A detailed home inspection usually takes two and a half to three hours or longer, depending on the home's age, condition and square footage. I recommend that you be present at your home inspection so that you can participate, ask questions and to look at any areas in need of maintenance or repair. An explanation of the home inspection process, home condition and preventive maintenance suggestions are part of the overall home inspection experience.
Your inspector is David Ritchie.
Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Building Construction Technology and over 20 years' experience in residential construction principles and practices, working in Utah, Oregon and California.
Dave served in the United States Navy for 21.5 years, retiring in 1999. He went back to residential construction/remodel for the next 11 years then he left the industry and moved into Home Inspections.
To become a home inspector, Dave studied with the American Home Inspector Training Institute and passed their exam, becoming a certified inspector. He later passed the exams for the California Real Estate Inspector Association and the National Home Inspector Exam becoming certified by CREIA and ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors). Dave meets the requirement to obtain at least 30 Continuing Education Units in order to remain in good standing with the Association.
Dave has completed over 300 full residential inspections along with several Foundation Certification Inspections, Infrared Energy and Moisture Inspections, Foundation Level Inspections, FHA 203k Consultations, and Fannie Mae Homestyle Consultations and one final walkthrough for a new home upon completion for the buyer.
When buying or building a brand new home, a home inspection by an educated and experienced home inspector will give you peace of mind.
You get a wealth of information about the home you are considering. We avoid any conflicts of interest, providing our client satisfaction and peace of mind.
Today's homes are complex. mechanical, structural and the electrical components of any house are elaborate. Touchstone Home Inspection Services has the knowledge and experience to serve your needs.
We adhere to the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Qualified Inspector of Historic and Vintage style homes
Experienced in New Construction Inspections
ASHI Certified Home Inspector
So you can see there is no one as well qualified as David Ritchie is to provide you with a comprehensive home inspection that will inform you and most importantly, give you peace of mind.
Please take a moment to look at our Sample Inspection Report
With every full home inspection, we at Touchstone Home Inspection Services, Inc. are proud to offer at no additional charge to our clients:
90 Day Warranty
Home Owner's Network
We provide these services with the goal in mind to educate our clients and to provide a higher level of confidence in their home and in our service.
Professional and competent home inspectors are fully trained in the proper operation of all common home systems.
These systems generally include:
Structural Components: Foundations, floors and walls.
Exterior Components: Siding paint, windows, decks, garage doors, etc.
Roofing: Coverings, flashings, chimneys, etc.
Plumbing: Piping, fixtures, faucets, water heating and fuel storage systems, etc.
Electrical: Wiring, main service panels, conductors, switches, receptacles, etc.
Heating: Equipment, safety controls, distribution systems, chimneys, etc.
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps: Cooling and air-handling equipment controls and ducting, etc.
Interior: Partitions, ceilings, floors, railings, doors and windows, etc.
Insulation and Ventilation: Attics, walls, floors, foundations, kitchen and bathrooms, etc.
Additional fees can apply to inspect these systems:
Multiple Unit Inspections
Multiple Garages and Outbuildings
Square footage over 4000 Sg. Ft.
Special Inspection Services
Additional fees and licensed contractors required for these services:
Termite and Pest Inspections
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Testing
Septic System Inspection
Water Well Inspection
There are many other types of property inspections offered by home inspectors, depending on your needs:
Standard Home Inspections
New Construction Inspections
Annual Maintenance Checkup
Specific Inspections (available upon request)
Home Inspectors should present the customer with a clearly written, typed or printed home inspection report, which must conform to the accepted standards of practice for the state the inspection is performed in or the standards of practice of the association that the home inspector belongs to.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why do I need a home inspection?
A. A home inspection is an important step in the home buying process.
Professionally trained home inspectors assist in maintaining the health of your home and a property inspection makes home maintenance easy by catching minor problems before they become big projects.
In just a few hours you'll have a detailed report of the condition of your home so that you can plan for needed repairs and upgrades when it's time to make them. When purchasing a home, many homebuyers have saved literally thousands of dollars through information provided by the home inspector.
Homeowners who have owned their homes for several years can even benefit from a home inspector's knowledge of maintenance and repairs, and experience to avert potential problems.
Many independent and nonprofit organizations exist to promote ethical practice and professional standards throughout the home inspection industry.
We don't print our reports on site, so the inspector has a chance to think about the words used to document the defects observed.
Q. Who exactly would require a home inspection?
A. When buying a new home, new construction home or a pre-owned home, you need an inspection for your peace of mind. Sellers also benefit from home inspections by knowing the condition of their home before listing. They are spared the embarrassment of the buyer's home inspector finding major defects with their home that they were not aware of and possibly will hold up the real estate transaction. If your new home still has a home warranty through a builder it is smart to have a home inspection before it expires.
Q. I've checked this house out thoroughly myself, why do I need an inspection?
A. Home Inspectors have the training, experience and competence that comes with being in the industry and inspecting hundreds of homes. We know what to look for and what to look at. Considering the average home, there are literally hundreds items that should be inspected.
While you or someone you may know can examine the home and roughly determine the overall condition of it, inspectors inspect homes daily, each and every week throughout the year and know exactly what to look for in a home. We detect minor/major flaws, defects in workmanship, improper installation and construction parameters and unsafe conditions that the general public would miss.
Q. What makes you different from the local competition?
A. The industry is full of inspectors who neither have the training, experience or qualifications to qualify as a home inspector. A professional knows what to look for and reports the condition to their clients in a detailed report outlining the condition of the home and provides insight to the buyer regarding the actual condition of all the items in the home, so the buyer can make an informed buying decision.
Q. What is the cost of a home inspection?
A. The cost of your inspection depends on the number of bedrooms, age, and number of fixed AC units that serve the home. Testing for radon and termite inspections are additional.
Q. How long does your inspection take?
A. Every home is different depending on the number of defects observed, but the average time is 2 to 3 hours to inspect the entire property.
Q. How large is the inspection report?
A. A completed inspection report is about 15-20 pages including graphics and based upon the state of the home inspected, the more things found in the home that are deficient, the more the report contains.
Q. Should I be at the home inspection?
A. Yes, if it is possible, you should be there at the home inspection. We recommend that you be present at your home inspection so that you can ask your inspector any questions and see first hand any areas needing maintenance or repair.
Q. Can I call you for advice after the inspection?
A. Yes, feel free to call anytime.
At Touchstone Home Inspection we follow the Standards of Practice as outlined by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). In our inspections we will look at the structure, electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, general condition and identify any health and safety issues. With each full inspection we provide at no additional cost, the following:
90 Day Warranty
Radon Protection Plan
Home Owner's Resource
Foundation Certification Inspections are usually conducted as part of a Manufactured Home Sale where the lender is requiring an Engineer's Certification for the foundation. Touchstone Home Inspection Services works with Harrison Engineering to gather the necessary data for the engineer to evaluate and determine if the requirements are met. You can schedule a Foundation Cert directly with Harrison at www.foundationcert.com/order. At step 2 you will be asked if you were referred by an inspector. Enter my name and this email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I can gather the necessary information while conducting a standard home inspection which will save me time and you money.
I am a certified HUD FHA 203K Consultant #S0703. The 203K program is designed for buyers who find that perfect house but it needs some repairs or upgrades. With this program the buyer may purchase the home and then make the repairs after closing. Touchstone Home Inspection can guide a buyer through the process from first evaluation to completion. We follow the project all the way through to ensure that it stays on schedule and that the work is completed in a workmanlike fashion.
Using a Digital Manometer we can map the current state of the foundation as to how level it is. This "As of Date" will give you proof of condition so that should there be an earthquake, flood or other natural disaster you will have documentation for your insurance company before disaster compared to after disaster.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas which comes from the decay of Uranium and is found throughout the United States. The EPA has set a radon action level at 4 PCi/l, (PCi/l is a unit of measurement which indicates the amount of radon inside a home) meaning that it is recommended that action be taken to reduce the radon levels in homes or buildings that are found to be higher than 4 PCi/l. Radon poses more risk to health than drowning, fires, toxic waste, and pesticides. Have your home tested!