the region. Even so, homes tend to trap the gases as they rise from the ground. So it is very important to have your home tested.

Septic System Testing

The septic tank system in a home is obviously of great importance. Tanks typically need to be pumped about every five years depending on the number of people living in the home. We provide actual tank inspections which means some excavation will be necessary to uncover the access port to the tank. There are other, non-invasive tests which can be done as well. These involve the use of dye and placing a drain load on the tank so it will provide flow into the drain field. If the dye shows on the surface in the drain field, it indicates a percolation problem in the drain field. I offer both tests. If you are considering purchasing a home, you will need to obtain the permission of the owner in writing in order to have an actual tank inspection.

Water Quality Test

Water quality is important to the health of you and your family. Many families have opted to have filtering systems installed in their homes in the last decade. These systems work well but like all mechanical systems, they have to be properly maintained. A water quality test will determine the safety of your water whether it is filtered or not. If the property’s water supply is from a well, it is imperative that you have a water quality test prior to purchasing. The expense of drilling a new well can easily run into thousands of dollars. So don’t take the need for this test lightly.

Mold Testing/Inspections

What is mold?

Molds are fungi. Molds grow throughout the natural and built environment. Tiny particles of mold are present in indoor and outdoor air. In nature, molds help break down dead materials and can be found growing on soil, foods, plant matter, and other items. Molds produce microscopic cells called “spores” which are very tiny and spread easily through the air. Live spores act like seeds, forming new mold growths (colonies) when they find the right conditions.

What does mold need to grow?

Mold only needs a few simple things to grow and multiply:

  • Moisture
  • Nutrients
  • Suitable place to grow

Of these, controlling excess moisture is the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth.

Should I be concerned about mold in my home?

Mold should not be permitted to grow and multiply indoors. When this happens, health problems can occur and building materials, goods and furnishings may be damaged.

Can mold make me and my family sick?

Mold can affect the health of people who are exposed to it. People are mainly exposed to mold by breathing spores or other tiny fragments. People can also be exposed through skin contact with mold contaminants (for example, by touching moldy surfaces) and by swallowing it.

The type and severity of health effects that mold may produce are usually difficult to predict. The risks can vary greatly from one location to another, over time, and from person to person.

What symptoms might I see?

The most common health problems caused by indoor mold are allergy symptoms. Although other and more serious problems can occur, people exposed to mold commonly report problems such as:

  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Cough
  • Wheeze/breathing difficulties
  • Sore throat
  • Skin and eye irritation
  • Upper respiratory infections (including sinus)

Are the risks greater for some people?

There is wide variability in how different people are affected by indoor mold. However, the long term presence of indoor mold growth may eventually become unhealthy for anyone. The following types of people may be affected more severely and sooner than others:

  • Infants and children
  • Elderly people
  • Individuals with respiratory conditions or sensitivities such as allergies and asthma
  • Persons having weakened immune systems (for example, people with HIV infection, chemotherapy patients, organ transplant recipients)
  • Those with special health concerns should consult a medical professional if they feel their health is affected by indoor mold. Are some molds more hazardous than others?

Some types of mold can produce chemical compounds (called mycotoxins) although they do not always do so. Molds that are able to produce toxins are common. In some circumstances, the toxins produced by indoor mold may cause health problems. However, all indoor mold growth is potentially harmful and should be removed promptly, no matter what types of mold is present or whether it can produce toxins.

How do I tell if I have a mold problem?

Investigate, don’t test. The most practical way to find a mold problem is by using your eyes to look for mold growth and by using your nose to locate the source of a suspicious odor. If you see mold or if there is an earthy or musty smell, you should assume a mold problem exists. Other clues are signs of excess moisture or the worsening of allergy-like symptoms.

Look for visible mold growth (may appear cottony, velvety, granular, or leathery and have varied colors of white, gray, brown, black, yellow, green). Mold often appears as discoloration, staining, or fuzzy growth on the surface of building materials or furnishings. When mold is visible, testing is not recommended.

  • Search areas with noticeable mold odors.
  • Look for signs of excess moisture or water damage.
  • Look for water leaks, standing water, water stains, condensation problems. For example, do you see any watermarks or discoloration on walls, ceilings, carpet, woodwork or other building materials?
  • Search behind and underneath materials (carpet and pad, wallpaper, vinyl flooring, sink cabinets), furniture, or stored items (especially things placed near outside walls or on cold floors).
  • Sometimes destructive techniques may be needed to inspect and clean enclosed spaces where mold and moisture are hidden; for example, opening up a wall cavity.

Should I test for mold?

We do not recommend testing for mold yourself. Instead, you should simply assume there is a problem whenever you see mold or smell mold odors. Testing should never take the place of visual inspection and it should never use up resources that are needed to correct moisture problems and remove all visible growth.

Sometimes, mold growth is hidden and difficult to locate. In such cases, a combination of air (outdoor and indoor air samples) and bulk (material) samples may help determine the extent of contamination and where cleaning is needed. However, mold testing is rarely useful for trying to answer questions about health concerns.

Mold Clean-up and Removal

To clean up and remove indoor mold growth, follow steps 1-6 as they apply to your home.

1-Identify and Fix the Moisture Problem – the most important step in solving a mold problem is to identify and correct the moisture sources that allowed the growth in the first place. Common indoor moisture sources include:

  • Flooding
  • Condensation (caused by indoor humidity that is too high or surfaces that are too cold)
  • Movement through basement walls and slab
  • Roof leaks
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Overflow from tubs, sinks, or toilets
  • Firewood stored indoors
  • Humidifier use
  • Inadequate venting of kitchen and bath humidity
  • Improper venting of combustion appliances
  • Failure to vent clothes dryer exhaust outdoors (including electric dryers)
  • Line drying laundry indoors
  • House plants – watering them can generate large amounts of moisture

To keep indoor surfaces as dry as possible, try to maintain the home’s relative humidity between 20-40 percent in the winter and less than 60 percent the rest of the year. You can purchase devices to measure relative humidity at some home supply stores. Ventilation, air circulation near cold surfaces, dehumidification, and efforts to minimize the production of moisture in the home are all very important in controlling high humidity that frequently causes mold growth in our cold climate.

2-Begin Drying All Wet Materials – as soon as possible, begin drying any materials that are wet. For severe moisture problems, use fans and dehumidifiers and move wet items away from walls and off floors. Check with equipment rental companies or restoration firms to see if you can rent fans and dehumidifiers.

3-Remove and Dispose of Mold Contaminated Materials – items which have absorbed moisture (porous materials) and which have mold growing on them need to be removed, bagged and thrown out. Such materials may include sheet rock, insulation, plaster, carpet/carpet pad, ceiling tiles, wood products (other than solid wood), and paper products. Likewise, any such porous materials that have contacted sewage should also be bagged and thrown away. Non-porous materials with surface mold growth may be saved if they are cleaned well and kept dry (see step 4).

Take Steps to Protect Yourself – the amount of mold particles in air can increase greatly when mold is disturbed. Consider using protective equipment when handling or working around mold contaminated materials. The following equipment can help minimize exposure to mold:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Eye goggles
  • Outer clothing (long sleeves and long pants) that can be easily removed in the work area and laundered or discarded
  • Medium-efficiency or high-efficiency filter dust mask (these can be found at safety equipment suppliers, hardware stores, or some other large stores that sell home repair supplies) — at a minimum, use an N-95 or equivalent dust mask

Take Steps to Protect Others – plan and perform all work to minimize the amount of dust generated. The following actions can help minimize the spread of mold spores:

  • Enclose all moldy materials in plastic (bags or sheets) before carrying through the home
  • Hang plastic sheeting to separate the work area from the rest of the home
  • Remove outer layer of work clothing in the work area and wash separately or bag
  • Damp clean the entire work area to pick up settled contaminants in dust

4-Clean Surfaces – surface mold growing on non-porous materials such as hard plastic, concrete, glass, metal, and solid wood can usually be cleaned. Cleaning must remove and capture the mold contamination, because dead spores and mold particles still cause health problems if they are left in place.

  • Thoroughly scrub all contaminated surfaces using a stiff brush, hot water and a non-ammonia soap/detergent or commercial cleaner
  • Collect excess cleaning liquid with a wet/dry vacuum, mop or sponge
  • Rinse area with clean water and collect excess rinse water

5-Disinfect Surfaces (if desired) – after cleaning has removed all visible mold and other soiling from contaminated surfaces, a disinfectant may be used to kill mold missed by the cleaning. In the case of sewage contamination, disinfection must be performed. Contact your home inspector for advice.
Mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup bleach per gallon of water and apply to surfaces where mold growth was visible before cleaning. The solution can be applied with a spray bottle, garden sprayer, it can be sponged on, or applied by other methods. Collect any run-off of bleach solution with a wet/dry vacuum, sponge or mop. However, do not rinse or wipe the bleach solution off the areas being treated — allow it to dry on the surface.

Always handle bleach with caution. Never mix bleach with ammonia — toxic chlorine gas may result. Bleach can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Provide fresh air (for example, open a window or door). Protect skin and eyes from contact with bleach. Test solution on a small area before treatment, since bleach is very corrosive and may damage some materials.

6-Remain on Mold Alert – Continue looking for signs of moisture problems or return of mold growth. Be particularly alert to moisture in areas of past growth. If mold returns, repeat cleaning steps and consider using a stronger solution to disinfect the area again. Regrowth may signal that the material should be removed or that moisture is not yet controlled.
When can we rebuild?
Rebuilding and refurnishing must wait until all affected materials have dried completely. Be patient it takes time to dry out wet building materials.

When Can We Rebuild?

Rebuilding and refurnishing must wait until all affected materials have dried completely. Be patient it takes time to dry out wet building materials.

Vacant Property Monitoring

A lot can go wrong while you are away. This periodic inspection is designed to keep you apprised of what is happening at your vacant property and alert you to anything that might require immediate action. This inspection is useful for absentee owners, vacation homes, and properties that are rented out.Vacant property can be negatively affected by:

  • wind;
  • rain;
  • snow;
  • hail;
  • plumbing leaks;
  • roof leaks;
  • HVAC failure;
  • freezing;
  • water intrusion;
  • mold;
  • vegetation;
  • burglary;
  • vandalism;
  • squatters; and
  • pests.
Mortgage/Insurance Field Services

Specialized Inspection Services

We are a member of the Society of Field Inspectors. We provide specialized inspection services for insurance companies, mortgage companies, banks and other organizations that have a vested interest in the condition of the properties they are transacting. Presently we haved perform services for companies such as NCCI, Pacific Field Services, United Field Services, NVMS, M&M Mortgage Services, US-Reports, Inc., JMI Reports, Trinity Field Services and others. We provide full inspection reports as required and we can provide inspection and property preservation services as described below:

Residential Inspections

These include:

  • Occupancy Verification
  • Delinquency Interview
  • Foreclosure Inspection
  • Bankruptcy Inspection
  • Investigative Inspection Report
  • Face To Face Interview Report
  • Sale Date Inspection
  • Insurance Loss Draft Inspections
  • Construction Progress Report
  • Construction Funding Report
  • Flood Hazard Verification
  • Field Chases

Insurance Inspections

These include:

  • Dwelling observation inspection
  • High value inspection
  • Loss control inspections
  • Fitness center inspections

Commercial Inspections

These include:

  • Physical Facilities Inspection
  • Merchant Credit Card Account Site Verification
  • Retail Outlet Verification
  • Coupon Redemption Inspection
  • Vehicle Delinquency Inspections
  • Classic Vehicle Finance Inspections
  • Leased Equipment Inspections
  • Environmental Inspections/Assessments
  • Loss Control Inspections/Surveys
Manufactured Home Foundation Certification

The requirements for government guaranteed loans on manufactured housing changed to include a permanent foundation. It is required that foundations be certified by a licensed professional engineer to be in compliance with HUD-7584 (Permanent Foundation Guide for Manufactured Housing). This applies to FHA and VA loans.

As a result, many private lenders offering conventional loans have added this as a requirement for their loans. We have partnered with the engineers at Foundation Certifications to provide these certificates. The process takes approximately 3-5 days with rush service available. Ordering a Foundation Certification is easy. Please contact us, then simply complete our online order form and our team will immediately go to work for you.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR FOUNDATION CERTIFICATION

Home Energy Inspections

To perform a Home Energy Inspection, the inspector conducts a brief walk-through of the home and collects 45 data points related to home energy. The inspector then enters the data into a web-based energy calculator developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy to:

  • estimate the home’s yearly energy usage;
  • pinpoint potential energy inefficiencies;
  • calculate a score based on these estimates; and
  • develop recommendations for energy improvements.

The house is scored on a scale from 1 to 100. A 100 would represent a home with perfect energy performance whereas a 1 would represent a home that needs significant energy upgrades. This score can be used to compare homes.

A higher score generally means a lower energy bill and a more efficient home (with less of an environmental impact).The Home Energy Inspection Report lists recommendations for energy upgrades that are specific to the house, as well as an estimate of how much these improvements can reduce the utility bill. The report is based upon the data collected, the national average of costs for installation of specific energy improvements, and the state averages of the utility costs. (Click on image above to see sample report)

Some of the recommendations for energy upgrades are simple for a homeowner to do. Others require more effort and investment but promise large financial savings over the years.

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