STRICTLY BUSINESS: More Than Just Inspections

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Home Inspections

We are licensed to perform Home Inspections in New York & Pennsylvania

Here are some of the things we inspect for you:

The Structural and Foundation Components

structural components of home inspectionWe will visually examine all structural components of a home.  This includes exterior walls and cladding, interior surfaces, the roof (if possible), attic space, the basement or crawlspace, the chimney, foundation walls, and all visible framing.

The home inspection report will detail your home inspector's assessment of these structural components, along with notes on their condition and any repair and replacement recommendations.

We can spot early signs of damage and decrease the risk of an expensive nasty surprise down the road that could have been avoided with a small repair now.

The Electrical Components

electricalThe electrical system in a house is just one of the major operational components inspected by Strictly Business Inspections, however, it is one of the most important. An electrical system that fails to operate properly or safely is a potential fire and electric shock danger, not to mention leaving you without electricity if it fails completely.

Feel free to look at the Sample Home Inspection Report to get a better idea of how our thorough inspection can benefit you and your loved ones.

 The Heating and Cooling Components

Strictly Business will visually inspect, and test, your heating system to determine the general condition of the furnace or boiler, as well as inspect the actual burners, gas (or oil) piping, heat exchanger, ductwork or radiator pipes, and all other components of the heating system.   We will tell you the temperature of the radiators or of the air coming out of the vents, and whether it is adequate.   We will even let you know how efficient the system is rated to be, and whether it would make sense to upgrade to a more efficient heating system.   

A central cooling (A/C) system is comprised of a number of parts, including a condenser, evaporator, and a compressor, as well as an air handler and ductwork.    Strictly Business will give these components a complete inspection and will check for coolant leaks. Any defects in the system will be noted. Like the heating system, your home inspector will tell you the condition, age and expected lifespan of your cooling system.

In some cases, when cooling and heating systems are defective or not properly functioning, we may recommend a qualified HVAC specialist to inspect the system further.

The Exterior Components

The exterior of a home's structure is a vital part of any comprehensive home inspection. The typical elements covered by the exterior analysis include windows and doors, the exterior cladding (the siding) of a home, attached buildings (such as garages and storage), the roof, driveways, walkways, sidewalks, and the general grade of the property.  A general observation of landscape materials, as they relate to property drainage, will also be considered.   The estimated age and remaining useful life of the roof is included too.

With many inspection companies, property features like pools, spas, hot tubs, and solar electric installations on the roof, are not covered in a home inspection.   Decks may not even be included!   However, Strictly Business Inspections includes these items in their complete home inspection package. This makes us one of the most comprehensive home inspection companies in New York and Eastern Pennsylvania.

The Interior Components

Walls, floors, ceilings, stairways and railings are part of the interior structure.   Doors and windows are examined and tested for proper operation, as well as closets and other interior spaces.     Malfunctions in these items can be clues to the underlying condition of a home's structural integrity.

Your Strictly Business home inspector will note materials, condition and possible repairs. He will also check for signs of water damage and perform a mold inspection if it is needed.  In older homes (pre-1978), peeling paint may indicate the presence of lead based paint, which can be a health hazard.   If this is the case, your home inspector will explain the health risks associated with exposure, and recommend it be tested by a licensed lead risk assessor.

Other observations relative to walls, ceilings and floors might indicate structural failures, such as sagging floors, or sticking doors and windows.  Moisture and leaks may indicate roofing or plumbing issues.   Besides the obvious problem of a leak, this condition is conducive to termites and carpenter ant infestations, and can lead to pest and insect damage.  In some instances, our home inspector will suggest an extensive mold inspection.

We also test outlets, major appliances, plumbing, heating and cooling (vents) in each room, radiators, and fixtures.   Any non-working or improperly installed outlet will be noted as a safety (shock) hazard, and appliances will be run through complete cycles (dish washer, clothes washer and dryer) to make sure they work properly.

The Plumbing Components

All faucets will be tested, checking for function and water pressure. Drain plumbing will be evaluated, and all sinks, showers, tubs and toilets tested.    Hot water heaters, and their associated plumbing will be tested, and their condition noted on the inspection report. Your Strictly Business home inspector may recommend further testing and inspection of plumbing and heating systems by a licensed plumber.  The inspector will also suggest repairs that may be needed.

Most home inspection companies exclude water well inspections, deferring well components to a plumber.        Strictly Business Home Inspections inspect water wells as part of their comprehensive, top to bottom, home inspection.

The Roof Component

A roof is a critical component of a home inspection and general inspection of property.  We stress the importance of roof testing and inspection because it can be the source of costly repairs and replacements, depending upon the condition and materials. What you do not see can hurt you, and a roof is often a neglected feature of the home.

Strictly Business Inspections will tell you the condition of your roof and approximate its lifespan, based on its condition.

Your home inspector will detail the condition of chimneys, skylights and other roof structures, noting seams and following clues for any signs of leaks or structural breach.

Additional Home Inspection Services

This does not include the free additional checks that we will make on each home, at no extra charge

Termites and Wood Destroying Insects

Termites, if not caught at an early stage, can create massive nests that house thousands of termites. At Strictly Business Inspections, we don't want you to have to deal with the later stages of the infestation and damage, which is why we inspect for these pests - free of charge!    This service is offered in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

Radon Testing

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that in sufficient quantity, can lead to lung cancer.    Strictly Business Inspections can test for this, and let you know how much, if any, Radon is present in your home.   We place testing devices in the lowest level of living space of the home. These devices measure the level of radon to determine if any remediation is required. The EPA document A Citizen's Guide To Radon (Third Edition) provides the basic information everyone should know about Radon. For more information on how to reduce your radon health risk, call your state radon office for copies of these guides:

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Mold Screening and Testing

Exposure to mold, bacteria and fungus in indoor air has emerged as a significant health problem in residential environments.

 Our Inspectors are certified CMIA (Certified Mold Inspector & Assessor), and have the training, and tools to evaluate mold conditions that will affect your family's health. This service determines whether harmful mold is present in a home, and determines it's cause, as well as makes recommendations for what to do to eliminate it.

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