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A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and mechanical systems of a home. The inspector is inspecting everything he/she can physically access and see, at the time of the inspection. The inspection starts with the exterior, from the foundation up to the roof surface, on the interior, from the attic down to the basement. The inspector will inspect and operate all plumbing, electrical and heating systems and built in appliances staying with the home. We meet or exceed the Massachusetts’ Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics set forth in 266 CMR.
A professional inspection by the Building Inspector of America will prove to be the best money you’ll spend during the home buying process.
Wood Destroying Insect Inspections
The Building Inspector of America offers wood destroying insect inspection services (more commonly referred to as “termite” or “pest” inspections) for both residential and commercial properties. Beyond subterranean termites, we look for any type of wood destroying insects that can potentially damage the structure of the house/building including carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and carpenter bees.
During a wood destroying insect inspection, our inspectors check the exterior and interior of the structure for visible signs of current or previous wood destroying insect infestation and/or any related damage. Beyond reporting activity, our inspectors will look for conditions which may be conducive to attracting wood destroying insects to your property and give you pointers on remedying those conditions. This inspection is performed to the National Pest Management Association’s standards and utilizes their Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report (WDIIR) Form NPMA-33. Note: This form is accepted by all banks and leading institutions in the country.
Radon is an invisible gas that is present in all structures. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined highly concentrated levels of radon gas may be potentially harmful (carcinogen) to the occupants and recommends everyone test their living environments. The Building Inspector of America offers a radon air quality test for both residential and commercial clients.
Our inspectors set up two small activated charcoal canisters to collect air samples on the two lowest levels on the interior of the structure. After 48 to 96 hours of undisturbed exposure, the canisters are collected and forwarded to a professional, independent EPA approved laboratory for analysis.
Our inspectors are responsible for setting up the radon canisters only. The canisters need to be left undisturbed for a minimum of 48 hours, then their caps replaced, the information sheet completed and the canisters and information sheet placed in the mailing box, the box secured and dropped in the mail. The results mailed (emailed) to you.