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ABOUT US
Your inspector - 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 400 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.
From his military service, Dave learned that "You get what you inspect, NOT what you expect!" which is his company's tagline.
We are in full compliance with requirements and standards established by Montanna State Law and the American Society of Home Inspectors, ASHI.

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.

We adhere to the Standard 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: SAMPLE REPORT

What We Inspect

A home inspection is a non invasive, visual inspection of a house including those items that are readily visible in plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, interior, exterior, attic and basement or crawl space.

Services:

Fireplace
driveway
appliances
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 distributors, 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, floor cracks baseboards, railings, doors and windows, etc.
Insulation and Ventilation: Attics, walls, floors, foundations, kitchen and bathrooms, etc.

Are you selling or buying a home Corvallis, MT area? Let us inspect your home for you. Our home inspection services will be tailored to your budget and needs. Whether you are a buyer or a seller our easy-to-read and well described report will help you to make a better informed buying decision.

We can provide pre-listing inspections at different cost points to help the seller know what will be found by another home inspector so they can correct as many problem areas as they are able to. This will prevent any surprises during the sale process. We use the FHA Minimum Property Standards as guidelines for pre-listing inspections.

Additional Fees/Services

Water Testing

Here in Montana many houses get their water from private wells. Since this is the case, we are often asked to perform water samples during the inspection. This is sometimes required by the lender and they will have specific requirements for testing. I believe that it is prudent to know what is in the water you and your family will be drinking. Water tests range from only testing for bacteria to a compete water analysis and the fees from the lab are priced accordingly.

Bacteria Water Test - Total Coliform Bacteria: $30.00
Loan Package (Required for FHA, VA, HUD Loans): Total Coliform Bacteria, Nitrates/Nitrites, Lead: Total Cost $130.00
EPA suggested "Bare Minimum" {+Arsenic and Fluoride) package
"What is in my drinking water?" package
"Comprehensive" drinking water package
"Complete" drinking water package

Additional fees can apply to inspect these systems:

Multiple Unit Inspections
Multiple Garages and Outbuildings
Square footage over 3000 Sg. Ft.

Special Inspection Services

Additional fees and licensed contractors required for these services:

Mold Sampling/Survey
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Testing
Radon Testing
Septic System Inspection
Water Well Inspection
Water Testing

There are many other types of property inspections offered by home inspectors, depending on your needs:

Standard Home Inspections
Pre-Listing Inspections
Pre-Purchase Inspections
New Construction Inspections
Multiunit Inspections
Townhouses
Condominiums
Annual Maintenance Checkup
Specific Inspections (available upon request)
Photographic Documentation

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.

Home Inspection

At Touchstone Home Inspection we follow the Standard 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:

Home Owner's Resource
Home Owner's Resource
90 Day Warranty
Sewer Gard
Recall Chek
Radon Protection Plan
Mold Safe
Platinum Roof Protection Plan

Foundation Certification Inspection

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: david.ritchie146@gmail.com. I can gather the necessary information while conducting a standard home inspection which will save me time and you money.

FHA 203k Consulting

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.

Radon Measurement

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!

Infrared Scanning

Touchstone Home Inspection Services can provide various Infrared Scanning Procedures to include moisture, energy, block walls and flat roofs.
Often we can help identify the problem source, saving time and money in repairs.

Foundation Level Surveys

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.

The following section details more information about our "Inspection Bundle". These services are provided with each home inspection at no charge. Please watch the included videos for more information and view and or download a PDF for the specific warranty coverage. We look forward to serving you.


Recall Chek Service

Recall Chek will match your appliances with known recalls and inform you with contact information to get the appliance repaired at no cost.
Recall Chek Video

90 Day Warranty

We provide a limited 90 Day Warranty on what we inspect. This will work in conjunction with any other warranty provided in the transaction.
90 Day Warranty Video

Sewer Gard Warranty

Sewer Gard is a 90 day warranty on the underground portion of the sewer and water lines from the house to the connection point to public or private systems.
Sewer Gard Video

Mold Safe Warranty

This 90 day program will take care of re-mediating any visible mold that was not discovered during the inspection due to stored personal items.
Mold Safe Protection Plan [PDF]     Watch Video

Platinum Roof Protection Plan

This is for any new leaks that may develop within 5 years of the inspection.
Premium Roof Warranty Video

Radon Protection Plan

Plan will provide protection for 120 days following radon test conducted by Touchstone Home Inspection Services if that test is the first one done within 6 months and the results come back less than 4PCi/l. Should another test be conducted by a certified individual and come back above that threshold, this coverage will provide up to $1200.00 after a $250 deductible is met.
Radon Protection Plan [PDF]

Agents -> Enroll in Recall Trak: AGENT SIGN UP

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 is 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 3 to 5 hours depending upon size and age of the home or 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.

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TOUCHSTONE HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, Inc.

1563 Silver Sage Lane Corvallis, MT 59828
406-802-4342
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