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What is Home Inspection?

The Home Inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the house. It provides you an expert third party opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house. Regardless of whether you are a first-time home buyer or currently own your home, the process of buying a new home is  always a time of great excitement. However, it can also be a time of stress and anxiety as you try to make sure that you are making a sound and safe investment in your family's future.

A home inspection is typically required prior to any home purchase regardless of age or current condition.  Whether you are buying a new construction home, resale home or even a foreclosure home, the best way to safeguard your home investment is to become an informed consumer by learning as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you purchase.

In order to prepare the report, an inspector must conduct a visual inspection of the house. The inspection process typically takes about 3 hours to complete. This of course may vary, according to the size and condition of the home. This will give you a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the systems of the home.

Selling your Home?

Get your pre-listing inspection off your checklist. Almost all property sales are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory home inspection. This contingency is known as the home inspection contingency. Buyers will have this inspection performed by a professional home inspector of their choosing. 

There are many benefits if you have the home inspection completed prior to listing the property. You have the freedom of choosing your own qualified inspector, have the knowledge of the current condition of your property, and even make any necessary repairs of any conditions that may devalue your home. These repairs can be done on your time and your terms. Without having to appease a nervous buyer or a contingency contract where repaired items must be of comparable value. You will save money completing any necessary repairs using your choice of contractor and materials. You can also benefit by disclosing any found problem areas to your potential buyers, marking them 'as-is' without any surprises that may drop your sale.

By having a pre-listing inspection completed early you have knowledge of the areas of the property that need attention. Then you can either correct the issue or simply present it 'as-is', assuring a smooth sale process.

What To Expect

During the inspection of the home we will look at the various systems that compose the structure. Such examples are listed below:

  • Framing (structure)
  • Roof and attic
  • Foundation
  • Walls
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing system
  • Heating and air conditioning systems
  • Balconies and Decks
  • Fireplaces/Chimneys
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom(s)
  • Crawl space
  • Windows and doors
  • Laundry
  • Garage
  • Drainage and more

Additional items and systems unique to a particular home can also be inspected. We strongly encourage you to attend the home inspection and are happy to address whatever questions you have about the property. The actual home inspection will conclude with a walkthrough that includes a detailed discussion of findings and review of photographic images of items which will be included in your home inspection report.

When the inspection is complete, you will receive a full written report of the inspection. The report will include any problems that were discovered and any routine maintenance that should be performed. We'll tell you about any problems we find, and make repair recommendations. The report will also include photo documentation that will help to understand the content. Let us help remove some of the anxiety from the home purchase process so that you can proceed with confidence, knowing that you have made an informed decision on your family's largest investment.

What Makes JLM Environmental Different?

In addition to being certified home inspectors, technicians employed by JLM Environmental are state licensed in asbestos, lead, mold, and radon. About 90% of our competitors do not hold the necessary state licenses required to conduct such additional inspections or risk assessments in these fields. Be aware of those claiming to do so as this can delay your sale or cause future problems from unsound or faulty information from unlicensed state inspectors. Our company can provide you with a comprehensive solution for any contingencies you may come across during the sale or purchase of a home. Indoor air quality is also highly requested in conjunction with home inspections. Performing all of these inspections by knowledgeable technicians at once can save you time and money. Please visit the asbestosleadmold, and radon pages for further information.

Your average home inspector is able to give you a detailed description of the properties' condition based on a visual inspection and experience. What if the inspector was able to see what the naked eye cannot? Using cutting edge technology, JLM Environmental home inspectors are able to do just that. Thermal imaging cameras are used during the home inspection to take an 'x-ray' visual exam through interior walls and floors. Internal and external water intrusion sources can be identified at this time. The internal portion will relate to possible sources in the interior plumbing, condensation from AC systems, drain leaks, spa tub leaks, etc.  External sources will relate to roofing, improperly sealed windows, exterior perimeter pooling water, compromised or lack of rain gutters and downspouts, etc. Prior to thermal imaging use, the inspector will run the properties plumbing lines by operating all faucets throughout the home. Any possible plumbing leaks will be noted using the thermal camera's ability to distinguish between temperatures. It is also advantageous to have the inspection performed immediately following a recent rain. Possible water leaks and intrusions not associated with the plumbing of the home are likely to be found.

The client should be aware that conditions may not be optimal for all aspects of the thermal imaging inspection since the rain factor cannot be controlled.

Home Inspection Agreement

Please download the PDF form, fill out and have onsite or email a scanned copy to jlmenvironmental@yahoo.com.

Standards of Practice

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