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Choosing the Right Property Inspection Company in Minneapolis

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So, you think you’ve finally found it; your future home or property, located in that perfect neighborhood. Of course you know you must first have it inspected before you completely fall in love with it. After all, you don’t want to end up buying a money pit. A host of problems could be lurking beneath the surface, so it’s important to find a property inspection company in Minneapolis you can trust. Look no further than Amerispec Home Inspection Service! We perform hundreds of home inspections each month and have the knowledge and expertise to know exactly what to look for.

As a step in the home or property buying process, you will generally be encouraged to have an inspection. And, not every property inspection company is created equal. Some simply do not take the same care that other companies do. It is important you choose a property inspection company that goes into great detail during their inspection. So, we have come up with some suggestions on things you can look out for when choosing your property inspection company.

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Transparency

Never choose a property inspection company who does not encourage you to attend the actual inspection. You will have no greater opportunity to learn all that there is to know about any issue in the property you are interested in. A decent property inspection company will take you along—a great inspection company will take you through the entire process, explaining everything along the way.

History & Reputation

Older usually equals experience and wisdom when it comes to landing the right inspector. Amerispec has been in business for decades, having performed over 60,000 inspections and all of our inspectors have over 14 years experience in the field.

Customer testimonials are also a great place to look to find out what other people are saying about the company.

Type of Inspection Report Offered

Many inspectors will yield a report within 24 hours. If you like, ask to see samples of their previous home inspection reports. Lastly, you will have to consider their fees and their schedule.

Background

A top-ranked property inspection company will have years of experience in the industry and know the many ins and outs of home inspection.

Are you interested in learning more about our property inspection company in Minneapolis? Call AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110, or you can Contact Us.

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Reducing Buyer’s Remorse with a Thorough Home Inspection

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Buyer’s remorse [bahy-erz ri-mawrs]: noun: The sense of deep, painful regret after having made an unwise purchase, most commonly associated with home buying.

Buying a new home is an exciting time; you get to experience a new neighborhood, meet new friends and enjoy new surroundings. So, the last thing you want to experience is buyer’s remorse. It can completely ruin the experience! Luckily, our home inspection company in Eden Prairie, AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service, is here to help you achieve buyer’s rejoice!

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It is important to make an informed decision about whether or not to buy a particular home. That’s why our detail-oriented team is here to explain the many things to look for when buying a new home. It is important you choose a thorough home inspection company in order to catch any potential problems. At AmeriSpec, we provide a 400 point evaluation of your potential home and present you with our findings to help you understand its current condition.

In addition to avoiding buyer’s remorse, the key benefits to hiring a home inspection company include:

  • Revealing necessary repairs and costs prior to buying
  • Reducing the likelihood of unwanted ‘surprises’
  • Gain a familiarization with the operations and maintenance of major systems and components of your new home
  • Learn valuable details and important aspects related to your new home
  • Get reassurance that you’re making a sound buying decision

We know it can be nerve-racking to find major defects with a property you’ve just purchased so we want to make sure you get all the information you need. What kind of problems does a home inspection company encounter the most?  As experts in the field, we have provided a brief rundown of the most common problems areas that can cause buyer’s remorse:

  • A faulty foundation
  • Roof issues
  • Outdated, leaky doors and windows
  • Plumbing and electrical problems
  • Inefficient, malfunctioning appliances
  • Structural problems including exterior and interior walls

A quick glance at these areas cannot provide you with information you need in order to assess their condition. Only the experts can tell you that! The next time you are ready to buy a new home, avoid buyer’s remorse and cutout the guessing game with a professional home inspection company.

Ready to learn more about our home inspection company in Eden Prairie? Call AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services today at 952-854-5110 or Contact Us.

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National Radon Action Month: The Importance of Radon Testing

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January is National Radon Action Month. This very important yearly event is a great reminder of the importance of testing your home for radon. Radon is a health hazard, but it has a simple solution. Have you yet to perform radon testing on your Wayzata home? Call the experts at Ameripec Home Inspection Service and one of our experts can come to your home and perform a radon test. Until then, here is a helpful map of local radon zones and additional information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With radon being such an important issue, we would like to provide you with some need-to-know information on radon and radon testing to help keep you and your family safe.

What is Radon?

Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. And, you may not even know you are being exposed to it. The only way to know for sure if radon is a problem is by having professional radon testing.

How Common is Radon?

Every home has radon in it. But, there is a certain level of radon that the EPA advises as the “action level” or level when you should take action against it. The “action level” is 4.0 pCi/L. However, readings below 4.0 are still harmful. The World Health Organization recommends that any home with a reading between 2.7 pCi/l and 3.9 pCi/l should be tested again with a long-term test, typically lasting three months to a year.

How do I Get Accurate Radon Testing?

It is very important to hire a professional home inspection service like Amerispec to perform radon testing for you. There are very strict EPA protocols that require extremely accurate testing. And, when you hire a professional to perform your radon testing, you ensure these guidelines are met. Although there are at-home tests, Amerispec’s professional equipment is far superior to these. We use continuous read monitors (CRMs) to provide hourly read-outs of temperature, pressure and humidity as well as radon so we can see how those environmental factors may be effecting the radon average. And, our radon testing services are 100% unbiased, so you can rest easy knowing the results are totally impartial.

How Do You Reduce Radon Levels?

Once the high level of radon has been confirmed through radon testing, some type of radon mitigation system should be installed. And, there are many companies who specialize in these important systems, so finding one should be easy. And, our experts are here to help whenever needed.

My Neighbor’s Home Was Fine, Doesn’t that Mean Mine Should be too?

This is a very common misconception. Just because your neighbor has had radon testing done on their home, this doesn’t mean your home will have the same levels. Every home is different. Since radon levels vary, the only real way to know for sure is by having your own radon testing done.

Ready to learn more about radon testing in Wayzata? Call AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110, or Contact Us today!

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The Tiniest of Wall Exposures Openly Invites Radon Into Your Home

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This post was guest written by Titus Contracting.

When you get your  lower level renovated, be absolutely sure  you have radon testing conducted. If the test yields a radon positive result, you can take simple steps to alleviate radon from within your home. Radon is present  virtually everywhere across the world, so your lower level is quite likely harboring at least a small level of this silent killer.

With radon as a legitimate concern, you should consider having a professional conduct testing and  take action based on those results. There are some fixes you can do on your own, however there are many great techniques that can be easily integrated into your renovation.  One solution your contractor may use to preventing radon from entering your home is applying a sealant to any open or exposed cracks and fissures before putting up drywall in your lower level.

If radon is an issue in your home, another solution that can be integrated into your lower level remodel, is a ventilation system. This involves digging a trench in your lower level and inserting a venting pipe under the slab to allow radon particles to escape. A piping and fan network can also be installed behind the drywall to further ventilate any radon in your lower level.

Radon is a gas that decays into radioactive particles. These particles are  airborne, entering the typical home through gaps at beams and connection points, as well as cracks and fissures in unfinished basement walls. This fissures allow for something of a constant bombardment from radon to the average home owner and their family. Radon entering your home via lower level gaps, can also seep up into upper   levels of the home, and can ultimately cause harm to you and your family..

Radon particles damage lung tissue, and can potentially cause lung cancer. This is why it is important to test for radon in your home and take the necessary steps to solve any radon issues you may have.

The risks are indeed real. When you choose to remodel  your home, chances are  you and your family plan on staying there for a while.Nip radon in the bud now through testing and removal.

Titus Contracting handles remodeling, renovation and additions for business and home owners alike.

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Home Appraisal vs. Home Inspection

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In the oft-muddy world of new home purchases, the would-be homebuyer is frequently found in the position of having unanswered questions regarding certain parts of the whole process. These questions, depending on whom you ask, will often yield a multitude of different answers which can cloud things even further. One aspect of the pursuit of a new home purchase that is pretty straightforward and easy to explain is the difference between a home appraisal and a home inspection on a Chanhassen or local home.

People operate under the errant assumption that a home inspection and a home appraisal are one and the same, or, just get the two mixed up. Similarities do exist, but the content and the end result of each cater to different audiences with different roles in the process.

The comparable aspects of a home inspection and a home appraisal are that both must be conducted objectively, impartially and independently. An obvious and ultra-important focus on the details of the home in question are wholly necessary.

Below, you will find the differences between home inspections and home appraisals. Do not hesitate to call AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service if you find yourself in need with your looming new home purchase.

Home Appraisal

A home appraiser, and therefore the home appraisal, work on behalf of the lender(s), thus, it is interests of the lender that will be at the fore of the appraisal. The would-be home buyer will likely not have a say in who the appraiser is.

In all likelihood, the buyer will not be invited to attend the home appraisal. Unless requested by the buyer, and even then sometimes not, a copy of the appraisal may not be provided. The home appraisal essentially compares the house and property to the other ones found nearby within the neighborhood. Should this home be in better overall shape than those houses, it will probably be appraised at a higher value. The appraiser conducts a good bit of research into the homes in the area to ensure an accurate appraisal. The report generated by the appraisal will likely include some level of information on the other homes utilized as comparison points. The lender reaps the benefits of the home appraisal by helping set a price point and generating revenue in the form of the interest off of that appraisal inspired purchase price.

Home Inspector

A home inspection enlightens the potential home buyer about the home they are interested in buying. It serves as a guide by which the home buyer can make an informed decision. A new home purchase likely qualifies as the biggest investment any individual or family makes in their life to that point. A home inspector works on behalf of the buyer and will only have the buyer’s interests in mind. Should the buyer choose to buy the home, the home inspector will still get paid, so the home inspector does not have a financial interest in whether or not the home is sold.

The would-be homebuyer is invited to attend all home inspections. A home inspection covers only the house and the property, not getting into other homes in the neighborhood for comparison purposes. It is all about the home in question and the interests of the homebuyer.

Are you interested in hiring a home inspector in Chanhassen? Call AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110 or Contact Us.

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AmeriSpec Achieves Platinum Circle Status

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We are excited to announce that our franchise has achieved Platinum Circle status with AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service. This status is reached when the business has an annual gross revenue over $1 million. This is a great achievement that shows the hard work of all our employees and staff members.

The award was given at the 2016 AmeriSpec Convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 15-18. Below are some pictures from the event with our owners John & Barbara Kaiser accepting the award. You can tell they were having a fun time too!

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New Orleans – location of the 2016 AmeriSpec Convention

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John and Barbara Kaiser receiving the award from Gale Colvin (Director of Technical Training & Development, AmeriSpec) and Rob Skinner (Sr. Director, AmeriSpec North America).

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Having some fun and celebrating!

John and Barbara Kaiser with AmeriSpec

John and Barbara Kaiser

We are proud to be a leading franchise for AmeriSpec. We believe this is due to the hard work and dedication of our owners as well as each employee doing their part to serve our clients and provide quality home inspections. We look forward to continuing to serve the Twin Cities area with our home inspection services.

For more information about our home inspection company, give us a call at 952-854-5110 or Contact Us.

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Myths That Validate Radon Testing

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Radon is a silent and invisible killer. It is a gas that decays into radioactive particles that unfurl energy releases that get lodged within your lungs as you continue to breathe. The unleashed energy does damage to lung tissue, potentially causing lung cancer during your lifetime.

At Amerispec Home Inspection, radon is taken very seriously. We feel it is a very important service option that we provide. Any potential home buyer or current owner should have the insight as to whether radon is looming within a home. Once aware, steps can be taken to try to remove the radon and/or diminish it. Call us if you are looking for radon testing at your Minnetonka or nearby home.

Radon Testing

Radon being a widely misunderstood air born carcinogen, we feel it necessary to debunk a number of myths associated with it. See below:

Myth—Radon is not a problem.

  • Fact—Many oncologists and/or scientists in general disagree with the tally of deaths attributable to radon. Every major governmental health outfit (American Lung Association, American Medical Association and Center for Disease Control and Prevention) feels secure in their approximations that radon causes thousands of otherwise avoidable lung cancer deaths every year. These numbers ring especially true among smokers as they already put themselves at risk for lung issues.

MythMy neighbor just tested their house for radon, they got a clean bill. Doesn’t that mean my house right next door should be ok?

  • Fact—One cannot go off of a neighbor’s radon testing results as a means of dismissing its presence in their own home as great variances can occur within just a few square feet. The only way to be sure is to have your home undergo radon testing.

MythRadon presence cannot be fixed.

  • Fact—Many solutions to radon issues exist. Many houses can be fixed for roughly the same cost as standard home repair work.

MythIt’s out there now that radon is in my home. It will be impossible to sell it.

  • Fact—Once you know whether or not radon runs rampant in your home, you can do something about it. If you fix or remove the radon issues in your home, selling it will not be any more difficult than it otherwise would be.

 When you need radon testing in Minnetonka and/or surrounding areas, call AmeriSpec at 952-854-5110 or Contact Us.

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Concerns Sought Out During a Home Inspection

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The home of your dreams is within sight. Your St Paul area home inspection appointment is set. What exactly will be covered during this home inspection? What exactly do home inspectors look for? What are particular issues they focus on in any or all home inspections? At Amerispec Home Inspection Service, we like to keep those who utilize our services well informed on the details. See below for a general list of issues common to homes and a general idea of what a home inspection covers.

  • Appliances—How old and in what condition are the appliances in? Will any of them need to be repaired or require replacement?
  • Basement/Lower Level—Is the lower level damp? If so, is there mold? Is the basement properly insulated where needed?
  • Electrical (Wiring)—Bad or aged wiring can be a huge annoyance to get repaired.  In worst case scenarios, fires can erupt as a result. Should the home inspection yield bad wiring information, call in an electrician to assess the sate of things and estimate a cost of repair, if need be.
  • HVAC—Are there any blatant or glaring problems with these important systems? Noises? Turn the heat on, do the same with the AC. Do both work (please note AC can only be tested if 65 degrees or warmer outside)?
  • Exterior—A home inspection will look at the house’s exterior, particularly seeking out the condition of gutters and downspouts. They will be checked to see if they are properly attached and that water drains as it should. Does the home need a paint job?
  • Foundation—The walls—from ceiling to floor base, will be eyed thoroughly to seek out shifting or cracks in the foundation. Perhaps some tree roots have invaded the home? A crumbling foundation is not a good thing and the cost of repair will be very high.
  • Leaks—Are there leaks coming in through the roof, windows or ceilings? Any atypical leakages occurring within the home via the outside?
  • Odors—Are there any strange smells in the house? What are the causes of the stinkiness? Can they be remedied with ease?
  • Plumbing—Many potential problems lie within this realm—from poor drainage to ill-functioning sewer lines. Poor drainage and plumbing can lead to wet lower levels and/or crawl spaces, wood rot and mold growth.
  • Roof—The roof’s condition will be assessed. Is it in good shape or does it need some work? Are there any low-hanging tree branches that could cause problems in the future or are currently causing problems?
  • Water drainage—Is water draining away from the house? Home inspections will take a close look to see if there are any obviously soggy areas around the house.

When you need one of the best in home inspections in St Paul, call AmeriSpec at 952-854-5110 or Contact Us.

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Finding the Right Home Inspector

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Your future home, located in that perfect neighborhood could merely be a shell for a myriad host of problems and issues hiding just below the surface. You do not want to buy a money pit. By hiring the right home inspector for the job, you are taking the proper steps to make sure that you do not end up in a compromised position. If you are seeking out a professional and highly sought after home inspector company near Chanhassen, look no further than Amerispec Home Inspection Service—performers of over 350 home inspections (and 194 radon tests!) in April 2016—record numbers!

As part of the home-buying process you  are generally required to get a home inspection per the terms of most mortgages. Some home inspectors do not take the care that others do, some are simply not so thorough in the level of detail which they seek. Don’t just hop online and go with the best looking logo, truly look around—your potential home is a huge investment, after all.

Some suggestions on things you can ask your prospective home inspector prior to choosing:

  1. What is your professional background?

A top-ranked home inspector will have experience in the building industry/construction. Veterans such as these will have spent valuable time learning directly during many builds and have at the very least a general understanding of the basics of local building codes. If you are debating the purchase of an older home, veterans of the trade will be aware of common problems existing in homes past a certain age.

  1. Just how much experience do you have?

Older usually equals wiser when it comes to landing the right home inspector. You can go with younger home inspector who has a background in construction or standard home repair. If a youngster in the field lacks on-site experience but has undergone an extensive regiment of training, they may just be worth a shot.

  1. What all will you be taking a look at?

A home inspector will not spot hidden mold or piping problems. The home inspection will gain an overall perspective the visible aspects—attic, lower level, roof, water heater, furnace and electrical box. Your home inspector should have the know-how to inform you on whether or not the systems are safe or if you would need to start saving for repairs.

  1. Can I attend the inspection?

Never choose a home inspector who does not encourage you to attend the home inspection—you will have no greater an opportunity to learn all there is to know about any issue in the home you are interested in. A decent home inspector will take you along—a great home inspector will take you through the entire inspection, explaining everything along the way.

  1. What kind of inspection report do you offer?

Many inspectors will yield a report within 24 hours. Ask if seeing samples of their previous home inspection reports are an option. Lastly, you will have to consider their fees and their schedule.

Are you interested in learning more about a home inspector near Chanhassen or any of the surrounding towns? Call us at AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110, or you can Contact Us.

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The Discovery of Lower Level Water During a Home Inspection

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A very common problem that arises for home owners is water in the lower level. While structural damage involving water leakage in the cellar is rare, a bevy of other annoyances can pop up as a result, depending on the amount and consistency. Interior finishes, appliances, items stored within all face the damaging effects of unwelcome water. Mold, mildew and the lack of ample air escape opportunity can be burdensome for those with allergies.

A home inspection service does its due diligence when inspecting a home’s lower level. Often, a lower level’s true water leakage potential is hidden during an inspection for a number of different reasons—signs of where water leaks in may be seen but the true breadth of flow and damage potential can remain hidden, under wraps until the new home owner moves in to experience it themselves.

Your home inspection service will look for these hints of past or recent water in the lower level:

  • Dampness
  • Staining Around Floor Cracks
  • Efflorescence
  • Mold/Mildew
  • Rust Stains
  • Stained/Darkened Wood
  • Water Bugs

If you move into a home and come upon the rude awakening of a lower level flood, you do have some options as far as repair. Filling the cracks where water enters, sealants for smaller leaks or overall wall coverage. If the walls are gushers, your best option may just be as much preventive maintenance as is possible, with a couple of doses of precaution. Always run a dehumidifier, wrap any pipes that leak with insulation. These are passive options that can make a difference in air quality and the ability to tolerate being in the lower level.

If you are thinking about purchasing a home with a lower level, be sure to seek out a respected and experienced Eden Prairie Home Inspection Service like Amerispec.

Are you interested in learning more about our home inspection service work in Eden Prairie or any of the surrounding areas? Contact us or call us at AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110, or you can Contact Us. 

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