Hawkeye Home Inspections, LLC
|Alvin Miller, ACI, Founder/Owner/Inspector
Check out¬†a Sample Report at: www.HomeGauge.com/report/726736¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Alvin Miller’s Building/Inspector Background
Alvin¬†started building new custom¬†homes in 1970 and has worked the housing industry since.¬†Alvin was a framing/cabinet/trim¬†building contractor/inspector¬†for Olen Stidham General Contractor from 1971 to 1978.
Alvin¬†personally performed¬†every aspects of home¬†building¬†to include designing, architectural, consultation, framing, trim, cabinet making, plumbing, heating, electrical,¬†foundation and¬†concrete works, indepth/exhaustive inspections for repairs,¬†excavating¬†and much, much more.¬†¬†
My¬†indepth¬†experience enables me to inspect your home with “precision” regardless of size, age or design.¬†¬†I am ‘your’¬†Home¬†Qualified¬†Inspector.
Let my experience give you¬†’Complete Confidence’ and ‘Peace-of-Mind’¬†with the large investment in buying¬†your new home when¬†I inspect your house.¬†
What Is A Home Inspection?
A Home Inspector¬†performs a professional,¬†objective visual examination¬†of¬†the physical¬†condition a home is in at the time the inspection¬†is performed. An inspector is not intended to point out every minor problem, defect or flaw in a home but to detect¬†fire, health, safety and structural issues. I will note¬†maintenance issues¬†for your information.
A Home¬†Inspection¬†by a professional Inspector will reveal problems the average person¬†would not normally¬†see or know¬†how to diagnose¬†and will¬†also¬†point out the positive areas of a home.¬†As your¬†Home Inspector,¬†I provide useful repair and mainteneance¬† information to you, the¬†home buyer.¬†¬†
How do I select the¬†BEST Home¬†Inspector?¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
1.¬† Look for an inspector that has a solid home building background;¬†such an inspector¬†knows how a home is put together and how everything is supposed to work in a home; they have diagnosed problem areas when building,¬†remodeling or renovating homes. They have very ‘first-hand’ experience in taking care of problems in homes.
2.¬† Look for an inspector that is Professionally Trained, AHIT, American Home Inspectors Training Institute¬†and¬†CERTIFIED through¬†a Professional Inspector¬†Organization, like ASHI, American Society of Home Inspectors.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
3. Look for an inspector that is a professional,¬†full time inspector.
Exterior Inspection Components
Landscaping- effects on the foundation; does settling¬†dirt around foundation need attention; trim trees/shrubs; retaining walls.
Windows, Caulking, Siding- is caulking in place to keep water out; condition of windows, siding, trim, etc.
Roof, Chimney, Flashings, Valleys- what condition are they in; are nails exposed; are needed areas tarred/sealed
Water Drainage, Gutters- do gutters keep water away from foundation; does water drain properly
Deck, Porch, Patio, Driveway- what shape are they in; are decks fastened properly; is driveway sloped appropriately
Air Conditioning Condenser- is¬†unit level; does it operate properly; are the lines insulated correctly; does it appear to¬†need servicing.
¬†¬†¬†Interior Inspection Components¬†
Ceilings, Floors, Walls, Windows- are there any stains or¬†holes; general condition of all items.
Plumbing System- check drainage; is there water flow/pressure drop; do toilets operate properly; condition/age of water heater; signs of any leaks/rusting.
HVAC System- efficiency of heating/cooling; does it operate safely; does it appear to be in good shape; has it been serviced properly; does it appear to need repairs.
Electrical System-¬†is system properly sized for house; do breakers/wire sizes correlate; does system appear¬†to be safe; do AFCI & GFCI circuits operate properly.
Attic Area- check: roof sheathing(any water stains from leaks,etc.); proper ventilation(extremely important for proper heating & cooling);¬† make & adequacy of existing insulation; general condition of wood¬†framing and much more.¬†
Structural System-¬† What is general condition of house; were proper framing methods utilized; do floors, beams and roofs appear solid/straight/in good condition;¬†what condition is the¬†foundation in; and much, much more….¬†
These are some highlights of a complete Home Inspection; however, much,¬†much more is entailed in the complete Home¬†Inspection
About Your Inspection
Home inspection¬†costs generally¬†range from¬†$275.00¬†for a small house and up depending on the size and content¬†of the house. A radon measurement fee is normally¬†$125.00 per test.
The home inspection should take from 1-4 hours depending on size of home
An¬†Inspection Agreement¬†gives you full disclosure of what to expect in your inspection. We want you to fully understand the costs, standards, purpose and scope¬†of the inspection,
I request¬†your presence by the close of the home¬†inspection to review inspection¬†report findings, answer any questions you may have referring to¬†the inspection¬†and the integrity of your new home. I want you to fully understand the condition of the home you are about to purchase.
¬†After you review¬†the inspection¬†report and do the walk through, you will feel confident I had your best interest in mind to insure you have a ‘Peace-of-Mind’ in knowing the condition of your new home¬†and feel very¬†confident¬†concerning your investment.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† About Your Inspection¬†Report
It is my job to protect¬†you against surprising, hidden¬†defects in fire, health, safety and structural¬†issues of your home by giving you¬†a very good concept of the condition of your home at the time of the inspection by performing a 500+ point, detailed¬†inspection.¬†
I will record my findings for you, help you understand the implications of¬†any inspection¬†findings, and direct you as necessary to a corrective resolution by recommending top quality contractors to perform any repairs as recommended.
My report is computer generated via HomeGauge, (www.HomeGauge.com)¬†with digital pictures¬†and¬†depictions to areas of concern along with good aspects of your new home. The report is clear and easy to understand.
I make every effort to discover and report any defects or areas of concern to you; this is where my years of experience and ASHI¬†Certification as an inspector¬†are invaluable to you.
For personalized service, please call now to get a price quote and¬†schedule an inspection appointment:
Hawkeye Home Inspections, LLC¬†
Alvin C. Miller
AHIT¬†Certified;¬†¬†ASHI Certified Inspector¬†
40¬†yrs¬†custom home building, designing, renovating & inspecting¬†experience¬†