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Professional Home Inspections in Fargo/Moorhead
Buying or selling a home is serious business, and you want to go into it with your eyes wide open. Whether it’s a recently built suburban residence or a fixer-upper in the historic district, understanding a home’s condition is very important to sound decision making and to your ultimate peace of mind. The goal of the home inspection is to identify any major problems or impending repairs which may have a major, negative impact on the value of the property you are considering selling or purchasing. Ryan Dietz, certified professional home inspector at A-Team Inspections, LLC, of Fargo, ND, is prompt, courteous, thorough, and proudly independent. Ryan passed the National Home Inspector Examination; A-Team Inspections follows the guidelines of the American Society of Home Inspections and is a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Associations of Realtors.
A-Team will provide a thorough, quality examination of a property and a professional, customer-friendly report on:
The Structure and Operating Components
These are the “bones” of a home. They can be made of wood, concrete or steel, and would include things like foundations, basements, ceilings, trusses, joists, I-beams and floors. These components are susceptible to water or insect damage, which can affect the integrity of the entire structure. Poor construction techniques may also leave a home vulnerable to weather damage and structural failure. Over time, these situations can result in sagging roofs or floors, cracked or crumbling foundations and more. An A-Team inspection will uncover these problems and pinpoint situations that may lead to them. Contact our office to set up an appointment.
Ventilation and Insulation
How well a home is ventilated and insulated will affect heating and cooling costs, as well as moisture control. Without proper insulation, heated or cooled air will escape to the outside. Without proper ventilation, including attic fans/vents, and bathroom/kitchen fans, condensation will occur and moisture will become trapped inside the home, resulting in mold, mildew, and possibly the buildup of toxic gases from your water heater or furnace. Ryan at A-Team Inspections will thoroughly inspect your home’s ventilation and insulation system and make an assessment of any existing issues in his easy-to-read report. Call or email us today for more information.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Heating and air conditioning systems are central to a functioning home, not to mention expensive to replace. These systems include a home’s furnace, heat pump, radiators, air conditioning unit, boiler and duct work. Contact Ryan Dietz, at A-Team Inspections, to provide you with an honest assessment on how well a home’s heating and cooling systems are working, as well as how clean and well maintained they appear to be.
Fireplaces and Chimneys
For the safety of everyone involved, both home buyers and home sellers will want their fireplace/chimney inspected. A-Team Inspections will be certain the damper is properly working to avoid smoke backup in the home, as well as look for telltale signs a malfunctioning system, such as smoke stains in the area around the fireplace. Dirty brickwork in the fireplace may indicate the need for a chimney cleaning, and loose or crumbling brick could point toward a potential fire hazard. Call us today for more information on a home fireplace or chimney inspection.
Roofing materials come in a variety of options, including rubber, asphalt shingles, shakes and steel panels. Your home’s roofing system also includes such things as adhesives, fasteners and flashing. When properly installed and maintained, a roof will protect the inside of your home from the elements for years to come. Damaged, worn, or improperly installed roofing systems can lead to structural damage and/or mold buildup in your home. At A-Team Inspections, we know how to spot a sound roofing system and how to identify problems before they become catastrophes. Contact us today for your home inspection appointment.
Landscape and Drainage
Poor drainage caused by improper landscape installation or grading can lead to water collection in crawl spaces or around a home’s foundation. Musty odors, lingering damp spots, puddles and eroding soil can lead to expensive repairs. A-1 Inspections will thoroughly inspect your home’s landscaping, sprinkler system, patio, deck, paved surfaces, bare soil, slope of the yard, and/or lack of vegetation to determine how well water will drain away from your home’s foundation. Don’t wait another minute; make an appointment for your home inspection today.
Electrical and Protection Devices
There is plenty to go wrong with a poorly designed or installed electrical or protection system, including a fire inside the walls of your home. From the meter to the outlets, including the breaker box, fault circuit interrupters and the wiring itself, A-Team Inspections will assess the age, state and soundness of your electrical system and protection devices, and make suggestions for upgrades and repairs. Contact us today to set up an appointment.
Plumbing and Distribution
A home’s plumbing and distribution systems are also crucial elements to comfortable living. The pipes, drains and valves that connect your home to its sewer system are typically made of brass, copper, or PVC. A sound plumbing system should have no leaks or drips from the sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, dishwasher, washing machine or water heater to the sewer itself. Leaking water can cause major problems in cabinetry, drywall, flooring and subfloors. A-Team will make certain your home’s plumbing and distribution system is well-insulated and in good condition, plus determine if lead pipes are installed in older homes. Contact us today for more information.
Radon Inspections-NEHA Certification #103912 RT
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas which seeps out of the ground and into homes through the basement, and is known to cause cancer, especially in smokers. North Dakota and Western Minnesota are considered Zone 1 areas, which means they generally have a higher likelihood of elevated radon levels; nearly half of all homes in this region are thought to have dangerous levels of radon. The EPA suggests having your home tested for radon every 2-5 years. Ryan Dietz, at A-Team Inspections, LLC, will test your home’s radon activity and provide you with a thorough report of his findings. Contact us today to set up a radon inspection for the safety of your family.
Please take a look at this example report so you can see what you can expect when you work with Ryan at A-Team Inspections. All inspections are unique and may vary slightly from this sample report so always let Ryan know your concerns!
Whether you’re buying or selling a home, We’ll Look Before You Leap! Contact A-Team Inspections, LLC for more information or to schedule a Professional Home Inspection today. Our normal business hours are Monday-Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM, or as otherwise needed by appointment.