Battley Home Inspection services uses the latest state of the art equipment to determine acceptable conditions of a home or commercial property during the inspection process. The process includes a visual inspection og all components required by the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors in the Standard of Practice. Each report is detailed with electronic an/or hardcopy images in order to provide a thorough description of findings.
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PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTION (BUYERS)
A Pre-Purchase inspection is performed before the purchase of a property. The benefit of an inspection before purchase is that you will have a sound basis on which to make an informed decision regarding your purchase of home or commercial property.
The problems found will be pointed out and explained, as well as the positive points of the home or commercial property. We will explain what routine maintenance is needed to keep the property in top condition. This will help you to get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the best understanding of the systems that make up your home and how to maintain them. After the inspection is completed, we will furnish to you a comprehensive report that is easy to understand and follow. All critical information identified during the inspection will be included in the report allowing you to make a confident decision regarding your purchase.
THE BIG PICTURE
The first step in inspecting a home is to examine the big picture for the home. Notice the area the home is located in. Are there other homes of similar age and construction details relative to the home you are inspecting? A comparison will give you a general idea of the up keep of the home. Have there been significant modifications to the exterior of the building and if so, how is the workmanship?
Start at the exterior front of the house and work your way around the house (clockwise or counter-clockwise) at a distance which allows you to view a complete face comfortably. On each face (front, sides, rear) start your visual inspection at the top of the structure and work your way down to the ground and lot area. As an example, you would start at the front and note the roof and chimneys, the gutters, fascia and soffit's. Then, moving down the exterior wall coverings (brick, wood, aluminum), noting windows, doors, etc. Examine any porches or decks down to the foundation, then the grade or slope of the lot area, followed by any coverings, such as flower beds, walkway's, interlocking brick, driveways, etc. Move closer to the house, to examine more closely any details which may have attracted your attention, without skipping any items. Having completed the front, move to the side of the house and start the same procedure (roof to ground).
On the interior, begin your inspection in the basement and then follow the system throughout each floor in the house. The system for inspecting the interior is to begin with the floor, go to the walls and then the ceiling, and then consider any appliances or other items in the room. Move from room to room, always in the same direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise) so as to not miss any areas. If you see a door, open it! In the utility room in the basement, first notice the floor, the walls (possibly the foundation walls are visible here), then the ceiling (floor joists may be visible), then go to the furnace, hot water heater, electrical panel, plumbing system, etc. When inspecting the floors, walls and ceilings, scan the entire areathat is visible, not just one section. In a finished room you would notice the floors, walls (including windows) and ceiling. Next look for the heat sources, electrical outlets and switches, fireplaces, closets etc. In bathroom or kitchen, notice the floor, walls and ceiling, then the plumbing fixtures.
While performing the inspection, whether at the exterior, the interior or one of the mechanical systems, note the system first, then its relative condition. For example, if you were inspecting a wall on the interior of the home you would first note that the wall is plaster, and then examine the wall for cracks and irregularities.
Conserving energy and saving money makes sense for homeowners and for the environment. An energy efficient home is more comfortable, cost-effective, durable and has a higher resale value. It also helps protect the environment. Battley Inspection Energy Advisors can show you how you can save money while saving the planet. An energy audit offers you a detailed outline of your energy use that will include:
- A basement-to-attic assessment of your home’s insulation, heating and cooling systems, appliances, and other energy uses.
- A “blower door” test to detect air leaks and drafts.
- A personalized Energy Efficient Evaluation Report with an energy rating and practical recommendations for improvement.
The complete report shows how much energy you can save by making improvements, and how much your energy rating will improve.
Thermography measures surface temperatures by using infrared video and still cameras. These tools see light that is in the heat spectrum. The resulting images helps us determine whether insulation is needed. They also serve as a quality control tool, to ensure that insulation has been installed correctly. Thermographic inspections are either an interior or exterior survey. Interior scans are more common, because warm air escaping from a building does not always move through the walls in a straight line. Heat loss detected in one area of the outside wall might originate at some other location on the inside of the wall. Also, it is harder to detect temperature differences on the outside surface of the building during windy weather. Because of this difficulty, interior surveys are generally more accurate because they benefit from reduced air movement.