Our home inspections usually are 2 hours for condominiums and 3 hours or more for single family homes. The Home Inspection starts with a review of the Exterior of the property including roofing, chimney, windows, doors, attached structures, site improvements, pool, and garage. We then proceed to the Basement to review the structural, heating and cooling, electrical, and plumbing systems. Next we move to the Living Areas to review the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and other living spaces. The completion of the inspection ends in the Attic.
Tools and Equipment
Ladders – Binoculars – Moisture Meter – Electrical Testers – Digital Thermometer – Gas Sniffer - Infra-red camera - Assorted Tools
Deficiencies found at the property are usually further identified by digital photos that are part of your properties dossier.
Roof and Attic Access
We makes every effort to access every roof and attic space of the property
Our reports are completed for our clients only! We are happy to forward any parties with a copy of your report once you have had a chance to review it and authorize us to forward it to your attorney, the seller, the realtors, etc.
How to Repair / Renovate
Our 30 years of experience in the residential and commercial construction industry enables us to provide you with direction and advice for those necessary repairs or planned renovations to your new home.
Types of Reports
Many home inspection companies expand about the long reports that they provide their client. Unfortunately, they are usually on-site, computer generated cryptic digressions full of fluff accompanied with a generic encyclopedia of terms that due not fully apply to your property completed by a non-technical person. Our firm e-mails your report and photographs within 24 hours of the inspection.
Condominium Inspections - "Our Specialty"
A condominium inspection by STEPHEN HOME INSPECTION INC. not only includes the condominium interior itself but reviews the all important exterior building envelope, systems, and common areas. When purchasing a condominium, all buyers should be requesting from the seller the following important documents that will assist and direct you in the purchase: Property Replacement Reserve Report, Association Yearly Report, Association Operating Budget, Proposed Common Area Improvement Schedule, Upcoming Association Special Assessments, Pending Association Claims and Litigation, and Association Board Minutes.
New Property Inspections
A standard property inspection relies on visual evidence and the test of time in order to determine construction thoroughness and present condition. Unfortunately, the property and its systems cannot be fully evaluated nor is the inspection a system adequacy approval. It is typical in Massachusetts that the Builder provide the Buyer a one year warranty on workmanship and materials. In addition, A Certificate Of Occupancy and a Lien Release should be provided by the Builder prior to closing on the property. Our inspection of a new property includes a punch list of items remaining to be completed and can be supplemented with a cash value to repair if required.
Prior to marketing your condominium or home for sale, the owner should consider performing a Seller’s Inspection on their property. This inspection, similar to your typical Buyer Home Inspection, will help you evaluate the condition of the various components of your property as well identify items that require maintenance or replacement. This report can also be used as a marketing tool and will protect you from “surprises” when the buyers home inspector comes to visit your property.
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