General Home Inspection: A home inspection helps provide buyers peace of mind by giving valuable information on the investment they are about to make. An AmeriSpec® inspection provides a visual examination of more than 400 items in a home from the foundation to the roof. Our inspectors are trained to perform a professional inspection that meets the highest standards in the industry-the Standards of Practice established by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
Our 400+ item inspection findings are packaged in an attractive, easy-to-reference, three-ring binder. The AmeriSpec ReportTM-acknowledged by Realtors® as the gold standard for home inspection reports-features a comprehensive evaluation of the home, a 193 page Home Maintenance Manual, a seasonal maintenance checklist, and a variety of home-related services from our ServiceMaster® partner companies.
AmeriSpec® inspector's go through extensive training and continuing education, always striving to enhance the quality of each inspection conducted. AmeriSpec® offers the best training in the industry by combining classroom instruction and hands-on technical training in our state of the art training facility. To enhance training in the classroom, AmeriSpec uses a complete educational training system developed specifically for AmeriSpec by Carson Dunlop and Associates, one of the most respected names in professional home inspection training.
The Inspector's Top 10 is a web site that has useful information identifying the top 10 defects common in most homes. Know what to fix and what to avoid whether owning, buying or selling a home.
In addition to general home inspections, AmeriSpec inspectors are trained to perform a large variety of ancillary services. Ancillary services vary by area but can include:
This inspection includes the placement of testing devices to measure the ongoing level of radon in the habitable areas of the home. These measurements evaluate the level of radon to determine if any form of improvement is required.
The EPA document A Citizen's Guide To Radon (Third Edition) provides the basic information everyone should know about Radon. For more information on how to reduce your radon health risk, call your state radon office for copies of these guides:
• Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon
• Radon in Schools
• Radon: A Physician's Guide
• Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction
• Technical Support Document to the 1992 Citizens Guide to Radon
• Other Radon-specific publications are located at: www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/pubs/
• Other Indoor Air Quality-specific publications are located at: www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/
If you plan to make repairs yourself, be sure to contact your state radon office or visit our publications site for a current copy of EPA's technical guidance on radon mitigation, "Application of Radon Reduction Techniques for Detached Houses. "
Another great site for additional information is www.howstuffworks.com/radon.htm
Termite and WDI / WDO Inspections:When obtaining a mortgage or a mortgage guarantee to finance the purchase of a home, you most likely will be required to obtain a WDI inspection by the bank, the mortgage company, or the guarantor (FHA, VA, HUD, etc.).
Although commonly referred to as a "termite inspection," WDI stands for "wood-destroying insect," and a proper WDI inspection looks for evidence of infestation by termites, carpenter ants, wood-devouring beetles, and carpenter bees, as well as evidence of past infestations, damage to wood, or conditions conducive to infestation. (The term WDO, for "wood-destroying organism," is also sometimes used.)