Services

Buyer’s Inspection

Buying a home is one of the largest single investments you will make in your lifetime. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected expenses, you need an objective, unbiased and detailed examination of the physical structure and systems of the house, from the roof to the foundation.

With a buyer’s inspection from Sound Structure Home Inspections, not only will you be aware of the home’s potential defects, you also will have the knowledge to care for the home if you choose to purchase it. Our extensive inspection process along with our thorough inspection reports are what set us apart from competitors.

The inspection takes between 2-3 hours* on average, depending on the square footage, age, and complexity of the property. Reports are delivered within 24 – 36 hours* and include digital photos to help you understand the nature and general location of potential defects.

Also included in the cost of every home inspection are a Thermal Imaging Scan and Gas Leak Detection. If your home has its own well water system, or if you would like the extra assurance of knowing your home’s water and plumbing system are safe from toxins and contamination, you can also request Water Quality Testing to be done at the same time, for an additional charge.

The team at Sound Structure makes the educational component as important as the inspection itself, so you can be confident that you will have the knowledge moving forward to make an informed decision.

*Because of their scope, Multi-family & Commercial Inspections require more time.

Pre-listing Inspection

Pre-Listing Inspections, also known as Seller’s inspections, are conducted before the home is placed on the market. If you are thinking about selling your home, consider a Pre-Listing Inspection. This is an effective way to prepare your home for the real estate market, helping you to better assess your home’s value.

By identifying necessary repairs before you place your home on the market, you have the opportunity to amend them without delaying sensitive contract closures. Should you opt not to do the suggested home repairs, documentation of your inspection could expedite contract closures by eliminating possible repair addendums.  Also included in every Pre-listing Inspection are a Thermal Imaging Scan and Gas Leak Detection at no additional cost.

The inspection takes between 2-3 hours* on average, depending on the square footage, age, and complexity of the property.  Reports are delivered within 24 – 36 hours* and include digital photos to help you understand the nature and general location of potential defects.

The team at Sound Structure makes the educational component as important as the inspection itself, so you can be confident that you will have the knowledge and support to prepare your home for listing.

*Because of their scope, Multi-family & Commercial Inspections require more time.

Home Maintenance Inspection

Home Maintenance Inspections are usually performed once per year to ensure the integrity of a home’s systems and structure. Your home is one of the largest single investments you will make in your lifetime. To protect the value of your investment and minimize unexpected expenses, you need to be aware of your home’s maintenance needs through an objective, detailed examination of the physical structure and systems of the house.

With a maintenance inspection from Sound Structure Home Inspections, you will be aware of problems in the making along with preventive measures that will help you care for your home and might help you avoid costly repairs in the future. The inspection itself is as thorough as a Buyers Inspection and includes the same high-quality report after the inspection concludes. Home Maintenance Inspections are especially recommended after your home has endured inclement weather such as strong winds, excessive rain, extended periods of drought, unusual freezing, or snow conditions.

The inspection takes between 2-3 hours on average, depending on the square footage, age, and complexity of the property. Reports are delivered within 24 – 36 hours* and include digital photos to help you understand the nature and general location of potential defects. Also included in the cost of every Home Maintenance Inspection are a Thermal Imaging Scan and Gas Leak Detection.

The team at Sound Structure makes the educational component as important as the inspection itself, so you can be confident that you will have the knowledge and support to maintain the integrity of your home.

New Home 1 Year Warranty Inspection

A New Home 1 Year Warranty Inspection is an inspection performed prior to your 1-year builder home warranty expiring. If you never had a New Construction inspection prior to move in, there may be many errors made by your builder that are still undetected; if some issues were noted prior to move in and supposedly corrected, this is also a good time to make sure that all of the fixes were properly taken care of and the house is still functioning as it should be. Ultimately, this is your last chance to compile a complete list of items that need repair and hold the builder accountable for fixing them.

The inspection itself is as thorough as a Buyers Inspection and includes the same high-quality report after the inspection concludes. The inspection takes between 2-3 hours on average, depending on the square footage, age, and complexity of the property. Reports are delivered within 24 – 36 hours and include digital photos to help you understand the nature and general location of potential defects.

Also included in the cost of every New Home 1 Year Warranty Inspection are a Thermal Imaging Scan and Gas Leak Detection.

The team at Sound Structure makes the educational component as important as the inspection itself, so you can be confident that you will have the knowledge and support to ensure you take full-advantage of the warranty’s benefits which can save you from paying out-of-pocket for repairs that may otherwise have been the fault of the builder or OEM manufacturer.

Home Repair Verification

Home repairs can be expensive and technical in nature. To ensure that yours have been completed professionally and are up to current standards, look to us to verify the integrity of the work completed.

The repair inspection will focus on the specified repair to the home. An inspection report will be provided within 24-36 hours that includes digital photos and summary of findings.

We will be available afterwards if you have any questions.

Single Component Verification

If you’ve ever wondered what that noise is in your attic, the condition of your roof, or what you might find underneath your home a component inspection is a great way to get an unbiased opinion of the status and condition of those components.

A component inspection focuses on one area of your home and provides an inspection report within 24-36 hours that includes digital photos and summary of findings. We will be available afterwards if you have any additional questions.

Water Quality Testing

If your home has its own well water system, or if you would like the extra assurance of knowing your home’s water and plumbing system are safe from toxins and contamination, you can request a Water Quality Test be performed along with your Home Inspection for an additional charge or as a standalone service.

Either way, testing is vital in determining whether the water in your home is of good quality. Most contaminants are colorless and odorless, including arsenic, lead, and biological pathogens. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends routine testing for common contaminants such as dissolved solids, bacteria, pH balance, nitrates, and more.

Properly constructed and maintained water wells can provide many years of trouble-free service, but wells can eventually deteriorate or become damaged and allow surface contaminants to enter the water. In addition, some groundwater can contain one or more chemical substances in levels above health-based standards. If you have a private well regular testing is your responsibility.

For a nominal fee we will collect a water sample from your home and send out for laboratory testing with results provided to you.

Thermal Imaging Inspection

We include thermal imaging of specific areas in all of our Sound Structure Home Inspection packages — at no additional charge. Why? Because we believe in utilizing the most advanced technology to provide the best protection for homebuyers and homeowners alike.

We also offer Thermal Imaging Inspections as a standalone service at a reduced rate for property owners with specific concerns, such as air or water leaks, flat roofs (which can cause moisture issues), or hot or cold spots in the home or a commercial building. This is a limited inspection that utilizes only the infrared camera to identify issues within a home or commercial building’s systems or structure.

With Thermal Imaging we can capture more information than is visible to the human eye. An infrared scan can often identify issues that are not visible with the naked eye. The infrared camera “sees” wavelengths of light that human eyes cannot. These wavelengths are converted to a visible spectrum and displayed on the camera’s screen and within photos it produces.

Issues commonly found include heat loss with heating systems and insulation gaps, cooling problems with gaps in duct-work, radiant floor heating malfunctions, moisture problems in ceilings and walls, pest infestations, and electrical issues such as overloaded circuits, overheated equipment and electrical faults.

At the end of your inspection, we’ll review our findings with you and answer any questions you may have. An inspection report will also be provided within 24-36 hours and includes digital photos taken during the inspection to help you understand the nature and general location of potential defects.