Malcolm Godwin | Chattanooga Home Inspector
Wanna hear about us? The real story about us is just that it is US THE CREW!
We are a group of highly motivated, educated, and experienced inspection team members.
Most of the team come from some sense of construction background and list of others to include:
- Installation and oversight of NCAA college hardwood floors
- House Framing
- Cabinet Building
- Deck Construction
- Handyman services
- Tons of general remodeling
And some of us come from completely different backgrounds like:
- Department of Defense Contracting
- Insurance sells
- Animal rescue staff
- College football player
Once we started inspections we have become certified experts in so many fields such as:
- Housing envelopes
- Roof and roofing materials
- Removal of load bearing Walls
- Radon Gas
- Termite control
- Crawlspace encapsulation
- And plenty more
- Racoons living in a crawlspace and an attic
- Snakes joining us on inspections
- Every type of spider you can think of
- Car wheels and jacks holding up a house
- A broken septic tank underneath an addition of a house
- Water coming out of a hole in the garage.
Honestly this list is way too long, you’ll have to check out our other channels to see the rest
Some people wonder what it is that we do during our standard home inspection
We are committed to providing the most thorough inspection in our industry to do so here is an executive summary of what we do. Each and every inspector is equipped with all of the state of the art tools to help complete the inspection like infrared cameras (that we use on every job without up charging) high tech moisture meters, drones, and thousands of dollars of extra equipment. Our typical inspection takes about 4 hours to complete, we encourage attendance from our clients so they can see what we see through our eyes, if they are unable to attend our policy is to call them before we leave the property so we can discuss what we found verbally. Rest assured that all of our inspectors are fully licensed, insured, and undergoes constant continuing education and quality assurance to provide our best product for our customers.
Starting at the roof we are going to determine the roofing materials and the condition of the roof as well as the chimney, gutters, skylight, venting for attic and venting for plumbing. In the attic we will see and notate the framing materials, insulation materials, attic access, and any deficiencies with these items or improper venting exposed electrical wires or anything else. Inside each bedroom and interior areas we will make sure all doors, windows, lights, fans, fireplaces, etc work correctly, while also testing every electrical outlet that we can access to insure they are properly grounded. In bathrooms we run every shower, toilet, and sink to make sure all these properly operate and drain properly. We insure that the vent fan is working properly and make sure that every electrical outlet is properly GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protected. In the kitchen we will make sure the same with the electrical outlets are installed as the bathrooms and insure the sink functions properly also. We will turn on every appliance and prove that it is operating correctly with the use of infrared cameras (the dishwasher is turned on upon arrival and ran through a full cycle). We will also open all accessible cabinets in the kitchen to make sure they operate properly. In the bedrooms we are also going to make sure all the doors and windows are operating and the outlets are wired correctly.
If the house is on a slab its pretty difficult to view said slab but if the house is on a crawlspace or a basement we will inspect all of the framing members, piers, columns, and such to make sure they are installed correctly and what types of material they are made of. While at the same time we will be inspecting all the wooden subfloors, floor joists, main beams, load supports, and out band joists for decay, termite damage or any other damage. The crawlspace is where lots of problems typically show up so here we will also be looking at all the plumbing delivery and waste lines to make sure those are working and we’ll document what all these materials are made of. We also need to make sure that there is appropriate ventilation and insulation for the floors.
We always use Infrared cameras to prove the water heater is working and how old the water heater is if we can. We use the same technology to make sure that your heating and air systems work and typically we’ll be able to determine the age of the HVAC units as well and of course document if it uses gas, oil, electricity, or any other heat source. Speaking of heat source don’t worry about the fireplace either, we will test that too along with the damper and any other components of the fireplace.
Outside the house we are going to be looking at EVERYTHING, the driveway, the lots grading, power lines, yard, trees, you name it. After looking over all the things that may effect your house that is not a part of it we move on to the house itself. On the house itself we will be looking at all siding, doors, windows, trim and all and note any deficiencies. While looking at any steps or decks the safety concerns we will be looking at is not only handrails if there are more than three steps we will make sure the stair stringers are properly spaced and the treads in good condition. There is so many checkboxes when inspecting a deck like height, handrails, condition, proper footers, proper decking, proper spacing of joists, joist hangers and more.
All of the noted items above and deficiencies will be noted in your report with recommendations of repair. Your report is guaranteed to be delivered to you the same day of the inspection so you can move forward with negotiations of repairs or ask for reduction in cost for the property. If you need us to inspect the house again after repairs are made we can go back to the house and make sure they were done correctly for you. We will also make sure when we leave the property we will insure everything is cleaned up, locked up, and left just the way it was when we arrived, we even video this to prove it.
We also want all of our clients to know that we perform a multitude of additional inspection services like Radon Gas Testing, Mold Testing, Pool Testing, Septic Dye Testing, Sewer Scope, etc that is not included in the standard inspection.
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