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Home Inspection Services

 

At Northwoods Property Inspections we know that your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. That is why it is better to spot problems and take corrective action before they can cause serious damage that might affect its value. Whether you are buying or selling a home, our mission is to inspect your home thoroughly so you can make an informed decision on your investment.

 

A licensed home inspector will provide you with a comprehensive, professional and unbiased inspection report that’s presented in a simplified format, so you can make the best decisions possible for your family. We take photos throughout the inspection and include them in our report. Following the inspection, our reports are posted online and available for download.

Buyers Home Inspection

 

            

We encourage our clients to attend the inspection. A quality inspection may take 2-4 hours depending on the size and condition of the home.Whether you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned buyer, our home inspectors will provide an excellent education on ownership and maintenance of the house, along with reviewing any major issues and general building construction. It's important for buyers to remember that no home is perfect, even the newest homes will have some issues.

 

Our goal is to not only help you identify any major concerns, we will also notify you of any deferred maintenance that should be completed to keep your home in the best shape possible for years to come. If you ever have any concerns or question, please ask. We want you to understand everything about the home you are buying. 

 

 

Seller's (Pre-Listing) Home Inspection

Reduce the chances of your home sale falling apart by having pre-listing home inspection

Have you considered getting a home inspection before you list your house on the market? If your answer is no, you may be missing out on the opportunity to get more money for your home. Not to mention making the sale of your home go as smooth and quick as possible. Very few people realize the benefits of having a pre-listing home inspection.

Benefits of a pre-listing inspections:

  • You will understand the condition of your home

 

A home inspection will let you know the condition of your home giving you the opportunity to price your house accordingly. You may choose to make all the necessary fixes to get top dollar for your home or you may choose to forgo putting more money into your home by disclosing all of the issues upfront.

 

  • You can make the repairs needed

 

If the home inspector finds any major issues, you will have the time to get them fixed yourself without the pressure of a contract. When you are ready to list your property, you can have the confidence that you have corrected any major problems and are giving yourself the opportunity to get full price for your home.

 

  • Reduce stress, minimize that chance of negotiations and close quicker

Selling a home is stressful. Your stress will be reduced by not having to worry if the sale will go through when the buyer has an inspection conducted. Buyers tend to use the home inspection as a negotiating tool to get a reduced price or to get additional repairs done. Since you have already made the repairs or have disclosed any issues to the buyer beforehand it is less likely that the buyer will come back with demands that can delay or derail the sale.

What's Included in All Standard Home Inspections

All of our home inspectors are proud members of InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and WAHI, Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors. We abide by the WAHI Code of Ethics, as well as the Wisconsin Standards of Practice, which sets forth the minimum requirements for a home inspection. The list below incorporates the Wisconsin Standards of Practice, but also incorporates part of the Northwoods Property Inspections list of Best Practices for a home inspection. 

 

Roofs

  • Roof coverings, including type.

  • Roof drainage systems.

  • Flashings.

  • Skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations.

  • Signs of leaks or abnormal condensation on building components. 

Exterior

  • Wall claddings, including type.

  • Flashings and trim.

  • Entryway doors and at least one window per side of a dwelling unit.

  • Garage door operators, including whether any garage door operator automatically reverses or stops when meeting reasonable resistance during closing.

  • Decks, balconies, stoops, steps and porches including railings.

  • Eaves, soffits and fascias.

  • Grading, drainage, driveways, patios, walkways, and retaining walls that abut the dwelling unit.

Foundation and Structure

  • Foundation walls

  • Crawl spaces

  • Floor structure (posts, beams, joists, etc.)

  • Signs of basement moisture / water intrusion are always a concern for buyers, and we always inspect for this. We use moisture meters to check for elevated moisture levels when they’re suspected.

Electrical

  • Service entrance conductors.

  • Service equipment, grounding equipment, main over current device.

  • Main and distribution panels, including their location.

  • Amperage and voltage ratings of the service, including whether service type is overhead or underground.

  • Branch circuit conductors, their over current devices, and the compatibility of their ampacities and voltages, including any aluminum branch circuit wiring.

  • The operation of a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the house, garage and any exterior walls.

  • The polarity and grounding of all receptacles within 6 feet of interior plumbing fixtures, in the garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures.

  • The operation of ground fault circuit interrupters.

  • The functionality of the power sources for smoke detectors.

Plumbing

  • Interior water supply and distribution system, including piping materials, supports, fixtures, faucets, functional flow and drainage, leaks and cross connections.

  • Interior drain, waste and vent system, including traps, drain, waste, and vent piping, piping supports and leaks.

  • Hot water systems, including water heating equipment, normal operating controls, automatic safety controls, and the exterior surfaces of chimneys, flues, and vents.

  • Fuel storage and distribution systems, including interior fuel storage equipment, supply piping, venting, supports and leaks.

  • Sump pumps.

Heating

  • Heating equipment and distribution systems.

  • Normal operating controls and energy source.

  • Automatic safety controls.

  • Exterior surfaces of chimneys, flues and vents.

  • Solid fuel heating devices.

  • The presence of an installed heat source in each room.

Cooling

  • Cooling and air handling equipment, including type and energy source.

  • Normal operating controls.

  • The presence of an installed cooling source in each room.

Interior

  • Walls, ceilings and floors.

  • Steps, stairways, balconies and railings.

  • Counters and all sink base cabinets.

  • A random sample of doors and windows.

  • Separation walls, ceilings, and doors between a dwelling unit and an attached garage or another dwelling unit.

  • Signs of water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components.

Insulation and Ventilation

  • The presence or absence of insulation in unfinished spaces.

  • Ventilation of attics and foundation areas.

  • Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry venting systems.

Garage

  • Overhead doors

  • Garage door openers

  • All of the other stuff that most folks would probably expect; doors, stairs, walls, floor, electrical, etc.