Why an A-Pro® Home Inspection?
We are fair, balanced, and impartial. We work for you, the client, and perform a 500-Point home inspection that includes over 1,800 systems and components, including a Foundation Level Survey ($175.00 value). Simply put, we are the best home inspectors in Northern Virginia. A-Pro home inspection service looks after your best interest, not the interest of anyone else. If given the opportunity, we will provide you with the best home inspection in Northern Virginia. At A-Pro, we love our job, and it shows. Call us NOW!
The Home Inspection Process:
A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. The Loudoun County Home inspection should be conducted by Loudoun County home inspectors who are Licensed and has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The Loudoun home inspectors will describe the home’s condition at the time of inspection but do not guarantee the future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of components or systems.
A Loudoun County Home inspection is much more than just part of the home-buying process. Most homebuyers lack the experience and emotional detachment to inspect a property independently.
When choosing a home inspector. We recommend you choose not only a licensed and one familiar with the local area and its problems but also a home inspector that is Certified. Certification shows that the home inspector is experienced and follows a set standard of training and ethics above the others.
Choose a company that is familiar with the known issues and problems with homes in Loudoun County, Virginia, and surrounding areas. Choose A-Pro® today.
A-Pro® Home Inspection of Northern Virginia Services Include:
Home Buyers Inspection (Pre-Purchase Home Inspection)
A standard pre-purchase home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building, much like a physical exam that your doctor may perform on you. However, it should be clearly understood that a home inspection is not to be confused with an appraisal, warranty evaluation, building code inspection, a guarantee of any kind, and/or an insurance policy on the property’s condition.
A-Pro provides Industry leading 500 points Pre-Purchase Home inspections, including a free foundation-level survey ($175.00 value).
Home Seller Inspection (Pre-Listing Inspection)
The Home Seller Inspection, sometimes called a pre-inspection, is a very intelligent but often underused selling tool for a prospective home seller. But, A-Pro takes it a step further by certifying the pre-inspection to the new homebuyer and guaranteeing the inspection for 120 days eliminating the need to get another inspection prior to buying. Thus, making it a Certified Pre-Owned Home©.
Getting the home inspection done prior to placing a home under contract or even on the market gives the current owner an opportunity to exhibit transparency in a future transaction, thus potentially speeding up the selling process and eliminating last-minute deal points that could kill the sale. A major benefit of a Certified Pre-Owned Home Inspection is any repairs needed can be systematically and efficiently taken care of without the pressure of a pending deadline.
The inspector’s actions in this type of inspection mimic that of a Home Buyers Inspection except that the report is delivered to the seller and guaranteed to the new homebuyer. Want to shorten the days on the market that your property stays on the market?
Call A-Pro Loudoun County Home inspection and order a Certified Pre-owned Home Inspection today.
New Home Warranty Expiration Inspection
A-Pro offers new home warranty inspections to detect notable defects before your one-year builder’s home warranty expires. A-Pro Home Inspection will meticulously document and report visual defects within your new home that may be covered under your builder’s home warranty in order to maximize your home warranty coverage. The Home Warranty Inspection report will give you the leverage you need to obtain the repairs necessary before your builder’s warranty expires on your new home.
This could be your last chance to correct installation deficiencies common with new home systems and component failures. We highly recommend scheduling your home warranty inspection with us at the beginning of the 11th month. This will give you the time you need to coordinate and discuss our expert hardbound report with your new home warranty provider. Waiting until the last minute can force new homeowners into a disadvantaged negotiating position with the home warranty provider. Regrettably, some home warranty providers charge high premiums for their warranties but are less enthusiastic about paying claims.
Call A-Pro Home Inspection today before your new home warranty expires, leaving you with safety and performance-related deficiencies that should have been corrected.
Annual Maintenance Home Inspections
A-Pro’s annual Maintenance Home Inspection program is a service offered to help homeowners protect what, to most of us, is the most significant investment in our lifetime. This is one of the most comprehensive inspections we do since we have the opportunity to work with the homeowner to gain access to areas that are not available during the initial visual-only home inspection. The annual Maintenance Home Inspection predicts potential system failures or other issues within a home that should be budgeted for each year. Our goal is to help our clients make a more informed decision and help them prioritize annual repairs while avoiding major home cost surprises.
We have found that many clients hire us annually for home maintenance advice. Our clients know that an average owner typically spends approximately one percent annually of the value of their home on home maintenance. That’s where we come in by providing them with a 100-point annual maintenance home inspection to help prioritize the necessary repairs for the year.
Furthermore, we can also inspect the work after the contractor completes any repairs.
We also find that many of our clients call us to inspect elderly parents’ homes, rental properties, vacation homes, and the like for annual home maintenance issues.
Take control of your home repair budget, improve your ability to communicate with contractors, and check the contractor’s work before paying them their final check.
This service is available for any property owner.
Hire A-Pro Home Inspection to conduct a Maintenance Home Inspection on your property today.
The FHA (Federal Housing Administration) Home Inspection is our standard industry-leading Home Inspection but formatted to meet the requirements of our clients that are utilizing an FHA loan. FHA loans provide an option for homeownership to borrowers who may not qualify with other lenders and often allow lower down payments and interest rates. An FHA-insured mortgage can be used to purchase a new or existing home. The FHA strongly recommends a home inspection as part of the loan process.
As the FHA is a Federal program, the reporting requirements on Home Inspections supersede those of any state-mandated reporting requirements.
Ensure your loan process is not slowed down due to the Home Inspection expectations and that your investment is protected by calling A-Pro Home Inspection to conduct your FHA Home Inspection.
There are specific forms associated with HUD homes and their inspections. A HUD home is a property HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) acquired due to a foreclosure action on an FHA-insured mortgage. HUD becomes the property owner, offers it for sale, and then sells it at market value as quickly as possible. HUD properties are sold as-is with no warranty, and no repairs should be performed on a property until after the new owner has taken possession. It is critical when purchasing a home sold by HUD to get an A-Pro Home Inspection as soon as possible for a number of reasons:
(1) The inspection may uncover a condition that makes the buyer choose to walk away from the deal and forfeit the earnest money. A foreclosure is highly likely to have ignored maintenance and the home to be neglected or abused.
(2) The home is vacant, and the time to actual closing is often extended in a HUD transaction; any new damage occurring before closing has a realistic chance of being covered by HUD if well documented.
HUD 203(k) Inspection
The 203(k) program was created in the early ’60s to obtain the funds needed to complete repairs and refinance or purchase a home. The program’s complexity prevented it from being used effectively until the mid-’90s, when consultants were first introduced to the field. Many of our A-Pro Inspectors are certified consultants and can help you navigate this complex process.
Certified Home Inspection
The Certified Home Inspection is a unique offer from A-Pro designed for the home seller that wants to add some extra spice to their Home Seller Inspection. A-Pro Home Inspection will conduct the standard Home Seller Inspection and add selling features to help you sell your home at a higher price.
The 120 Day guarantee of “If We Pass It, We Guarantee It” is transferable to the new buyer. This allows the buyer to potentially save by ordering a new Inspection. Imagine selling your home as already maintaining a Certified Home Inspection!
New Home Construction Phase Inspection Program
The building of a home is critical at every step. Having an ITI® certified building inspector present is also essential at each stage of this process. While most contractors are very good at what they do, it is imperative to have another set of eyes to verify the decisions that they have to make and their execution.
- The A-Pro New Construction Phase Inspections Program consists of three (3) inspections for the home buyer.
For all new construction phase inspections, it is essential to get an idea from the builder of a date that they anticipate the building will be ready for each phase of the inspection – as soon as the date is given, notify us immediately.
PHASE I – Foundation
The foundation inspection is one of the most important and one of the most difficult to schedule. Builders can quickly get ahead of schedule or fall behind the initial schedule due to weather, amongst other problems. We recommend that the home-buyer constantly check with the builder about progress.
- Concrete Slab – This inspection phase is done after the exterior foundation walls are finished, and the plumbing rough-ins are installed before the concrete slab is poured.
- Basement – In this inspection phase, we come out after the forms (walls) are poured and before they backfill. It is imperative that this inspection is done BEFORE they backfill.
- Crawl Space – A Crawl Space is simply a basement you cannot stand in. This inspection phase is done after the foundation is poured but before backfilling and framing begin.
PHASE II – PRE-Drywall
This phase of the inspection is done, which involves inspecting the electrical, plumbing, heat, and framing. We usually inspect this one to three days before the contractor hangs the drywall. Note: All other inspections above must be completed before this phase.
PHASE III – FINAL Home Inspection
- This phase of the inspection is done after the building process is finished. This is when the buyer has a walk-thru inspection with the builder about a week or so before the home’s closing. We need to come out 1 to 3 days before this walk-thru. At this time, we perform a complete 500-point comprehensive home inspection with pictures of any problems so the client still has time to address any issues with the builder before closing takes place. We can also schedule additional services (i.e., foundation-level survey, radon testing, etc.).
- This phase of the inspection is done, which involves inspecting the electrical, plumbing, heat, and framing. We usually inspect this one to three days before the contractor hangs the drywall. Note: All other inspections above must be performed before this phase.
Final Walk Thru Home Inspection
Having A-Pro Home Inspection on your side during the final walk thru Inspection is a wise decision. A final walk-through is executed a few hours to five days before closing. It is neither a home inspection nor a time to begin negotiating repairs. The final walk-thru inspection’s primary purpose is to ensure that the property is in the agreed-upon condition you agreed to buy it in. (agreed-upon repairs/improvements, if any, were made satisfactory). Many clients re-hire us to conduct the walk thru after our initial home inspection when there were changes, repairs, or improvements negotiated to come to a purchase agreement.
There are additional inspections outside of the scope of a standard Home Inspection. Most home inspectors in the State of Virginia follow minimum standards of practice required by the governing rules. A-Pro® provides a comprehensive 500-point inspection that translates to over 1,800 systems and components and exceeds the minimum standards. Consult your A-Pro inspector for further details. Below are ancillary services that may interest you now or have a homeowner.
Home Repair Verification Inspection
Many clients hire A-Pro Home Inspection to Inspect and verify that specific Home Repairs have been done satisfactorily. The major advantages to using A-Pro to verify home repairs are when the client does not have the technical background or time does not allow them to address. We work for remote landlords as well as adult children of elderly parents who live independently to ensure our clients get everything that was agreed upon before making a final payment to a contractor.
Roof Damage Inspection
Have you ever wondered if the inspector the insurance company sends out (or doesn’t send out) to inspect a roof after a storm involving high winds or hail is working for you or the insurance company? A-Pro Inspectors who are certified to inspect roof damage work for you. For a fair and balanced assessment of the damage to your roof, call A-Pro Home Inspection and make sure you have a professional on your side.
Lead Paint Inspection
The use of Lead Paint in homes was eliminated in 1978. If your home was built before 1978, getting an Inspection specifically to detect lead paint could be advisable but is critical before you do any type of home improvement project that requires even mild demolition. Many of our A-Pro locations are certified in lead paint inspection.
The health implications associated with lead paint are profound. The toxins from lead paint are most dangerous when the paint is disturbed in some manner, and the dust particles infused with lead come in contact with people. Children and women who are pregnant or may become pregnant are the most susceptible to the adverse effects associated with high lead exposure.
Carbon Monoxide Testing and Inspection
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas, and all fuel (gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or coal) burning appliances have the potential to produce CO to some degree due to incomplete combustion. Appliances (including fireplaces) that are not installed, maintained and used properly run the risk of causing CO accumulation to dangerous levels. Extreme CO exposure can cause death. Proper detection is vitally important because the gas is colorless and odorless.
You’re A-Pro Inspector can test for Carbon Monoxide in the home and the appliances and fixtures that may be causing a dangerous level. Check the Carbon Monoxide fact sheet here.
You’re A-Pro Loudoun County Home Inspector will also advise you on the proper detectors, the recommended locations of the sensors, and the proper maintenance needed for offending appliances.
Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) Report, aka Termite Inspection
There are many types of Wood Destroying Insects, but termites are the most common and cause the most damage. A WDI Inspection is often called a Termite Inspection when all wood-destroying insects are inspected for.
Whether you’re buying, selling, or refinancing your home, there is a high probability that you will need a (WDI) Wood Destroying Insect report. WDI reports provide evidence of possible infestation by wood-destroying insects or damage caused thereof that is visible and accessible at the time of inspection. In addition to identifying possible infestations and previous treatment, a WDI report will alert a lender or buyer of potential problems within the home.
Termites are slow eaters, so if a termite infestation is discovered, it is usually not a panic situation. Treatment is effective and can be handled quickly without causing additional problems.
In nearly all states, a State Agency provides oversight of WDI Inspection and Treatment, and in all cases, this inspection is outside the scope of a traditional Home Inspection. Your A-Pro Inspector can consult with you on your options and often provide the WDI Inspection for you.
All Home Inspections include a visual foundation inspection as a minimum requirement. At A-Pro, we understand that a home’s foundation condition ranks very high with our clients relative to concerns about a property, and we go over and beyond to inspect the foundation.
The A-Pro Home Inspection includes a foundation-level survey ($150.00 value) as part of every standard home inspection. Call us if you need a foundation inspected.
Pool and Spa Inspection
Swimming pools and spas are most often excluded from a standard home inspection because they require special training and a separate report. This is not to say that Pool and Spa Inspections are not necessary. They absolutely are. A pool and/or spa are often vital components of that dream home. When mechanical, chemical, and especially safety issues surface with a pool or spa, the dream can become a nightmare compounded with liability. Protect yourself and ask your A-Pro Loudoun Home Inspector for a Pool and Spa Inspection. Our in-depth Inspection will not only uncover critical issues present but also help you in the planned maintenance of your pool and/or spa.
Most, if not all of us, have heard the horror stories associated with mold in a home, and it is absolutely true that an elevated condition of mold in a home is a health danger. Certain mold spores can lead to respiratory disease, allergic reactions, and other health issues. All mold and the conditions for mold growth (Moisture) can compromise the home’s structure. For Mold to grow, it needs three things: (1) a Food Source, (2) Moisture (3) Warmth.
An A-Pro Mold Inspection can help prevent serious problems and significant expenses.
It may surprise you that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and nearly all homes have some level of Radon. Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that emits radioactive uranium that breaks down in the soil, water, or rocks. Radon enters a home in many ways, such as through cracks in slabs, wall joints, and water supply. An elevated amount of Radon in a home is a health hazard. The standard A-Pro Home Inspection does not include Radon testing.
The EPA has recommended that every home be tested for Radon and fix the house if the test comes back excessive. The good news is that repairing a home to normal Radon levels is not usually expensive.
If you need A-Pro’s help testing for Radon and/or reading the results, please call us.
Thermal Imaging Inspection
Thermal Imaging Inspections are not included in a standard home inspection. Many people like to think in terms of a Home Inspection as compared to a Doctor’s visit. A standard Home Inspection compares to a Physical performed by a doctor when he does a thorough visual check on you. A Thermal Imaging Inspection compares to going in for an MRI.
A thermal imaging inspection is performed with an infrared camera. The Inspection can provide home buyers, sellers, or homeowners with a wealth of information such as:
Structural defects caused by wood destroying insects:
- Energy and heat loss
- Moisture penetration and or leaks
- problems with electrical wiring overheating
- And much more
Call your A-Pro Home Inspector for a Thermal Imaging Inspection when you need to know more.
A standard home inspection includes many of the elements of a structural inspection but is not as in-depth as a stand-alone Structural Inspection. During a Structural Inspection, the A-Pro Inspector will be looking for and reporting on only a home’s foundation and supporting elements, investigating for various distress indications that may result in repair or further evaluation recommendations.
If you notice a problem such as a sagging roof, bowing walls, or cracking foundation, or your home has been subject to severe storm damage, flooding, or fire, call your A-Pro Home Inspector for a Structural Inspection.
Commercial Building Inspections
Commercial property is defined as the building structures and improvements located on a parcel of commercial real estate. These may include structures such as buildings with residential units operated for profit, mixed-use buildings, strip malls, motels, factories, storage facilities, restaurants, and office buildings.
A commercial inspection requires the inspector to observe, conduct research, and report findings. A-Pro Home Inspection will conduct Commercial Inspections for you.
The A-Pro Inspector will collect information through visual observation during a walk-through survey and conduct research about the property, including key components and reports relative to the property. A-Pro will then generate a meaningful report about the property’s condition based on the observations and research conducted.
A-Pro Home Inspection of Northern Virginia
38667 Richard Creek Ln, Lovettsville, VA 20180