Inspection

Services

The Home Inspection

When you have found the home you want to purchase, it is essential to have a professional home inspector conduct a Buyer’s Inspection. At Cottonwood Home Inspections, our inspection services follow the rigorous Standards of Practice from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). The components and systems we will inspect include:

  • Foundation & Crawl Spaces

  • Roofing System

  • Structural Components (including columns & piers)

  • Exterior (doors, windows, wall claddings, soffits, fascias)

  • Garage Door Operators

  • Decks, Stoops, Steps, & Railings

  • Drainage Systems

  • Interior (doors, windows, floors, walls, ceilings, stairs)

  • Water Heating Equipment

  • Attic, Insulation, & Ventilation

  • Water Supply & Plumbing System

  • Electrical System

  • Chimneys, Flues, & Vents

  • Heating Equipment & Distribution Systems

  • Central Air Conditioning Equipment & Distribution Systems

  • Built-in Kitchen Appliances

Pre-Listing Inspection

If you’re selling a home, you should ideally have it inspected before you publish a listing ad for the property. This way, we can comprehensively evaluate the home in an effort to identify potential defects that you may want to have repaired before showing the property to prospective buyers. Being able to share information about existing issues also makes it easier to preserve a productive buyer-seller relationship throughout each phase of a real estate transaction.

This radioactive gas may initially form underground, but it doesn’t remain underground forever. Radon can eventually escape from underground pockets, rising into the atmosphere—or in a worst-case scenario, penetrating the underlying structure of homes along the way. Radon is strongly linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, and it’s important to have a home tested by a qualified professional due to radon’s invisible and odorless properties.

VT Dept of Health Radon Facts

We all need access to clean water in order to maintain good health, and that’s why you should have your prospective home’s water supply tested before you commit to a purchase. We’ll collect water samples from both the tap and well to test for coliform bacteria, heavy metals, and other dangerous contaminants.

VT Dept of Health Water Facts

Pre-Offer Inspection

Are you looking at a home but not sure if you want to move forward with the purchase? Our pre-offer inspection provides you a chance to have a professional give you a preliminary inspection. This process is a quicker and a less formal process. The inspector will point out defects as observed, but no report will be generated. This process helps to prepare the buyer with out a large investment.