• Sellers Tips
    • Sellers can speed up their home inspection by following these simple suggestions. The inspection of your property will go smoother, with fewer concerns that could delay closing.
    • Ten Tips for a Better Inspection

      • Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
      • Ensure pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
      • Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a "Light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
      • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
      • Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
      • Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited as "conducive conditions" for termites.
      • Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
      • Unlock areas the inspector must access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.
      • Trim tree limbs to 10' from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.
      • Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.
  • Saving Energy
    • 16 Tips for Saving Energy Consumption in Your Home
      • Check with your utility company for rebates whenever you install energy-saving equipment.
      • Add more energy-efficient insulation to your attic, preferably with a resistance rating of R-30 to R-38 in Pennsylvania.
      • Turn down your home thermostat two degrees and save 24 -kilowatt hours a month. It might not sound like much, but it adds up.
      • Buy a programmable thermostat, especially if your home is vacant most of the day. Set it to turn on a half hour before anyone arrives home.
      • Adjust your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and wait. Turning your thermostat up or down dramatically wasted energy and increases your heating costs.
      • Lower you hot water thermostat 10 degrees, but no less than 120 degrees. You'll still get all the hot water you need and save 25-kilowatt hours a month.
      • Fix leaky faucets. One drip a second is 20 kilowatts a month. - Invest in weather-stripping kits if you've got drafty doors, and windows.
      • Trade your standard incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs. They are more energy-efficient, last for years instead of months, consume little power and generate little heat.
      • Turn off your computer when not in use, or use the energy-saving"sleep"mode.
      • Seal energy leaks. Caulk over cracks and small holes around windows and exterior walls. Look carefully around plumbing pipes, telephone wires, dryer vents, sink and bathroom drains and under counter tops.
      • Participate in your power company's special energy-saving program. Some programs shut down electric appliances for short bursts of time during peak hours. You hardly notice the difference at the time, but you will notice a difference when you get your bill.
      • Buy major appliances that sport the "Energy Star" sticker. That shows the appliance meets or exceeds standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
      • Consider a front-loading washing machine. They use 50 percent less energy and one-third less water. Plus, they remove far more water in the rinse cycle, and that translates into big savings in dryer time.
      • When building a home or replacing a roof, select a roof based more on energy efficiency than how it looks. Light-colored roofs, such a white, galvanized metal or cement tile, do the best job of reflecting the sun, and cool quickly at night.
      • Landscaping with the right mix of trees and shrubs can lower your energy bills by blocking winter winds or the summer sun.
  • What Qualifications Or Credentials Should An Inspector Offer?
    • As with any professional organization, the home inspector should be Licensed, Insured and Certified by a professional organization. Every LDS Inspector is fully insured, licensed in all areas where it is required, has passed the National Home Inspectors Exam (the industry standard for knowledge), is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) as well as a member of the Association of Construction Inspectors (ACI) and the Home Inspection Foundation.
  • What Is a Home Inspection?
    • A home inspection is a professional, impartial, nondestructive, visual evaluation of both the positives and negatives of a property. Home inspections have become common for most home buyers in most parts of the United States. When done properly, a home inspection is an excellent tool for reducing the risk of unanticipated expenses, but due to the limitations of visual inspection, no home inspection can fully eliminate that risk.
  • What Will My Home Inspection Cover?
    • Our thorough Inspections cover everything from the roof to the foundation, meeting and exceeding all industry Standards of Practice. See the Our Services section for a more detailed description.
  • Why Do I Need An Inspection?
    • The purchase of a home should be an informed decision. A two to three hour inspection identifies defective conditions, maintenance requirements, and equipment or components which are likely to require replacement within the first few years of ownership.
  • I Have A Friend Who Is A Contractor, Why Can't He Perform The Inspection?
    • This is the biggest mistake many potential buyers/sellers/homeowners make. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection training and expertise is a unique and like no other. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.
  • Why Inspect New Construction?
    • The main source of supervision for most construction projects are municipal building inspectors. In some municipalities, inspectors are qualified professionals and the department is adequately staffed to allow a thorough inspection of new construction sites. In others, much is left to be desired. Considering the size of your investment, additional oversight is highly desirable. At LDS Inspections we have trained and certified (Association of Construction Inspectors) professional New Construction Inspectors who are familiar with the newest building codes and construction methods. Armed with this knowledge and expertise we can quickly uncover shoddy workmanship or improper installations.
  • How Much Does An Inspection Cost?
    • The inspection fee is based upon the age, style, and size of the property. Call our office for a quote or look within our services area. Payment, by cash or check, is due upon completion of the inspection.
  • When Should I Call The Home Inspector?
    • The time to call in the home inspector is after signing the agreement of sale. During our busiest season, scheduling may be necessary up to a week in advance, so be sure to allow enough time in your agreement.
  • Do I Need To Be Present At the Inspection?
    • While it is not required that clients be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. A report cannot make up for the absence of two to three hours of personal dialogue.
  • How Long Will The Inspection Take?
    • A typical inspection will take about 2-3 hours to complete depending on the condition, size and age of the home.
  • When Will I Get My Report?
    • You will receive a written report with photos within 24 hours of the inspection via e-mail in PDF format. Then in a few days you will receive the entire report in a binder format via regular mail. Along with your printed report you will receive tips on maintaining your new home, radon information, fire safety information and energy saving tips.
  • Why Can't I Have My Report Immediately?
    • Some companies offer a report immediately upon completion of the inspection, but we believe in taking the time to double check our work to ensure the most accurate report possible.

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