Residential Home Inspection:
Having your new home professionally inspected by Top Down Home Inspections as early as possible in the buying process could save you thousands of dollars on items that you may be able to have the seller or builder correct.
Our company is dedicated to providing clients with the most valuable information about their new investment so an informed decision can be made. We thoroughly inspect all major components of the subject property to expose unknown defects and advise clients about any future maintenance anticipated once the purchase is complete.
A visual inspection of accessible systems and components of the home include:
- Structure and Foundation
- Electrical Systems
- Plumbing Systems
- Roofs and Attics
- Basements and Crawl Spaces
- Gutters and Drainage
- Finished Floors, Walls and Ceilings
- Porches and Decks
We also inspect and / or operate:
- Furnaces (in heating season)
- Air Conditioning (in cooling season)
- Plumbing Fixtures in Kitchens and Baths
- Water Heaters
- Lights and Receptacles (representative sampling of)
- Windows and Doors (representative sampling of)
- Built-in Appliances
A detailed report is provided after every inspection. Our inspectors are also available any time after the inspection has been completed to address any questions and concerns, free of charge. Our inspectors, at Top Down Home Inspections, are professionals that are experienced, certified inspectors who pride themselves in providing a thorough, professional inspection.
Pre-Listing Home Inspection for Sellers:
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
- It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
- It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
- It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that …
- Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy Permit.
- You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
- It helps you to price your home realistically.
- It may relieve prospects’ concerns and suspicions.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement
Scientists are more certain about radon risks than from most other cancer-causing substances.
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer. And the amount of time between exposure and the onset of the disease may be many years.
Like other environmental pollutants, there is some uncertainty about the magnitude of radon health risks. However, we know more about radon risks than risks from most other cancer-causing substances. This is because estimates of radon risks are based on studies of cancer in humans.
Smoking combined with radon is an especially serious health risk. Stop smoking and lower your radon level to reduce your lung cancer risk.
Children have been reported to have greater risk than adults of certain types of cancer from radiation, but there are currently no conclusive data on whether children are at greater risk than adults from radon.
Your chances of getting lung cancer from radon depend mostly on:
- How much radon is in your home
- The amount of time you spend in your home
- Whether you are a smoker or have ever smoked
Top Down Home Inspectors are certified Radon Technicians. Our Inspectors use a continuous monitoring device to accurately test for 48 hours to detect radon in your home.
Home Energy Inspection:
It takes a lot of energy to heat, cool, and operate a home. Most home buyers purchase a home without first understanding what it will cost to operate it once they move in. The average homeowner can save up to $500 every year in utility bills by following the prioritized recommendations within our Energy Report.
Our Energy Inspection will give you a quick understanding of:
- How much a home will cost to operate once you move in.
- Where the energy (and, therefore, money) is being wasted in your home.
- What can be done to save energy and increase comfort.
We collect over 40 data points related to home energy, including:
- number and age of new occupants;
- local energy prices;
- building design and orientation;
- light bulbs, number and type;
- insulation R-value at the foundation, ceiling and walls;
- air tightness and air leakage rates;
- skylights and window types and sizes;
- appliances and equipment, size, age, capacities and efficiencies; and
- heating, cooing and water heating data.
New Construction Home Inspection – Pre Move In:
This home inspection is performed when construction is finished and ready for occupancy, but prior to the final walk through by the builder. You get critical information about your new home prior to closing and it gives the builder time to make any necessary corrections before the purchase is finalized.
1 Year Anniversary Home Inspection – New Construction:
This home inspection is performed approximately 30 days before the expiration of the builder’s one-year new home warranty. This inspection addresses any warranty-related concerns that you may want to bring to the builder’s attention, and allows time for any necessary repairs before the warranty expires.
Duplex / Multiplex Inspection:
Top Down Home Inspections provide comprehensive inspections for multi-unit properties (duplexes, multiplexes). Similar to a standard or extended full home inspection, this inspection reviews all visual aspects of the individual units of a property, as well as all shared major systems and structural components.
Manufactured / Mobile Home Inspections:
There are many potential problems with manufactured homes that may prevent it from passing inspection. For example, if they are not properly secured, they can be lifted from the foundation and destroyed by a tornado or even a strong wind storm. Not only is that a loss for you but you and your family could lose your life.
A pre-purchase manufactured home inspection may be your only chance to have an independent, unbiased expert catch those things which the seller may have “forgotten” or wasn’t aware of. Issues may be found that affect the desirability of the home, things no one was aware of. You want to have all of these concerns listed for you, so you can negotiate a better price on your purchase. The investment in our service means future savings on the after move in costs.