Comprehensive Home Inspection
Starting at $415
Buying a home is a big decision, so don’t go into the process blind. Having a thorough and accurate home inspection report allows you to make a well-educated decision and provides you with more negotiating power. At Bennett Home Inspections, we evaluate the various aspects and systems of the home. When we discover issues, we clearly describe the situation and recommend a solution.
Visible foundation, floor framing, roof framing and decking, other support and substructure/ superstructure components, stairs, ventilation (when applicable), and exposed concrete slabs in garages and habitable areas.
Visible wall coverings, trim, protective coatings and sealants, windows and doors, attached porches, decks, steps, balconies, handrails, guardrails, carports, eaves, soffits, fascias and visible exterior portions of chimneys, interior walls, ceilings, floors, steps, stairways, and railings.
Building perimeter, land grade, and water drainage directly adjacent to the foundation, trees and vegetation that adversely affect the structure, walks, grade steps, driveways, patios, and retaining walls contiguous with the structure.
Roof covering materials, gutters and downspout systems, visible flashings, roof vents, skylights, and any other roof penetrations, and the portions of the chimneys and flues visible from the exterior.
Insulation and Ventilation
Type and condition of the insulation and ventilation in viewable unfinished attics and subgrade areas, as well as the installed mechanical ventilation systems.
Visible water supply lines, visible waste, soil, and vent lines, fixtures and faucets, domestic hot water system and fuel source.
Service drop through the main panel, subpanels including feeders, branch circuits, connected devices, and lighting fixtures.
Fuel source, heating equipment, heating distribution, operating controls, flue pipes, chimneys and venting, auxiliary heating units.
Walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, steps, stairways, balconies and railings.
Air Conditioning Systems
Cooling equipment, cooling distribution equipment, and the operating controls.
Attached Garages or Carports
Framing, siding, roof, doors, windows, and installed electrical/mechanical systems pertaining to the operation of the home.
Fireplaces and Stoves
Solid fuel and gas fireplaces, stoves, dampers, fireboxes and hearths.
Starting at $135
stand-alone Price starts at $185
Once the initial home inspection is finished, and items are corrected, Bennett Home Inspections re-inspects the home to ensure your contingency agreement is satisfied. Once we’ve verified that repairs are complete, you’ll receive a second inspection report with updates on the corrected items.
stand-alone Price starts at $165
A sewer line break is an expensive headache that no homeowner wants on their plate. Fortunately, a sewer scope by Bennet Home Inspections can spot problems before they turn into disasters.
Our scope inspects sewer drain lines from the street connection to the home. We use the highest quality, HD color, self-leveling camera system available and can inspect drains up to 200′ in length.
We verify the integrity of drain piping as well as noting damages caused over time. This inspection is also useful in detecting blockages, broken pipes, root intrusions, and damage due to heavy construction equipment.
A sewer scope will cost an additional $125 if done at the time of the home inspection. Clients will receive a full-color video of the inspection process and a report describing any issues with recommendations for repair.
Water Quality and Private Well Water Testing
stand-alone Price starts at $325
Clean water is critical for keeping your family happy and healthy. However, private well water sources and city water can be tainted. Plumbing distribution piping and fixtures inside a home can also affect water quality. Bennett Home Inspections will collect water samples, establish a chain of custody, and deliver to the lab for testing. Results typically are available in 5 business days.
- Homebuyer package includes bacteria test, E. Coli, arsenic, nitrate, nitrite, and one metal or mineral.
- FHA, VA, FDA Parameters, and other packages available. Call for pricing.
We offer testing for the following contaminates:
- Total Coliform environmental
- Fecal Coliform
- E. Coli (including 0157:H7)
- Arsenic (As)
- Nitrate/ Nitrite
- Metals– Lead (Pb), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Zinc (Zn), Mercury( Hg), Antimony (Sb), Barium (Ba), Beryllium (Be), Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), Selenium (Se)
- Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN)
- Fluorine (F)
- Sodium (Na)/Sulfate
- Hardness (mineral content)
- Turbidity (particulate matter)
- Conductivity/electrolytic properties
- Color, taste, and odor problems
- green or blue can mean copper
- black or brown can mean manganese
- brown, red, orange, or yellow can mean iron
- milky or white can mean air bubbles
Structural Pest Inspection- Pest and Dryrot
stand-alone Price starts at $375
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(i) Live carpenter ants or carpenter ant carcasses.
(ii) An accumulation of frass unique to carpenter ants.
(iii) Excavation or tunneling unique to carpenter ants.
(i) Live moisture ants or moisture ant carcasses.
(ii) An accumulation of frass unique to moisture ants.
(iii) Excavation or tunneling unique to moisture ants.
(i) Live subterranean termites, including winged reproductive forms.
(ii) Galleries or fecal material, unique to subterranean termites, in structural members.
(iii) Mud tubes, unique to subterranean termites, on or in the structure.
(iv) Evidence of subterranean termite activity found on or in form wood, other nonstructural materials, or wood products in landscape materials.
(i) Circular, 1/16th to 1/8th inch (1.5 to 3 mm) emergence holes made by adult beetles in structural timbers.
(ii) An accumulation of frass, unique to anobiid beetles, in and around adult beetle emergence holes or beneath the wood where emergence holes are present.
(iii) Wood displaying the characteristic tunnels formed by anobiid beetle larvae.
(i) Live dampwood termites, including winged reproductive forms.
(ii) Galleries or fecal material unique to dampwood termites.
(iii) Evidence of dampwood termite activity found on or in form wood, cellulose debris, other nonstructural materials, or wood products.
Wood Decay Fungi
(i) Wood or wood products containing visible damage unique to wood decay fungi.
(ii) Wood or wood products in which fungal bodies are developing.
(iii) Adult beetle emergence holes, unique to wood infesting species in the families Buprestidae, Cerambycidae, and Lyctidae, may be reported for clarification purposes at the discretion of the inspector.
(iv) Signs of wood decay fungi, such as brown pocket rot, and the marine mollusk (Teredo, shipworm) that may have occurred prior to the manufacturing or processing of lumber.
(i) Earth in direct contact with wood or inadequate clearance between earth and any wood or material subject to damage from moisture.
(ii) Vegetation, in direct contact with the exterior of a structure, which may contribute to moisture or damage by WDOs.
(iii) Restricted or nonfunctioning gutter systems.
(iv) Conducive debris in substructures.
(v) Bare or unimproved ground in substructures.
(vi) Standing water or evidence of seasonal standing water in a substructure.
(vii) Failed or missing caulk or grout at water splash areas.
(viii) Moisture from plumbing leaks, lack of ventilation, or other sources that may contribute to damage by WDOs.
stand-alone Price starts at $175
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that finds its way into homes from the soil beneath the foundation. Radon is radioactive and is known to be the second leading cause of lung cancer.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that 1 in every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have elevated radon levels. As a result, they recommend that all buyers test their homes for radon during the purchase process.
Bennet Home Inspections will set up your radon testing in collaboration with local providers. Clients are billed separately by the Radon provider. However, we schedule your test and, in most cases, will include your measurement results at the time of the home inspection.
Pricing ranges from $175 to $275 depending on the size and configuration of the home.