Property inspections can help you buy or sell with confidence. As trained professionals have always tried to provide inspection services that meet and frequently exceed the standards of the industry. Home and business owners can identify problems in the making and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer’s inspector may point out and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs. Our inspection services include:
In both new and older homes, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have us give you a professional home inspection. We are trained to identify problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify which require immediate attention. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a realtor, it’s always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses: we help you answer how serious the problems are and which must be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
New Construction Inspection
Most new construction inspections are divided into three inspection visits. 1. The footing and foundation. 2. Rough frame. 3. ‘Cover inspection’ which occurs just before the drywall contractor installs drywall but all mechanical systems are in place. Some clients prefer all three visits; other clients are satisfied with the ‘cover inspection’ or rough frame and the ‘cover inspection’. We are happy to provide whatever service best suits your individual needs. This relatively inexpensive inspection protects your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises, and ensures the quality home that you’ve dreamed about.
Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. Generally during this period of time the buyer develops a "punch list" of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. It is prudent to obtain our home inspectors list of items that will most likely be repaired by your builder at no cost to you. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grew into something that could cost you a great deal down the road.
Well Water Testing and Septic Inspection
Whether as part of your overall inspection or as a separate service, it is vital to ensure the health and proper functioning of these important systems. We can arrange to have the septic system thoroughly inspected by a licensed drain tile setter. The state of Missouri requires contractors inspecting septic systems to be licensed within the state of Missouri; we know several who we have confidence in. If a septic inspector suspects a problem the contractor will dye test the septic system.
Want to find out how to save money on your utility bills? Have the professionals at Lewis Building Inspections conduct an energy inspection and discover ways to cut energy costs – in many cases with minimal investment or inconvenience. In most instances adding additional insulation and increasing ventilation is very cost effective. Included in the audit are five specific areas closely evaluated:
- Insulation and Ventilation.
- An evaluation of the existing heating system and it‘s efficiency.
- An evaluation of the existing cooling system and the efficiency.
- The domestic hot water system and it‘s efficiency.
- Windows and doors.
Relocation Services and Inspections
For the past 35 years, we have worked with many of the leading corporations in St. Louis, including but not limited to; Anheuser Busch Companies, Chrysler Corporation, General Motors, Southwestern Bell/ AT & T, A.G. Edwards, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Ford Motor Company, and Monsanto.
Our job as a professional home inspection company is to try to alert you, to the extent possible, to potential problems. We do try to identify lead based paint, asbestos, or any other possible environmental hazards. Our inspection is a visual inspection and not invasive; the only definitive way to determine if a product is hazardous or not, would be to take a sample to a testing laboratory. However, because of our years of experience, we can usually identify a product with reasonable certainty. Ours is a non-invasive visual inspection of your property which can alert you to possible problems.
We inspect for these hazards:
- Asbestos: Asbestos material that crumbles easily if sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder is more likely to create a health hazard because it can be inhaled into the lungs, increasing the risk of disease.
- Lead: Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. In general, the older a home, the more likely it has lead-based paint.
- Mold: There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Molds can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances.
- Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations.
- Termites or other wood-destroying organisms: These pests cause serious damage to wooden structures and posts and can also attack stored food, household furniture, and books. Upon request, we can coordinate with a qualified termite inspection professional as part of your property inspection.