City of Oaks Home Inspections

List of Services 2008

Preferred Home Inspection - the most complete inspection and best value

The Preferred Home Inspection is a thorough and objective visual examination of a home's condition, performed by a trained Inspector. I will thoroughly inspect all major components of the property, describing problem areas as well as positive aspects that were found. The Inspection provides homeowners with a basic understanding of all systems in the home, including electrical, plumbing, heat, cooling, and related systems. This inspection may include an initial Radon screening as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a water sampling test. This inspection is an excellent time for the buyer to ask questions about the home's condition. The Home Inspector's goal is to educate the home owner, and to give that home owner a good perspective in making an informed decision.

Your Preferred Home Inspection will include:
  • Radon initial screening (two visits required)
  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
  • Eaves, soffit and fascia
  • Grading and drainage
  • Basement, foundation, and crawlspace
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Heating systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Main water shutoff valves
  • Water heating system
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
  • Electrical service line and meter box
  • Main disconnect and service amperage
  • Electrical panels, breakers, and fuses
  • Grounding and GFCI's
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
  • And much more ...

Standard Home Inspection - without the recommended Radon initial screening:

A Standard inspection does not include Radon initial screening which the EPA recommends. It does include all other points of the Preferred Home Inspection.

New Construction Inspection - complements your new home's warranty:

In addition to the points included with a Preferred Home Inspection, including Radon initial screening, I will also return to the home in ten months to re-inspect, based on your new home's one-year warranty.

Move In Certified Inspection - the seller's advantage in today's market:

As part of your Preferred or Standard inspection report, any concerns with major systems or safety issues will be described. You will have those items corrected, then notify City of Oaks Home Inspections and General Contracting, LLC .  You will certify that there are no known safety or major systems defects.  We will return to verify your statement and to lend you a Move In Certified yard sign. The online inspection report will be updated to include any repairs that were made. You may use the yard sign and the written inspection report in your marketing of the property.

Investors Inspections - when you know exactly what you're looking for:

The Investors Inspection is designed specifically for investors who are either considering a property, or who are in escrow on a property. I will visit the property with you, to discover major concerns and potential major problems. This limited inspection is good for those who are going to gut and renovate, and it is also acceptable for remodeling when you don't need to know about the minor defects and cosmetic defects. If your investment is a commercial property, we will focus on the particular building systems that are most important to you. You will receive a brief online report that only describes the major concerns that we found.

Commercial Inspections - at the scope and size that you determine:

Commercial Inspections are designed for buildings that will be used for any kind of business purpose. The scope and cost of commercial inspections are provided in a written proposal. Multi-unit apartment buildings are also included in this service for dwellings not to exceed four units. Commercial properties of any size can be thoroughly inspected byCity of Oaks Home Inspections and General Contracting, LLC of Raleigh.

Accessibility Inspection - so your business can attract all potential customers:

Various laws around the world require public accommodations to provide goods and services to people with disabilities on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. Businesses benefit from the patronage of all people. Those who own, lease, lease out, or operate places of public accommodation should have as a goal the identification and reduction of physical barriers to this patronage. This Accessibility Inspection report will help identify possible accessibility deficiencies in existing facilities. This report may be offered in conjunction with a complete Commercial Inspection or offered as a separate, stand-alone inspection service.

Environmental Sampling - for your health and safety:

Some common health hazards cannot be seen, but I can take samples for the laboratory to analyze.  The Environmental Protection Agency recommends Radon screening  for ALL North Carolina homes and real estate transactions. Water Quality Sampling tests for ten common water contaminants.  Drinking water can be sampled for coliform bacteria, nitrates/nitrites, or lead.

5-Point Inspection - the basics for most insurance needs:

Many insurance companies require a 5-point inspection before issuing a new policy. This limited inspection includes roof, foundation, electrical, plumbing, and heating. Some insurance companies call this a "4-point inspection," but it's the same thing.

Single System Inspection - one at a time:

If you just have a concern about a single system within the property, then this limited inspection will focus on that item only. Typical single systems include roof, foundation, electrical, plumbing, or heating.

Re-inspection - let's take another look:

All Preferred and Standard inspections may include one return visit within 45 days. If we have found something that needs to be repaired, and it gets repaired, you can ask me to return for that specific item or items. Some restrictions apply, so be sure to ask about the details. After 45 days, regular prices apply for re-inspections.

Construction Pre Drywall Inspections - while the work is in progress:

If you are having a house built, you'll need a series of inspections along the way.  Pre Drywall Inspections focus on the systems as they are built or installed. This provides a good way to control cost overruns and to avoid surprises at possession of the house. A written proposal will be made to determine the number of inspections you require.


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