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Home Inspections without the HYPE!

Countywide’s family background has been in Building Restoration for the Insurance Companies for over 40 years. We have repaired/restored/rebuilt after major catastrophe’s only. No seminar can give you that education! Give us a call after you called the rest. You will understand the difference. WE DON’T MAKE MOUNTAINS OUT OF MOLE HILLS!

Every inspection is unique depending on the age and condition of the dwelling. Our job is to give you more than enough information, in laymen’s terms, about your future investment so you can make an educated decision. Below is just a small idea of what is involved. Our background is in Building Restoration, Insurance Appraising, and Insurance Adjusting after major catastrophes for over 35 years!

Below is just a sample we touch on…..

Roof: roof covering (shingles, tiles, etc.), flashing and sealing materials, skylights, chimneys, roof penetrations, ventilation, guttering, leaks, wood rot, age, etc.
Structural: roof framing and sheathing, wall and floor structures, foundations attached structures (porches, decks, etc.)
Exterior and grounds: siding and trim, soffit and fascia, flashing, windows & doors, driveways and entrance walkways, grading of the ground around the house, etc.
Electrical: service equipment, general circuit wiring, distribution panels, disconnect panels, light fixtures, ceiling fans, switches & receptacle outlets, GFCI and AFCI breakers, etc.
Heat & A/C: air conditioning and heat pump equipment, electrical supply, air handler and furnace equipment, condenser and evaporator coils, condensate drain, supply and return ducting, etc.
Plumbing: water heater, water supply piping,  waste and vent piping, fixtures, toilets, sinks, showers and tubs, etc.
Appliances: oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, range, vent hood, microwave, etc
Garage: floor, walls, ceilings, vehicle doors and automatic door openers, etc.
Swimming pool: pool interior finish, decking, visible circulation piping, electrical, basic equipment, screen enclosure, etc.
 Lawn sprinkler system: electrical, visible piping and sprinklers, basic operation, etc.
Lawn sprinkler system: electrical, visible piping and sprinklers, basic operation, etc.

New home inspections are just as important, and often more so, than inspection of an existing older property. Significant structural deficiencies and safety concerns, along with many less significant but important and potentially costly deficiencies, are often found during new home inspections. In addition, a new house has not been lived-in, therefore more obvious problems will not have been discovered and already corrected.

Common new home issues include, for example, improper installation of roof covering materials and flashing, poorly installed, braced, or damaged roof trusses, deficient levels of attic insulation, exterior walls that are not well sealed against water intrusion, improperly installed and unsafe electrical wiring and components, deficiencies relating the plumbing water supply and waste systems, and poor grading of the ground around the building for effective water run-off.
A final inspection should take place at the point the home is ready to be lived in; an occupancy permit has been issued, all utilities are activated, and equipment is ready for operation. This is typically around the time that builders perform a “final walk-through” evaluation with the home buyer. Our new home inspection can be performed concurrently with the “walk-through” inspection. Note: certain builders require that the home inspection be performed at a certain time; specifically before, along with, or after the final “walk-through” inspection.