Inspections to Consider Before Closing on a Property

Not all of the inspections below will be required for every property. Each one of them provides an additional layer of peace of mind.

Full Home Inspection

As per the InterNACHI standards of practice, PAD will inspect, by means of limited visual examination, all readily accessible areas of the home. This includes roofs, foundations, crawls spaces,attics, outlet function, lights and ceiling fans, furnace, a/c, water heater, condition of windows, doors, siding, locking mechanisms, plumbing materials, traps and fixtures, grounds and drainage systems(excludes sprinkler systems), garage door opener safety reverse  features, and much more. 

PAD uses advanced software to produce the most detailed report available today for clients' peace of mind and negotiating leverage. Every client will also receive a free printed copy of the EPA's Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon.

Radon Measurement Test

Radon is a tasteless, odorless radioactive gas stemming from uranium.  Minnesota is a high risk state.

PAD Inspections offers two types of radon testing: activated charcoal and continuous monitoring. Charcoal tests only give clients a maximum reading of the radon levels during the 48 hr test period. Tests are sent via priority mail express to the lab, and results are in no later than two days after shipping. 

Continuous monitors provide an hour by hour graph of the radon levels, and PAD's monitors also measure temperature, pressure, humidity, and have a Kensington lock to ensure tamper free testing. Results are available instantly upon retrieval of the monitor after the 48 hr test period.

Thermal Imaging Scan

Infrared cameras provide thermal images of walls, roof sheathing and around windows, doors and plumbing fixtures etc. These scans basically identify wet areas because they will show up cooler (bluer) in the scan than the dryer(redder) areas. 

PAD Inspections offers thermal imaging scans with an infrared camera. If potential problem areas are found, a recommendation for an  invasive inspection to examine affected building materials could ensue.

Drone Inspection

Drones are one of the most useful inspection tools. An FAA certified drone pilot can guarantee a roof inspection despite height, pitch, type, or condition. Inspectors can even equip their drones with an infrared camera to do a thermal scan of the roof, which is very beneficial if concerned about moisture issues.

On larger parcels of land an inspector can provide aerial footage, provide a look at to the conditions of surrounding vegetation and identify high fire risk areas.

Brock is currently working to obtain his FAA certification to use drones for the  client's inspection.

Mold Test/Evaluation

Minnesota has a very humid climate. Therefore if structural or mechanical failures cause a moisture leak, the problem will be amplified by the climate. Therefore it is very important to fix any and all leaks immediately, because an active leak in a humid climate will grow mold on just about any surface.

PAD does not offer mold inspections/sample testing at this time. However, looking for and spotting visible mold/discolorations/bio growth on accessible surfaces is part of the inspection reporting process. 

Sewer Line Scope

Sewer line inspections are best left to plumbing professionals. Toilets may need to be removed and reinstalled. Access may have to be improvised in number of ways that are best left to licensed plumbers. Effectively analyzing the imagery as the camera snakes further down the pipe takes a great deal of training and practice as well.

PAD Inspections will gladly schedule a sewer line scope with a licensed plumber, on the client's behalf, for the same date and time frame as the home inspection, upon client request.