Hanson Home Inspections
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Bettendorf, IA Home Inspection

WHOLE HOME INSPECTIONS - BUYERS AND SELLERS

A whole home or general home inspection is typically performed for the buyer of a property after the offer is accepted by the seller.  I encourage all buyers (especially first time home buyers) and their agents to attend these inspections if at all possible.  The location, function, operation and maintenance of systems and components is better understood when the buyer is present.  A whole home inspection will include a review of the following systems, components and more:

  • roofs, attic areas, vents, flashings and trim;
  • roof drainage, gutters and downspouts;
  • skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations;
  • decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings;
  • eaves, soffit and fascia;
  • windows, doors, interior and exterior walls/siding;
  • lot grading and drainage;
  • complete basement, foundation walls and accessible crawlspaces;
  • previous or active water penetration and foundation movement;
  • heating systems;
  • cooling systems;
  • main water shut-off valves;
  • water heating system;
  • interior and exterior plumbing fixtures and faucets;
  • drainage sump pumps with accessible floats;
  • electrical service line and meter enclosure;
  • main service disconnect and service amperage;
  • electrical panels, breakers and fuses;
  • grounding and bonding of system;
  • GFCIs and AFCIs;
  • fireplace damper, door and hearth;
  • accessible insulation and ventilation;
  • garage doors, openers and safety sensors.

RADON TESTING

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is known to cause cancer. The EPA encourages anyone who is buying or selling a home to have it tested for radon. In fact, Iowa has the highest percentage of homes with radon levels above the EPA recommended limit of 4.0pCi/L (picocuries per liter) in the United States.
 
Hanson Home Inspections has partnered with local radon testing companies to offer radon testing in addition to your whole home inspection. This short term radon screening is performed with a CRM detection device that will provide you with accurate results. 
 
Don't take any chances with your health or your family's safety. When booking your home inspection appointment be sure to ask about radon testing.
Watch the short video above for tips on what to do 
if a radon test is being performed in your home.