Home Inspection Services

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.

The electrical system of a home is a vital part of any home inspection. This emphasis is due in large part to the potential safety and fire hazards that a defective or faulty electrical system poses. A home inspector is not an electrician so much of the inspection is limited to a visual evaluation of the various electrical elements.

The inspector first identifies whether the electrical supply is an overhead or underground system and locates its attachment or entry to the home. He will locate electrical meter and observe its condition. Inside he will locate the main circuit panel and the main disconnect nearby. The circuit panel should be accessible and a visual evaluation of main circuit wiring and panel condition is made.

During the interior inspection he will examine outlets and fixtures, especially locating GFCI, ground fault circuit interrupter, outlets near plumbing fixtures. Any defects discovered in the electrical system may indicate the need for further evaluation by a licensed electrician.

Electrical

Exterior

The exterior of a home can offer clues to the structural integrity of a home. The cladding or siding is made of various types of materials including wood, stone, brick, clapboard, vinyl and aluminum, or a combination of these. The condition of the cladding and any defects are evaluated. A sample selection of windows is tested for function. Doors are inspected. Often evidence of moisture around windows and doors may lead to the need for future evaluation. Dry rotted or damaged wood elements may further indicate wood destroying insects. The general landscape is observed for proper drainage.

Foundation

A house typically needs a solid foundation on which to remain erect. A home’s foundation is just such a structural necessity that its proper function and overall condition cannot be overlooked. During a home inspection, the foundation is visually examined for signs of defect. A stone, block or concrete foundation may exhibit signs of cracking, but these could be fairly indicative of normal stresses.

Heating & Cooling

Heating and cooling systems are either centralized or localized. Most systems today are centralized, especially heating systems. The inspector will note the make and condition of the unit, as well as fuel source. In the case of a cooling system, he will inspect the unit for signs of coolant leaks and defects.

Ductwork is usually metal and observed for integrity. Within the home, a heating and cooling source is located in each room and the various units may be turned on and checked for proper function.

Kansas City Home Inspection carefully inspects all your home’s components. They provide full-service home and commercial inspections and deliver a comprehensive, concise final inspection report.

Plumbing & Bathrooms

The plumbing system will be either a municipal supply or well. Many general home inspectors do not examine the physical components of a well. You might ask if this will be covered in your home inspection.

All pipes that can be visually evaluated are. A professional home inspector will note outdated plumbing materials, such as galvanized pipe. Any visible leaks will be evaluated and reported. The main water shut off is located as well.

During the interior inspection, the inspector will evaluate the flow and function of faucets, the operation of drains and the flush mechanisms of all toilets. Hot and cold configurations will be observed as well.

Most of the elements of a plumbing system lie behind walls and inside floors and ceilings, but a home inspector may be able to uncover clues that reveal the overall condition of a home’s plumbing system.

Radon

Radon is an odorless, tasteless naturally occurring gas. Its radioactive properties are a health hazard. Radon gas, over time, can cause cancer. Radon exists in the natural environment in many areas of the country. Some geologic regions produce more of the gas making radon testing very important.


Radon has become a priority topic in the real estate and home inspection industry. Home buyers have a right to know and to be educated about the hazards of radon and the likelihood of its occurrence in their home. Radon can be hazardous to a home’s indoor air quality.

When an unacceptable level of radon is discovered in a home a specialist in radon mitigation is recommended. A mitigation specialist performs services that reduce the amount of radon in the air as much as is possible. In some instances radon can be reduced to extremely low levels.

Termite

Wood destroying insects in the Kansas City area include Subterranean Termites, Carpenter Ants, Powder Post Beetles & Carpenter Bees. Kansas City Home Inspection can provide wood destroying insect inspections for HUD, FHA, VA and Conventional borrowers. This report is also referred to as a Termite, Pest, WDI or Wood-Boring Insect Inspection Report. The most widely accepted format for this report is the NPMA-33 WDI Report.  

Roof & Attic

Electrical

Exterior

Foundation

Heating & Cooling

Plumbing & Bathrooms

-Inspection Fees-

Whole House Inspection

Homes Under 3000 sq ft

£325

Whole House Inspection

Homes Above 3000 sq ft

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Mechanical (only)


£250

Structural (only)


£250

Commercial Buildings

Price varies depending on the size of the building





Radon Testing


£125

Termite Inspection


£65

Engineering


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Payment for services is due at the time of inspection. Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted.

$375

$250

$250

$125

$65

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Roof & Attic

Whether you are a home buyer or seller, you may like to know the condition of the homes roof. The roof element of the structural inspection includes the exterior roof and features as well as the inside attic space.


A home inspector, no matter how experienced, is not required to climb up onto the roof. He or she may choose to do so when the conditions are safe and they can do so without damaging roofing materials. If they do not access the roof physically, they will visually inspect as many regions of the roof as they can from various vantage points and make detailed notes to that effect in their final report.