Four Season Inspections
We Offer a Range of Services to Meet Your Inspection Needs
Our home inspection service and supplemental services help inform you about your home.
Residential Home Inspections
This is the core of our business and our passion. A home inspection typically is performed after an accepted offer to purchase a home. Roofing, exterior, structure, electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, insulation and ventilation systems are inspected. As a home inspector I love how every day brings a new home to inspect and new clients to meet. Licensed in Massachusetts, inspections conform to or exceed 266 CMR. Massachusetts has an abundance of homes built across all ages of our region's history. Our inspectors have experience working on homes built before the American Revolution and everything through new construction. However, we have not seen it all! Yankee ingenuity continues to surprise us still. A normal home inspection will have over 200 photographs taken and home inspection reports may take a day or two to be sent after the inspection.
Radon is a radioactive gas given off by naturally occurring radioactive material in the earth. As this radioactive material decomposes, it releases radon gas which then attempts to vent into the atmosphere. Depending on the location of this radioactive material and ventilation pathways in ledge and soil beneath our homes, some homes may have high levels of radon. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Massachusetts' Department of Environmental Protection consider radon gas to be the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Testing for radon gas can inform you if a remediation system is needed, or is functioning properly.
Wood Destroying Insect Inspections
A wood destroying insect inspection is a great way to know what type of insects and where signs of wood destroying insects were found on the property, and if a treatment is recommended if evidence of them is found. Common reasons home buyers add a wood destroying insect inspection to a home inspection is if financing requires it or the home buyer wants to know about the visible evidence of wood destroying insects in the home. If evidence of a wood destroying insect infestation is found, the wood destroying insect report may be used in negotiations with the seller to request treatment.
Many homes which receive their water from private wells should have their water tested. A private well being in need of bacterial treatment is unfortunately common. Mineralogical filtering can also prevent a health hazard from drinking tainted water. A water exam tests for total coliform bacteria, E. coli bacteria, pH, iron, manganese, sodium, hardness, nitrate, chloride, alkalinity, conductivity, nitrite, fluoride, arsenic, lead, and copper. If any of the analytes are found to be outside of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's maximum contaminate levels, a plumber may need to be contacted in order to address the issue. This test is a general test for the purpose of informing prospective buyers about the water quality in the home and is not considered to be compliance testing. Radon in water testing is also available and recommended.