What Makes Us Different
We are not your normal home inspectors. We like walking roofs. We like walking attics. We like crawling on our hands and knees on dirt floor crawlspaces underneath your house getting cob webs in our hair. OK maybe we exaggerated the crawlspace part but the fact of the matter is that we typically go on top of, into, and under places that most inspectors do not because either they are afraid to or they just physically can’t.
So why do we like walking roofs vs eying them from the ground with binoculars and/or at the roof edge on a ladder, or worse yet, with a drone camera? For one thing it is a challenge to climb and walk a roof that 99% of the population won’t get on to but more importantly it provides the best way to inspect a roof. You cannot inspect chimney flashing and check for shingle adhesion loss any other way.
Unfortunately we cannot get on to every roof every time – there are safety limitations. We cannot walk a snow, ice, wet, or frost covered roof. We do not walk a 2nd or 3rd floor roof not accessible from a lower roof with a 4 foot step ladder. We do not walk roofs that are 45 degrees or more in angle. And no inspector should be walking a tiled, slate, wood shingle/shake, or cement shingle roof as they could damage the shingles. These roofs will be inspected from the ground with binoculars and/or from 2nd floor windows and balconies.
Some inspectors will inspect attics from the attic hatch standing on a step ladder. We like going a step further and getting into the attic and walking it. That way we have a better opportunity to see if the chimney flashing is leaking, if there is structural damage to the rafters, if there is missing insulation, localized mold growth, localized leaking, cracked plumbing vents, ice dam back up evidence, bat roosting evidence, electrical violations, etc.
But like roofs, we can’t walk every attic. Some attics are almost impossible to get into. Some have blown in loose cellulose insulation that you just can’t walk through. Some attics you can't stand up in. Truss attics with blown in fiberglass insulation is hard to walk through as well. With these attics, we try to get into them as far as we can to make a good assessment.
Cement floor crawlspaces are pretty easy to get through so no matter who you hire they should be able to crawl through them unless you are hiring an inspector who doesn’t go into crawlspaces so make sure you ask if you are calling around. If they say they will go in to on top of or underneath an area if they deem it to be accessible and safe, ask them what they consider to be accessible and safe. If they can’t give you a clear answer, don’t hire them!
Dirt floor crawlspaces are another matter altogether. These can be found in homes typically built before 1970. Find out if your home has one before calling around to hire an inspector. We go into most dirt floor crawlspaces partially – not fully because typically there will be sections that are just un-accessible due to plumbing, HVAC ducting, and/or floor joist or support beam to ground clearance. If the joist to ground clearance is less than 2 feet, we don’t enter the crawlspace but rather inspect it from the hatch; otherwise we are going in!
Our inspection and data collection process is efficient and thorough. In fact, we almost changed our company name to Thorough Home Inspections as the word “thorough” is the most commonly used adjective we hear from clients and Realtors to describe our inspection process, but it just doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like Detailed Home Inspections!
Because our process is efficient and thorough, we do not have to be on site for as long as most inspectors. This is because over the years and after thousands of inspections we have developed our own data collection and report writing process that is more efficient than most commercially available report writing systems that most inspectors purchase and use. This means you don’t have to be at the inspection with us as long as you would be with another inspector. And we definitely want you there for the inspection! We typically perform a 1,500 sq ft 50yr old house inspection in 1.5hrs and then email the report out later that same evening. Most inspectors will take between 2-3hrs or more on site to do that same house and not be as thorough as we are. In fact, some will take up to 4 hrs. Do not mistake a longer inspection time for a more thorough inspection; typically it just means that the longer the inspection takes, the less efficient the inspector’s process is – assuming both inspectors are at the same experience and knowledge level.
Hours of Operation
- Monday-Saturday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM