A thorough Home Inspection can help you buy or sell your home with confidence. As trained and experienced professionals, we have seen a lot, and we’ll provide invaluable information to help turn you into a knowledgeable consumer. A knowledgeable homeowner can identify problems in the making and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. A knowledgeable home seller can understand conditions that a future buyer’s inspector may point out and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs. Our inspection services include:
In both new and older homes, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have us give you a professional Home Inspection. We are trained to identify problem areas, both small and large, that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify which require immediate attention. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
Whether you are selling your home on your own or working with a realtor, it’s always prudent to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses: we help you answer how serious the problems are and which should be addressed immediately and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. Generally, during this period of time, the buyer develops a “punch list” of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. It is prudent to obtain our home inspectors list of items that will most likely be repaired by your builder at no cost to you. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grew into something that could cost you a great deal down the road.
In addition to your Home Inspection, Home Quest can also provide you with some optional but recommended environmental testing.
See our Environmental Issues page for more information.
Radon: The EPA recommends testing for Radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. A high level of Radon can be a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations. See Radon FAQ.
Termites or other wood-destroying organisms: These pests can cause serious damage to wooden structures. See Termite Facts.
Water Quality testing: Water contaminants (public or well water): Drinking water, especially well water, may contain several contaminants, some of which are hazardous, and some not. Nevertheless, even when the water supply appears safe, problems can be present. We always recommend testing well water for bacteria, Physical & Inorganic Chemicals, and Radon.
Our testing will test for: Bacteria, pH, Turbidity, Color, Odor, Chloride, Nitrite Nitrogen, Nitrate Nitrogen, Sulfate, Calcium, Magnesium, Hardness, Sodium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Fluoride, Radon, Lead, Arsenic and uranium.
While the water bundle is a collection of the most common well water testing recommended by the State of Connecticut, other water testing is available with advanced notice. These tests would include:
- Metals: Barium, Silver, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, Selenium
- Volatile Organic Compounds
- Home Quest will collect the water samples as needed. The water samples are analyzed by an independent certified testing laboratory.