Purchasing a home can be a stressful time. The last thing you want is to move into your "dream home" only to have that dream turn into a nightmare because of unknown issues with the home. This is why you should involve a Wisconsin Licensed Home Inspector in your buying process. No house is perfect, even a new construction house may have issues. Having a home inspection will significantly reduce the chances of an unexpected problem or unknown expense. The cost of an inspection is a very small amount compared to the cost of your new home. It is money well spent to have the peace of mind to know the major systems have been inspected.
I have been a professional licensed home inspector since 2005, and have completed over 2000 inspections. I am a member of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI), Chippewa Valley Chapter. WAHI is a not-for-profit professional association that has an established Code of Ethics, as well as Rules and Bylaws that promote standards of professional conduct. I am also a member of the Realtor's Association of Northwest Wisconsin. This allows me access to homes via the Realtor's Association lock-box system, making it more convenient to schedule an inspection time and to enter the home.
I encourage you to attend the inspection. I point out general maintenance items, and try to answer any questions you may have about the property.
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and all of the major operating systems of the home. The report details the condition of the items inspected. It will identify systems that in satisfactory condition, systems that are not functioning properly, as well as items that may need maintenance. The report is delivered to you through email the same day as the inspection.
Radon monitoring can be scheduled to be performed with the home inspection, or as a stand alone test. The monitoring takes 48 hours, and the results are downloaded and available at that time. There is an additional charge for this service.
More information on radon gas can be found at www.epa.gov/radon
If you are in the process of listing your home for sale, a pre-listing inspection can be performed. This report can identify items in your home that may need repair or maintenance, and may help speed up the process of selling.