Safe and Sound Certified Inspection an Repair Services
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BUYING, LEASING, INSURING OR FINANCING A NEW BUSINESS PROPERTY?
[b]It is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make.
This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection. The cost of a property inspection is very small relative to the cost of the property being inspected.
The cost of hiring an inspector certified by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), is almost insignificant by comparison.
Safe and Sound Certified Inspection and Repair Services (SASCIARS), is AHIT, NHIE and NACHI Certified.
You have been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages and trying to get the best deals.
Why stop now? Do not let your real estate agent, a 'low-ball' inspector or anyone else talk you into skimping here. Remember, you get what you pay for!
SASCIARS, as a certified inspection firm, performs the quality inspections you expect and deserve.
NACHI certified inspectors earn their fees many times over.
They do more for you and, yes, they may charge a little more, but do yourself a favor...and pay a little more for the quality inspection you deserve.
Get a pre-listing inspection!
Hiring an inspector prior to listing your property, can save thousands on your asking price! How?
A good inspection will identify any and all of the defects, safety concerns, potential failures that could lose a sale, or drive the asking price down if found by the buyer's inspector.
A pre-listing inspection gives you a leg up, by allowing you to identify and repair, replace, refurbish the things that can cause a sale to be lost or a loss of thousands in 'negotiations'.
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection.
You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first.
Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways:
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
- It helps you to price your home realistically.
- It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that ...
a. Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
b. There is no delay in obtaining the Use and/or Occupancy permit.
c. You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive the standard inspection contingency.
- It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
- It may relieve prospect's concerns and suspicions.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
- It may alert you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.
List your property with the confidence that you will get your price without having to give in to buyer demands for corrections, or lowering your sale price to make up for deficiencies.
Making corrections in advance will most often cost far less than negotiated reductions of your sale price!
COMMERCIAL / INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES?
Don't sell, buy, lease or rent without an inspection!
Arranging for an inspection prior to signing a contract for your commercial property, can insure that you are getting what you pay for, or as a seller, confidently listing your property knowing the condition of the roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC systems, fire detection and suppression systems if any, as well as many special areas of consideration found only in commercial and industrial properties. Many commercial lenders will insist on a private building inspection before committing to financing.
Whether a multi-family residential unit, a restaurant, retail sales, a warehouse, or as an investment property, do not take a chance on running into unforeseen problems after paperwork is done, and there is no alternative but to PAY, sometimes very dearly, to make the corrections needed to run your business.
Or as a seller, lessor or landlord, be sure that this investment property is 'class A', by identifying issues and having corrections made before offering it for occupancy or other intended use.
I have over 25 years experience as a commercial construction inspector, and electrical inspector, for jurisdictional authorities. Call us today for a free estimate, for inspection of entire property or individual systems, such as electrical safety, roofing, HVAC, etc.!
NEW HOME &BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
Buyers of re-sale homes and more recently sellers as well, almost always have their homes inspected by a professional home inspector. Buyers of new homes, however, often do not take this important step. There are several reasons for this: The buyer is getting a brand new home, and thinks that the inspection is an unnecessary added cost. The buyer feels that they are protected by the builder's one-year warranty for workmanship, plus extended structural warranty. In most cases, the home is inspected by local authority inspectors as part of the permitting process. Buyers believe that they can rely on the builder's reputation. The builder is resistant to idea of third party inspections. Buyers are not aware that a home inspection is a recommended alternative. The buyer plans to "keep an eye" on the construction themselves.A BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
The construction of a home is a big project involving many contractors and suppliers. As the buyer and homeowner you are the lender and recipient of the final product. If you are like most people, this is your biggest investment. Understandably, most people want to establish a good rapport with their builder. They must rely on the builder throughout the job, and for warranty and service work after completion. They feel that they need the builder's friendship and good will, and do not want to risk damaging the relationship.
You will need to come to terms with this in your own mind.
Do not allow your anxiety about the construction process to obscure the fact that you have a business relationship with your builder. You are working together under a contract. It is possible to be cordial and respectful, while maintaining the right to bring up problems and concerns. It is best to establish the ground rules for your relationship at the beginning of the project. At some point, you may need to tell the builder that something is not acceptable to you. SCHEDULED INSPECTIONS
Let the builder know at the outset that you will be getting a private construction inspection. You may hear (from the builder or others) that this is unnecessary, that city or county inspections will be done, that this is an unusual step, etc. Stand your ground on the inspection decision. Local code inspectors look only for minimal code compliance. After you have let the builder know that you will be getting an inspection, send an email or written note clarifying when your inspections will be done. Make it clear that you will need to have the utilities connected for your final inspection. Allow enough time after the final inspection for corrections to be made before closing. Check with your inspector about which inspections he recommends. The four that come to mind are: foundation, framing, pre-sheet-rock, and final inspection. FOUNDATION INSPECTION
With some complicated foundations, you should have an engineer review the construction as it progresses. In other cases, a licensed inspector can do the job. Usually, city inspectors do a layout inspection, making sure the foundation does not overlap building lines. Whether or not you are in a city, ask your inspector to double check this. Ask for a copy of the "forms survey", if the builder has one. If a forms survey has not been done, carefully measure from the property lines. If there is some doubt about whether the structure encroaches over building lines, have a survey done before proceeding. In addition to the layout, the inspector will check the steel content, depth of footings, post tension cables, and other parts of the foundation. FRAMING INSPECTION
Following the foundation and slab installation is the actual structural framing of walls, and roof structure. Prior to installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in (MEP), and before the exterior skin is applied, while framing methods are still observable, your inspector should do a walk-through to insure that your floor plan is as agreed, that no short-cuts have been taken, that are not acceptable to you as the buyer.
Sometimes your inspector may recommend additional supports or have input on items that are not noted by the official
building inspector as they are not code issues, but quality assurance concerns that can be addressed at this early stage at minimal cost impact to the project budget. PRE CLOSE-IN INSPECTION
Most builders will invite the homeowner to do a walk through after framing, HVAC and plumbing rough-in, and electrical wiring are complete. This is a good time to inspect your outlet locations and window and door placements. Make sure that any changes in the plans have been picked up and made by the sub contractors.
While you check for layout items, your home inspector can look closely at the construction. His report might include: broken plumbing lines, improper flashing, cut or bowed studs, inadequate bracing, beams that over-span their strength, damaged electrical cables and boxes, missing outlets, AC ducts that are crushed, etc. These items are easy to correct at this point, before sheet-rock and finish materials are installed.
It is not realistic to expect the construction to check out perfectly. Every builder in every price range will have some items to correct, both from the city and the third party inspector. Let your builder know that you will provide him with the report immediately, so that he can address the items before the walls are closed up. FINAL INSPECTION
You will need to have all utilities on in order to complete this inspection. Normally, the builder requests a "walk-thru" inspection with you when the house is substantially complete. If utilities are on, you could schedule your inspector at this time. You can focus on paint and touch up items, while your inspector conducts a more thorough inspection, checking for leaks, non functional outlets, final grading of the lot, flashing problems, appliance operation, voids in mortar, etc.
THE CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION
At some point you will sell you home, and your buyer will likely have your home inspected. Some of the items the inspector catches now may seem minor, but they will come up later in your buyer's home inspection if they are not corrected. It is in your best interest to have everything nailed down now. If there are items that cannot be fixed before closing, and you cannot delay closing, ask the builder to sign a written list of items to be repaired or completed.
Building a new home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. A new home can deliver the right floor plan and finishes for you. It is a complicated project and huge investment. The support, advice and information that you will gain from an experienced third party professional inspectior is invaluable. Do not leave out this important step in the building process. It is well worth the comparitively minimal investment.
WHY HIRE SASCIARS?
- I have over 4 decades of construction and inspection experience in both public and private sectors, in residential, commercial, or industrial properties.
- I am a member in good standing of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI)
- I am a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. (IAEI)
- I am a Pro-Lab trained, IAC2 certified mold inspector.*
- I have completed the NACHI Code of Ethics Obstacle Course.
- I follow NACHI and Arizona BTR Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
- I fulfill a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education every year.
- I am available on short notice and Saturdays and Sundays by special arrangement.
- I generate easy-to-read, online inspection reports with descriptive photographs.
- My rates are very competitive.
* IAC2 is the non-profit, certifying body for home and building inspectors who have fulfilled certain educational and testing requirements including those in the area of indoor air quality.
What does a SASCIARS Inspection consist of?
SASCIS Full Property Inspections include:
Note that optional 'specialty' inspections can be arranged, such as mold, radon, ACM, electrical safety, roofing only, HVAC only, etc., by special arrangement .
- Roof, vents, flashings, trim, gutters and downspouts.
- Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations.
- Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings.
- Eaves, soffit and fascia.
- Grading and drainage.
- Basement, foundation and crawlspace.
- Water penetration and foundation movement.
- Heating and Cooling systems.
- Main water shut off valves.
- Water heating system.
- Interior plumbing piping, fixtures and faucets.
- Electrical service, distribution panels, breakers, fuses and meter box
- Grounding and bonding, GFCI and AFCI protection.
- Fireplace, chimney, damper door and hearth.
- Doors, windows, insulation and ventilation.
- Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers.
- A complete report with online access
- FREE Mold screening inspection ++
- Appliances functionality, and much more.
For commercial properties:
- HVAC systems
- Electrical Switchgear & Emergency Generators
- Commercial kitchen equipment
- Fire detection/suppression systems
- Other systems specific to each property
++ Visual inspection only. If evidence of mold is found, lab samples can be taken at additional charge.
SASCIARS also performs commercial and new construction phase progress and draw inspections, required by some lenders and partnerships. Expertise in large construction projects up to $100 Million. Also Federal, Military, State and Municipality Bond Fund and other Public Sector Construction Projects. Please call for details and references.
My Promise to You
Choosing the right home inspector can be difficult. Unlike most professionals, you probably will not get to meet me until after you hire me.
Furthermore, different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and yes, different pricing.
One thing for sure is that a property inspection requires work, a lot of work.
Ultimately a thorough inspection depends heavily on efforts of the the individual inspector.
If you honor me by permitting me to inspect your property, I guarantee that I will give you my very best effort.
This I promise you.
Doug Noyce, CEI, CMA, USACE-CQMC
***During the 2008 Real Estate crash SASCIARS (formerly SASCHI) lost substantial business and was forced to close.
The cost of starting up again with State licensing by ABTR for residential inspection services was/is prohibitive.
In short, if your inspection is 'required' by contract for your purchase or sale of a residential property,
the SASCIARS report is not 'legal' (residential property only) to meet this requirement,
and can be used only as informational purposes for negotiation or personal use to determine residential property condition.
This restriction applies ONLY to Residential Home Inspection that is 'required' by your purchase/sale contract.
It does NOT apply to specialty inspections (Roof, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, etc), commercial buildings, construction progress, etc.,
or residential inspections that are NOT required by contract.
This restriction in no way reduces the quality of the report or the expertise required to perform the inspection or generate the report.
Residential inspections performed with this understanding, are considerably discounted, for this reason.
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