We Look At: Exterior Home Components, Foundation, Roof, Electrical System, Heating System, Air Conditioning System, Plumbing System, Attic, Garage, Basement, Crawl Space, Interior: Room by Room
A non-invasive and non-destructive residential inspection. Quickly diagnose building conditions, electrical problems, plumbing issues, and HVAC problem areas. Check energy efficiency; locate areas of cost savings and proper system operation. Detect building moisture issues, insulation defects and pinpoint problem areas. Results are captured and documented into professional reports; providing tangible proof of our findings.
Test for Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon is classified has a group A human carcinogen.
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the structure and systems of a home. Having a home inspection is like giving a home a physical check-up. If problems or issues are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation and corrections by qualified contractors.
The standard home inspection will review the conditions of the HVAC system, electrical system, plumbing system, roof, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, appliances, foundation, exterior, drainage and structure.
The purchase of a home is one of, if not the largest single investment you will make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and if any repairs are needed before you purchase it and minimize any surprises. Of course the inspection also points out the positive aspects of the home and maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection you will have a much better understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of the home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a home, but rather describe the condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the home, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the price or terms and/or correct the issues found during the inspection.
Definitely; now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the home and its equipment and systems with the ease of mind that all is good with your purchase.
No. A radon test is a separate service provided. If a radon test is desired, Midlands can provide the service at an additional cost.
Standard home inspections will vary and take roughly 2 to 4 hours depending on the size and condition of the home.
It is not necessary for you to be present during the inspection, but you are welcome to attend and observe the inspector and ask questions while you learn about the condition of the home.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is the oldest and leading nonprofit professional association for independent home inspectors.
Can you Inspect in the RAIN? Sometimes people will call and ask if we can or should perform the home inspection in the rain? And my answer is always YES! It might not be the most fun for the inspector, walking around in the rain, but performing the home inspection in the rain helps us find issues that we would not normally see and could be very difficult to discover if it wasn’t raining. Obviously […]
The flooding in Nebraska and Iowa is devastating! It’s cereal and your heart goes out to all who been affected by the disaster. What should you do after your house floods? It depends on the type of flooding and damaged to your home. Some flooding is caused by sewer back-ups, burst water pipes, malfunctioning sump-pumps, heavy rains and like we have seen here, snow melt mixed with heavy rains and frozen grounds which has caused […]
Stone Veneer, or a more proper name would be Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer. One of the newer exterior cladding being installed in the area over the last decade on mid to higher end homes. This material should be treated like stucco due to the potential problems of water damage to the home and structure. The stone veneer must drain any moisture away from the structure. This is true with any exterior cladding, but it’s especially […]
Winter Mold Ever notice in the cold winter months you may get some mold growing around your windows on the sills and trim work in your home? Why does mold often appear around the windows during the winter months? Humidity and condensation are the reason. Warm, indoor air condensates on the cold windows forming droplets (moisture) which soaks into the sills and trim work around the window, so it becomes damp and before you know […]
Our office hours are well suited to book your inspection in the fastest most convenient manner for you. Office hours are extensive and convenient; we are available via phone from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Office appointments are scheduled appointments only. Special circumstances always exist and Midlands Home Inspections will work with you to meet your needs.