Your Reliable And Affordable Housing Inspector Portland, ME
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Hiring a certified home inspector is crucial when you buy or sell a new home. With a reliable home inspector by your side, you can make a smart purchase. A certified home inspector will have training and skill to assess a home, inside and outside the structure. The home inspection report will help you understand the various defects and problems that you may not notice otherwise. It will help you while you negotiate the price of the property as well.
To get the desired benefits of the home inspection process, you should hire a reliable and experienced professional. That is where OnPoint Home Inspections can help you.
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OnPoint Home Inspections is an owner-operated home inspection company serving the Maine area. We work with sellers and buyers of commercial and residential properties. We perform all-inclusive house inspection services that will help you make an informed decision while you purchase a home. If you are selling your home, our assessment report helps you make the corrections before prospective buyers step in.
We treat our clients as our family hence offers trustworthy home inspection services. As a licensed and certified housing inspector Portland ME, we have the right tools, extensive experience, and in-depth knowledge in conducting house inspection. Our home evaluation report is easy to read and understand which helps you decide if the home is right for you. From ceilings to the floor, exterior to interior, HVAC to chimneys, termites to mold, we evaluate all aspects to come up with an objective and comprehensive report.
From structural strength to indoor air quality, we value all aspects that are relevant to assessing the safety and security of the home. We use the latest tools and technology possible to make a thorough and comprehensive assessment of the home you intend to buy. Deciding on home purchase becomes hassle-free when you hire us as your housing inspector Portland, ME.
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We Also Specialize in The Following Service:
Septic & Sewer Inspection
We check the pipes running out from the house with an endoscope to determine the condition of the pipe, whether or not tree roots grew into it. That would definitely be a cause for concern. Additionally if there are pumps on the toilet, we would make suggestions to prevent backup.
We like to check along the foundation to make sure of cracks. We also are visually inspecting for water leaks from the outside in which we recommend a professional foundation contractor repairs it. The overall goal is to have a dry basement with no leaks, minimal cracks, proper drainage flow towards the perimeter and lead to a sub pump.
We will visually inspect the roof from a ladder or a drone to make a determination of the condition of the shingles, any potential areas that may leak through improper installation of roof components. We also make sure skylights are not installed in a way water may intrude the skylights.
Exterior Building Components
We visually inspect the exterior siding components whether it is brick, vinyl or wood. It is important to determine the exterior components are installed properly, because it can lead to water getting behind the walls causing mold and mildew issues.
Porches and decks
This is where we like to really focus on structure because this is a high traffic area of a home in the spring and summer seasons. I like to check and make sure the ledger board is the proper dimension pressure treated board, with flashing from door or sliding glass door over it. The ledger board should have top and bottom lags every two to three feet across the ledger, proper concrete footings for the legs, railings are sturdy no more than 4” apart, joist hangers with nails in all of their openings on the house side, and if it is a two tier deck, joist hangers to the ridge board and from the ridge board to the outer deck frame.
We climb up a ladder through your attic access panel as long it is safely accessible to check for any moisture in the interior roof, chimney, properly insulated. Making sure there are no uncapped wires touching insulation, making sure there are vents allowing the excessive heat to escape, making sure the soffits are wide enough for proper ventilation.
Inspection Of Current Electrical Fixtures (Visual)
We check and see the type of electrical system based on the year the home was built. Make sure all the outlets are not working properly. The older homes are grandfathered. We take a visual look inside the electronic control panel to see if everything is hooked up properly and it is not configured like a spider web.
Inspection Of Current Plumbing Fixtures (Visual)
We check the pipes and make sure there are no cracks and leaks, if there is a garbage disposal, there is a proper trap installed, we make sure the plumbing are at a steady decline properly to promote great water flow.
Interior Building Components
This is a majority part of our general inspection. We check the walls, floor, ceiling for horizontal settling cracks, moisture on materials such as wet drywall; floors are stable and supported properly below.
Built In Appliances
If they are left in the home, we are not required to check them, but as a courtesy we will make sure they are in good working condition.
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
We determine whether it is baseboard heat, forced hot air and how the home is cooled down whether it has centralized air and we will run the systems to make sure they are fully functional.
It is very important for all homes to breath properly. If there is not enough transfer of air coming in and out of the home, it may cause more serious issues such as mold & mildew, joists bowing, floors sagging.
This is an optional service, but I recommend this for all homes. You check the walls floors, ceilings, windows and door openings. It can save you thousands of dollars because the amount of heat loss from common areas. It sheds light on areas that may need more insulation or crown molding to retain heat.
Drone/Aerial Photograph is Here Now!
With drone capabilities, we will be performing our roof inspections from the air, which promotes safety on our home inspections. Furthermore, we will offer aerial photos for businesses who want that pic of their establishment from above or for the developers that would like pictures of some acreage they are interesting in purchasing for the sole purpose of subdividing.
For Real Estate Investors (The Cash Buyers)
I had several years of experience in buying, rehabbing and managing, reselling over 250 single-family assets for a local private equity firm with areal estate arm. So I understand that when you buy with cash, many times the investors will bypass the home inspection. Is $20,000 in additional home improvements worth waving the home inspection for under $1,000? We got burned in the beginning of that process, but we learned quickly. The West Coast properties are a different beast. There is a huge termite problem due to moisture dampening in the boards saturating the wood. If you have ever had to tent a home, it is a costly expense that should be avoided.
Dryer Vent Lint Removal
Price range $90-$160 depending on the severity of the clog. An estimated 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths and 100 injuries.