Home inspectors and home inspections are related to code inspections, but focus on different things and are for a completely different purpose. The required credentials for home inspectors also differ from that of code inspectors and of professional engineers.
A home inspection is a visual, non-invasive inspection that focuses on a home's:
- Structural Components
- Electrical System
- Insulation and Ventilation
- Built-in Kitchen Appliances
Within each of these home's systems or sub systems, the home inspection follows a standard of practice that dictates how the inspection is to be performed and where a home inspector needs to go and does not need to go. For example, while some home inspectors go on roofs, going on the roof is not a required part of a home inspection. Those that do it are going above and beyond the standards of practice. Any home inspector may go beyond the standards of practice as a courtesy, or in response to a special request from the client.
Home Inspector Qualifications
In Pennsylvania, the minimum credentials for a home inspector are that the inspector be a full, professional member in full standing of a national home inspector association. Examples of national home inspection agencies are interNACHI, ASHI, and AAAHI. They also must maintain certain insurance policies.
In addition, a licensed professional engineer or a licensed architect may function as a home inspector. They must also meet the insurance requirements.
Saturn Inspection Agency employs home inspectors with the highest credentials in the industry (see bottom of page for specific certifications). We possess:
Home Inspection Equipment
We have invested in an extensive array of inspection tools to ensure your home is inspected thoroughly and properly. Our equipment includes, but is not limited to:
- Full range multimeters to measure electricity
- GFCI and receptacle testers
- Moisture meters
- Thermal infrared imaging
- Smart levels
- Small and large ladders to access any space at height
- Radon measuring instruments
- Voltage detectors
- Carbon Monoxide and Combustible Gas Detectors
- Inspection lights and mirros
- Tyvek coveralls
- Head mounted flashlights
- Full face masks with air filter
- Water sampling kits
- Multiple cameras
- State of the art inspection report software
- Wireless cameras mounted on pole probes
- 360 degree camera/video
Quote or Schedule an Inspection
Inspection fees vary by the size of the home, the number of stories, the age of the home, the condition of the basement, the presence of decks, the presence of an attached garage, whether any ancillary (outbuildings) need to be inspected, if any professional engineering services are included in the inspection, and whether any ancillary inspections are scheduled.
Please call 610-698-4010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free quote.
Ancillary services include, but are not limited to:
- Radon testing
- Wood destroying insect inspections
- Well performance test and inspection
- Water testing
- Any inspection/assessment that would be classified as engineering and not as a home inspection