WHAT TO EXPECT

Magnolia Property Consultants combines experience and technically advanced equipment to evaluate the visible and accessible interior and exterior structure, system and components. You should expect to learn a great deal about the structural properties of a home as well as the importance of architectural design and the necessary quality of workmanship that must be met for all of these systems to function properly. Your written report from our Nashville home inspector will include visible defects that were seen on the day of the inspection, from our roof, exterior, interior, electrical, secptic inspection and more, listed in an easy-to-read format.

All of my clients are offered free 45 minute consultation after the inspection, preferably in person or by phone. I will talk with you candidly about the need for repair, future maintenance expectations and faulty construction concerns that might warrant the review of a structural engineer.

Each of our inspections cover the following points:

Roof Inspection

Our home inspector will walk on all roofs when it is safe and conditions permit

  • The roof covering, noting missing shingles and signs of wear
  • Flashings, valleys, skylights, vents and other roof penetrations
  • Gutters, downspouts and overhangs
  • Any visible structural problems (sagging roof, etc.)

Exterior Inspection

Our Nashville home inspector will check a representative number of windows

  • Doors and windows, weather stripping, caulking, cracks, fogging
  • Vegetation surrounding the house,
  • Siding, flashing, and trim
  • Inspect condition of decks, stoops, stairs, porches and railings
  • Exterior siding, brick or insulated finishing systems(Eifs,) including paints, stains, and sealant
  • Driveway, sidewalks, retaining walls adjacent to home
  • Grading around house
  • Surface drainage, retaining walls, or signs of soil erosion

Attic Inspection

  • Structural condition of attic bracing
  • Ventilation and insulation
  • Visible roof leaks or stains caused from leakage
  • Signs of mold or mildew

Structural, Basement, and Crawl Space Inspection

  • Active water penetration in basement or crawlspace
  • Grading near exposed wood framing and siding
  • Signs of settling
  • Cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may present safety concerns

Heating and Cooling Inspection

Describes the energy source and heating method

  • Overflow pan and condition of condensation drain
  • Overall visible condition of ductwork
  • Visible condition and type of heating system
  • Thermostat operation
  • Presence and condition of accessible filter
  • Temperature difference from air exiting registers
  • Recommendation on service of HVAC equipment by technician that offers their implied warranty

Plumbing and Septic Inspection

  • Location of interior main shutoff valve
  • Visible leaks in piping, traps and valves
  • Drains, waste and vent systems
  • Function, flow, and drainage of fixtures and faucets
  • Water heater and presence of temperature relief valve and venting, combustion air
  • Running all toilets to inspect for loose attachment and malfunctioning tank systems
  • Sump pump, float, drain and automatic shut off function

Electrical Inspection

Our home inspector will test a representative number of receptacles, switches and light fixtures

  • Service line cables and main disconnect and report on conditions
  • Meter box connection and faults
  • Proper grounding and bonding
  • Panel, service size ,and condition (including breakers and fuses)
  • Visible wiring and connectors
  • Inspection of a representative number of outlets for function and polarity
  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters function
  • Inspection of a representative number of switches and light fixtures
  • Presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring
  • Smoke detectoion units

Interior Inspection

  • Operation of doors, screens, sliding doors
  • Windows with visible moisture intrusion, in need of repair, or evidence of broken seals
  • Walls, ceilings, floors, shelving in closets
  • Signs of moisture intrusion, excessive condensation and visible mold or mildew
  • Working condition of appliances
  • Moisture problems, caulking, cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Abnormalities in flooring, tile, carpets
  • Visible cosmetic problems as a result of larger structural problems
  • Operation of garage door and safety sensors

Chimney and Fireplace Inspection

  • Operation of damper in fireplace, if accessible and operable
  • Hearth extension and other permanently installed components
  • Visible areas in need of repair in firebox
  • Fireplace clearance from combustible materials
  • Chimney, flue cap, crown and flashing
  • Cracking or other structural issues in chimney bricks
  • Signs of deteriorating mortar
  • Professional chimney sweep recomendations for inspection of creosote buildup

There's a lot that goes into our high-quality home inspections, and its why more buyers are choosing Magnolia. If you'd like to see more about what goes in to a septic inspection, roof inspection, or other Nashville home inspection service, please download this free sample report.

RADON GAS

Radon is a radioactive gas that has no smell, taste or color. Radon gas is produced by decaying uranium found in nearly all soil and rock, including the dirt and soil that is in your crawlspace, under your basement slab and surrounding your home’s foundation walls. As a gas, Radon moves slowly through concrete and concrete block walls, more quickly through uncovered soil in crawlspaces, and becomes most harmful when accumulated in these enclosed spaces. Radon can be measured outdoors at average levels around 1.2 pCi/l and as high as 2,000 pCi/l indoors. When indoor levels are measured after Radon testing at 4 pCi/l the Environment Protection Agency recommends action be taken to reduce the volume of radon gas found in home. Health authorities like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Surgeon General, the American Lung Association, the American Medical Association, and others agree that we know enough now to recommend radon testing in Nashville and to encourage public action when levels are above 4 pCi/L.

The intent of this webpage is to inform you of the facts as they are presented by the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, the Surgeon General, the American Lung Association, the American Medical Association and those independent agencies that have performed numerous health studies. If anything, I encourage you to do your research regarding the matter and form your own opinion as to the potential risks of Radon gas presence in your home.

The average indoor Radon level for Davidson County, as determined by radon testing results by Air Chek, Inc is 5.5 pCi/l. [source]

Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.  “Radon gas causes more deaths than home fires, drowning’s, and airplane crashes combined.” [source]


WHY IS RADON A HAZARD?

Radon gas is unstable, sending radioactive products out into the air as it decays. Those radioactive products can attach themselves to dust in the air turning the dust into carcinogens. When those carcinogens are inhaled, becoming trapped in the sensitive lung tissue, they release radioactive particles that travel only a short distance with high energy, wounding these cells they come in contact with. When enough of these energized particles are released on cells (being wounded over and over again) the DNA chain can be penetrated and broken, altering the DNA makeup of all cells that continue to split from that ‘broken’ or mutated/cancerous cell.

The Surgeon General warns that Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Breathing this radioactive gas over prolonged periods is a significant health risk to families all over the country. Magnolia Property Consultants, LLC provides Radon inspection service to measure indoor levels of Radon in Nashville homes.


IS RADON ONLY A PROBLEM IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY?

High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but the only way to know your Nashville home’s Radon level is to schedule a Radon inspection.

EPA Map of TN Radon zones.


WHAT IS THE RISK ASSOCIATED WITH RADON?

Inhalation of Radon gas decay products increases the risk of getting lung cancer. Your chances of getting lung cancer from Radon gas depend on factors such as the home’s radon level, the amount of time you spend in your home and whether you are a smoker or have ever been a smoker. Recent studies estimate that between 15,400 and 21,800 deaths per year are attributable to Radon gas. Radon causes lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers. Click here for more on a study by Dr. William Field on radon-related lung cancer in women.


HOW DO YOU TEST FOR RADON Levels?

Magnolia currently uses the passive method certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for real estate transactions. The tests are left at the property for 48-80 hours and then shipped to the lab for analysis and action recommendation. Magnolia shares those full results solely with its client and are usually available within 7 days of placement of the test. Magnolia is responsible for informing the current Nashville homeowner of the Radon testing procedure, including keeping all windows and outside doors closed, as much as possible, 12 hours prior to and during the test period. Magnolia is responsible for retrieving the tests, sending the test to the lab and informing our clients of the results. We do not share this test results with anyone other than our clients.


IS THERE WAYS OF LOWERING THE LEVELS IN THE HOME?

If your Radon inspection uncovers that you have high Radon gas levels, there are ways to reduce those levels below 4pCi/l. It is better to correct the presence of high levels of Radon gas before placing your home on the market. Radon mitigation professionals specialize in the performance of systems that reduce Radon gas levels, customized to your specific home needs. Magnolia Property Consultants, LLC does not install the mitigation systems.


HOW IMPORTANT ARE POST-MITIGATION TESTS?

Very important! It is the only way to know if your system is working effectively. The Radon professional will leave instructions on how to prepare for and conduct this post-mitigation test.


FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:

A Citizens Guide to Radon EPA
Healthy Tennessee

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Should I attend the inspection?

It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you've seen the property first-hand through the inspector's eyes.


What should I look for in a home inspector

Don’t be afraid to ask the inspector you are considering to explain to you his/her background experience that led them to a home inspection career. The most qualified home inspectors have spent years servicing, remodeling, or building homes as contractors, carpenters or service technicians. Professionals with this experience can have the best knowledge of the workmanship that went in to constructing the home and how individual components affect the performance of the entire system of the home during its lifespan. You want the knowledge and experience of a construction professional who knows the interior as well as exterior stresses that a home undergoes and how a remodel might alter the performance of the structure as a system.

The buying and selling of real estate can be an overwhelming emotional experience as it is often the biggest financial investment most individuals will ever make.  Even the most experienced business professionals have overlooked important construction defects or have failed to ask the most important questions when making a personal real estate purchase because of the emotional euphoria of finding the “home of your dreams” or the offer of a great deal if purchased “as is.” It is important to add a member to your team that can help keep you grounded with the objective facts of the property during this important process. Whether you are purchasing or selling real estate it is important to remove obstacles and unknowns while approaching the negotiation table.

You want an inspector that is a member of an Accredited Association and participates in Ongoing Education.


Why hire an InterNACHI certified inspector?

InterNachi inspectors are certified and trained by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the world's largest nonprofit association of residential and commercial property inspectors. InterNACHI provides its members with accredited training and education, free benefits, expert advice and peer support - all to help them serve their homeowner-clients by providing them with the highest-quality inspections for their largest investments.

AS AN inTERNACHI INSPECTOR:

  • We are committed to on-going education with the industry's most rigorous online Continuing Education and video training courses, which have been awarded hundreds of approvals and accreditations by state and governmental agencies.
  • We adhere to a comprehensive Standards of Practice
  • We abide by a strict Code of Ethics
  • We use state-of-the-art inspection tools and reporting software so that my clients can make informed decisions about the homes they want to buy or sell. Home Inspection Overview.

What is included in a home inspection?

A Home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving the property a physical check-up. As a pedetrician will refer acute issues to a medical specialist, the inspector may recommend further evaluation of visual rust in a heat exchanger to an HVAC technician, for example. The standard home inspector's report will review the condition of the home's heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure. See our services for more details.


How much should I pay for an inspection?

The purchase of a home is the largest single monetary investment many individuals will make in their lifetime. Learning about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs, safety hazards, and minor defects that could lead to future expensive repairs can be invaluable. The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies, depending on a home inspector’s qualifications, depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and additional services, such as septic, well, or radon testing. Magnolia Property Consultants, LLC provides fixed pricing based on the square footage of your home and does not charge more expensive fees in higher-income neighborhoods or for additional mileage driven outside of our normal service area.

The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost. The inspector's qualifications, including his experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration. Magnolia Property Consultants does not offer the cheapest inspection available, but I promise we will earn our fee by our thoroughness and professional approach to the service we provide. Schedule an Inspection Today!


When do I call a Home Inspector?

A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. Before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.


How do I find a Home Inspector?

A good real estate agent can provide you the names of two or three inspectors that past clients have used. Many real estate agents prefer to remain neutral in the area of referrals eliminating the ethical issues that might arise if there is an incentive to referring one inspector over another. Please give us a call at 615-946-5407 and give us a chance to answer any questions! Hopefully our experience and knowledge is enough to earn your business! You are welcome to send us an email of your interest and We will Contact You!

If you are outside the Middle Tennessee area, click here: International Association of Home Inspectors®. This link sends you to a tool, “InspectorSeek” that will provided you several Home Inspectors in your area that are members of InterNACHI.

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