Habitat Home Inspections

Home Buyer's Inspection:

Pre-purchasing or home buyer’s inspections are the most common type of home inspections performed. When you’re investing in a house, you want to know if there are problems or issues that could change your mind about buying. Your written report from Habitat Home Inspections includes inspecting the important and costly home system components. For example, Brian will visually inspect the home’s: exterior, roof, attic, crawlspace, interior, just to name a few areas. 
While inspecting Brian is looking for signs of a well-maintained home. In your report, Brian will show pictures and describe the home’s maintenance or lack thereof. For example, missing caulking at the bathtub, which might cause rot to the wood substructure. Other examples would be neglect (e.g. paint failing on siding, causing moisture problems), safety (e.g. staircases or decks not in accordance with safety standards, or dated or improper electrical installation). These are just a few examples of what your home inspection report might consist of. Call 360-366-8142 to have a phone consultation about questions you have, and receive a complimentary quote.

Seller's Inspection - Pre-Listing Inspection:

Pre-listing or home sellers inspections are the second most common type of inspection and are becoming a standard practice before listing a house. If you are thinking about listing your home, or already have, you will want to strongly consider having Habitat Home Inspections perform a  pre-listing inspection. You will find many benefits of having your home inspected, such as finding out if you have any deal-breakers. These include but are not limited to unnoticed water damage (plumbing leaks, rot, mold, etc.), foundation issues (e.g. horizontal stress crack, vermin entry), roof problems (leaking, poor ventilation, or damaged), or renovation work performed not in accordance with safety standards or current building practices.

Buyers who see that you did a seller’s home inspection can have drastically less negotiation power. You can disclose the repairs made and show proof, prior to their inspector pointing out your home’s issues. Thus, you can have a faster closing and get more for your home by being proactive now. Plus having an inspection report gives you a list to work from for addressing areas that you might be unaware of (e.g. crawlspace or attic.) Call 360-366-8142 to have a phone consultation about questions you have, and receive a complimentary quote.

Structural Pest Inspection:

Home Pest Inspections Blaine WashingtonAll Habitat Home Inspections include Structural Pest Inspections (SPI), where applicable. A Structural Pest Inspection will focus on Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO’s)To understand this simply, WDO’s are wood decay fungi (a.k.a. rot) and WDO insects (i.e. carpenter ants, damp wood termites, beetles, etc.) that can attack the structural integrity of a house. Most of the time moisture-related issues are a co-factor with having WDO’s; for example, an unnoticed plumbing leak from a dishwasher that soaks the wood substructure in the crawlspace can lead to rot and/or a new habitat for WDO insects to call home. Make sure you’re aware, by having an SPI, you might be protecting yourself from potentially major costs associated with the repair and/or remediation of WDO’s.

Sewer Scope Inspection:

A lateral sewer line scope is an ancillary inspection service to see the condition of the sewer-line from the house out to the city tap or septic tank. Sewer line repairs and replacements are very expensive. Making a small investment in a sewer scope is part of doing your due diligence when buying any home. While scoping sewer lines we have documented cracked lines, offsets, root intrusion, belly’s, and even a fence post into a sewer line. Whether new construction or turn of the century home, we have seen sewer line issues!

The picture above is of a brand new sewer line that was damaged while installing (i.e. a crack).