What Should I Order

A free guide to help you move from deciding what tests to order to understanding your reports
by Jason Bellamy - Owner of Builder Buddy

Understanding Well Inspection Results with a Good Report

Should I order a well inspection? Well inspections are recommended for all homes with well water (or Springs if there is a pressure system equipment present). Well inspections are separate from water testing (both are highly recommended).  Water testing evaluates the quality of water while the well inspection...

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When should I order a Well Inspection? What is included?

Should I order a well inspection? Well inspections are recommended for all homes with well water (or Springs if there is a pressure system equipment present). Well inspections are separate from water testing (both are highly recommended).  Water testing evaluates the quality of water while the well inspection...

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When should I order water testing?

Homes with Well Water:  Full scan water testing is recommended for all homes with well water (if the seller cannot provide a recent water test result within one year). The Premium Full Scan water test includes Total Coliform, E. Coli, Nitrite, Nitrate, Lead, pH, Total...

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Should I Order A Radon Test?

https://youtu.be/Fy_kzWL5TYcYes, Radon testing is recommended for all houses in all areas of Western North Carolina regardless of foundation type.  Homes on slabs and basements tend to have higher radon test results than crawl spaces but homes with all foundation types can test high for radon....

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Should I Order a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection?

What is a WDI? Real Estate inspections for termites and other wood destroying insects are called WDI Inspections or by the State of North Carolina– WDI stands for Wood Destroying Insects.  These inspections are colloquially known as ‘Termite’ Inspections or ‘Pest’ inspections but these terms...

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FHA and VA Loan Requirements for Inspections and Testing

What are typical FHA and VA requirements for inspections & testing? Below are the most common FHA/VA loan requirements- only the wood destroying insect inspection applies to all homes.   Ask your lender for more information: All homes and detached buildings Wood Destroying Insect Inspections  FHA/VA...

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How should radon be tested or monitored? Can I test myself?

What are acceptable ways to test for radon? According to the EPA there are only two acceptable ways to test for radon during a real estate transaction: A 48 hour test with a certified and calibrated radon monitor  (these are very expensive and must be...

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Should I Order A Mold Test?

Mold Testing Recommendations Is Mold Testing recommended for families or individuals with environmental or mold sensitivities? Yes.  Newer homes with very dry basements and crawl spaces (or with excellent dehumidification or closed crawl spaces) may not need additional testing- your home inspector can be asked for...

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What’s Included In An Inspection?

What is inspected in a Home Inspection? Structural components Exterior Roofing Plumbing Electrical HVAC Interiors Insulation & Ventilation Built-in Appliances   Can I view a sample report? You can find sample reports here which will give you a good idea of what an inspection report may...

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Are Oil Tanks included in a Home Inspection Report?

Are Oil Tanks included in a Home Inspection Report? Oil tanks are beyond the scope of a home inspection.  If evidence of an oil tank happens to be observed during our home inspection an informational item will be present in the report however we do...

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HVAC Evaluations

Our HVAC evaluations are performed by a 3rd party (our service partners All About Heat & Air)- you will be provided with a PDF document with pictures and an estimate for repairs.  The inspection of an HVAC system by a home inspector is limited while...

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Signs of Possible Air Quality Issues

Indicators of air quality issues- when should I suspect an issue? Smell Our noses are a great tool– a musty smell can indicate an air quality issue- especially at basements and lower level living areas. Visible Signs in Crawl Spaces and Unfinished Basements Stringy insulation,...

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