Residential Home Inspection
A Compass Residential Home Inspection is designed to provide our client with a professional, non-invasive inspection of the visible and accessible components and systems of the home. We will provide a full color, detailed report on those systems and any recommendations prompted by what we observed during the inspection. We adhere to the State of Indiana and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors Standards of Practices and Codes of Ethics, so you can be sure you receive a quality Home Inspection. And for your peace of mind, we back every Residential Home Inspection with the "We'll Buy Your Home Guarantee". Our Residential Home Inspections typically require 4-5 hours, depending on size, to cover all included aspects, such as:
Roof, coverings, flashings and trim
Skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations
Gutters, downspouts and roof drainage
Eaves, soffits and fascia
Attic, insulation and ventilation
Exterior grading and drainage
Exterior wall coverings and doors
Balconies, decks, porches, walkways and railings
Basement, foundation and accessible crawlspaces
Drainage sump pumps
Central heating system and components
Central cooling system and components -weather permitting
Interior plumbing system and components, including fixtures
Interior electrical system and components, including GFCI’s & AFCI’s
Interior walls, floors, doors and windows
Fireplace dampers, doors and hearth
Garage doors, safety sensors and openers
We always welcome our clients
to join us for the
Individual Component Inspections
While a full Residential Home Inspection is the best value, we understand that there are circumstances in which only one or two components require inspection. For such occasions, we offer the opportunity to schedule individual component inspections to best suit your needs:
Moisture Intrusion Inspection
Residential Plumbing Inspection
Structure & Foundation Inspection
Are you selling your home?
Have a Compass Home Inspections Certified Professional Inspector® inspect it before you even list it. Make it A Move-In Certified™ home!
A Move-In Certified™ home has been pre-inspected, which means that you can be informed of major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement, and make sure there are no known safety hazards.
You have the advantage so you can address any issues before prospective buyers discover them.
You can take the time you need to obtain reasonable repairs or estimates.
Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith.
Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and delays.
Justify your full asking price!
Annual Home Maintenance Inspection
It's so easy to get caught up in hustle and bustle of everyday life. But your home is your biggest investment and it requires seasonal and annual maintenance to keep it in optimum condition and maintain its value. This means more than just remembering to change the furnace air filter.
Even the most conscientious of homeowners can benefit from professional guidance and alerts to any deferred maintenance or other potential issues before they become problems.
Receive a detailed and comprehensive report detailing the current condition of your home.
Find those small problems before they become BIG problems.
Save money! By doing minor repairs now it can save you from the big repair in the future.
Get advance notice of items nearing the end of their service life so you can start to budget for replacement.
Have a licensed, Certified Professional Inspector examine areas of your home you may be unable to access yourself.
All our Annual Home Maintenance clients are eligible to receive our Compass Home Inspection Homeowner Maintenance book.
Radon Testing & Report
Radon is the #1 cause of Lung Cancer in non smokers.
Lung Cancer kills more than 20,000 of Americans every year. The survival rate is among the lowest. Only 11-15% will live beyond 5 years after diagnosis. Sadly, often Lung Cancer can be prevented, this is especially true for Radon.
The EPA rates Northeast Indiana in the highest risk category for Radon in the soil.
Source: EPA, AARST/NRPP, NACHI
Radon Testing is becoming a common part of real estate purchases. The EPA estimates that the average home in Northeast Indiana has a Radon level dangerous enough to fix the home. We utilize calibrated, tested and certified professional Radon Measurement Equipment over a continuous period for a minimum of 2-3 days to record and analyze Radon levels, patterns, changes & averages. Our equipment features anti-interference technology to support tamper-free results. You will receive a detailed report and recommendations for you to make the best decision for your family. Simply put, you need to know.
And, because some dangerous and inaccurate misinformation has been repeated by some real estate professionals in our area, our clients have asked us to add this important piece of information to our website:
A SLAB FOUNDATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE A LOW RADON READING! Source: EPA.gov/Radon
Termite/Wood Destroying Pest Inspection (WDI)
A Compass Termite/Wood Destroying Pest Inspection includes the visual examination of the readily accessible areas of the structures for the presence or absence of wood destroying insects. The inspection includes the probing or sounding of accessible areas, both interior and exterior. If the presence of wood destroying insects, or their damage, is observed, treatment may be recommended.
Wood destroying insects covered in
this inspection include:
Powder Post Beetles
Professional Mold Inspection & Testing
Mold Spores are everywhere. As molds grow, they digest whatever they are growing on. The damage can range from simply cosmetic to structural. The potential human health effects are a major concern as well. And, as you already know, Mold can impact your ability to sell your home.
Source: EPA, IAC2, NACHI
We have extensive, up-to-date training to perform Mold Inspections and testing in strict adherence to IAC2 and InterNachi Standards of Practice. We utilize calibrated and tested Professional Measurement equipment to obtain reliable, accurate laboratory analyses. You will receive a detailed report and recommendations for you to make the best decision for your home and family.
We offer Three services, to best suit your specific needs:
A Complete Mold Inspection includes:
-a visual examination of the accessible areas of the entire home, its systems & components
-moisture, temperature & humidity measurements
-3 Air or Direct Surface Tests included, including sampling and lab analysis*
A Limited Mold Inspection 1 includes:
-a visual examination limited to a single specific, defined area of the building (example: master bathroom)
-1 Direct Visible Surface test included, with professional sampling and lab analysis*
A Limited Mold Inspection 2 includes:
-a visual examination limited to a single specific, defined area of the building (example: laundry room)
-2 Air or Direct Surface Tests included, including sampling and lab analysis*
*Additional samples may be recommended based on the Inspection findings.
Protect your new home with an 11th Month Warranty Inspection!
Did you recently have a home built? Most builders offer a one-year warranty on a new home. Or did you purchase a home with a one-year warranty from the previous homeowner?
We’ll come out during the 11th month and perform a full home inspection before the warranty expires. Our non-invasive inspection is based on observations of the visible and apparent condition of the interior and exterior of the structure, including its major systems and components.
Following your inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report, complete with photos, that includes information on any material defects observed on the date of the inspection.
Armed with this information, you can take any necessary steps to hold your builder and his subcontractors or the warranty company to their warranties while they’re still in force.