NPI professionals are trained to perform a visual, unbiased home inspection. The inspectors assess the home from roof to foundation to identify safety issues and describe the current conditions on the property. Your inspector will walk you step-by-step through significant findings. Following the inspection, you will receive an easy-to-read, thorough report for your records. This can assist you in purchase negotiations, warranty repairs or when making future maintenance decisions.
We encourage you to allow time to attend at least the final portion of the inspection. This allows us to walk through the home with you, pointing out findings and explaining elements of the report. Following is a short description of some of our inspection services:
- Homebuyer’s pre-closing inspections
Sometimes referred to as a "general home inspection," these are booked prior to closing on either brand new or existing housing. The inspection covers hundreds of components in the home and includes a written report clearly outlining safety concerns and the current condition of the home. The report gives buyers the information they need to make the best decision and prepare for future maintenance.
- Homeseller’s pre-listing inspections
A general home inspection completed prior to listing or selling the home to give current owners an idea of maintenance items to address. A pre-listing inspection also helps inspire confidence in prospective buyers regarding the condition of the home and reduce time spent in contract negotiation because an unbiased, independent inspector has reviewed all major systems.
- New home builder’s warranty inspections
Most brand-new home builders provide homeowners with a 12-month Builder’s Warranty. Ordering an inspection before the warranty expires gives the homeowner a professionally-prepared report to go over with the builder addressing possible issues. If repairs are not needed, it provides peace of mind regarding the quality of the new home.
- Infrared Thermal Technology
What is a thermal imaging/infrared inspection?
In a thermal imaging/infrared inspection, the inspector uses a specially-designed camera that records images of the infrared light waves emitted from different objects. All objects at normal temperatures emit different levels of infrared or thermal energy. Although this cannot be seen with the naked eye, the camera’s lens can record this light which gives the inspector clues about what is happening under walls and ceilings. Thermal imaging can help detect: missing insulation, water leakage, hot spots in electrical wiring, drafts around doors or windows, improperly installed ductwork, pest infestation and storm damage. An infrared inspection is non-intrusive and non-destructive. At the end of the inspection, clients generally receive a report that includes both thermal images and digital images of significant findings.
What is building science?
Building science involves looking at the home as a single system instead of lots of separate parts. Its principles are used to evaluate home energy needs, climate, geography, ventilation systems and proper sizing of appliances. By evaluating all of the major systems in a home together, it can be easier evaluate maintenance or renovation costs when compared to energy efficiency improvement and overall comfort.
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