Inspection Services

Buyers Inspection
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 have over 15 years of Building Science experience that allows us to see the home like no other professional. These skills allow us to understand the home and make sure you do before buying it.

Sellers Inspection
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 negotiations. Homes that have been pre-inspected by the Seller tend to sell faster on the market because there is improved transparency that this house is “ready to go”!

Warranty Inspection
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. 

New Construction Inspection
Course of Construction Inspections: We are fortunate to have a lot of good builders in our area, however, we are all only as good as our weakest link.  Too often we find construction defects that could have been easily corrected in the construction stage that are much more costly once the house is finished and the builder and all their sub-contractors and suppliers have moved on.  We recommend having a new home inspected in the pre-drywall stage, at the completion of construction and once more prior to your one year builder’s warranty (when offered).  During the pre-drywall stage, we have one last opportunity to examine the structure and rough mechanicals before they are covered up forever.  We can also make the builder aware of any other expectations we have for when we return for the final inspection.  At the completion of construction, we are able to see what the builder’s finished product looks like and examine how it operates.  Prior to closing is the best time to negotiate should more intrusive work need to be done.  North Carolina requires builders to warranty their homes for one full year.  A home inspection is a visual inspection of the property, at the time of inspection, and there are some issues that may appear within the first 12 months that are not readily apparent at time of the new inspection.

Thermal Imaging Inspection
Infrared cameras allow us to see problems with homes that the naked eye cannot see. Examples include missing insulation, missing air barriers, moisture problems, etc. BPE, Inc. has three different thermal imaging cameras that have high resolution and professional quality. While the infrared cameras are not magical, they certainly seem that way we are allowed to looking inside a wall that is otherwise opaque.

Radon Testing
BPE, Inc. provides continuous radon testing services with a Sun Nuclear 1027 radon monitor. This is a 48 hour test that produces lab quality results locally. Watauga County has the highest designation for Radon in the entire country. This is an important test that should be performed every few years.

Construction Draw/Phase
This type of inspection is for banks or insurance companies who want Quality Assurance Fieldwork. This means that we work with the lender to ensure that particular checklists have been accomplished correctly so the next leg of funding can be processed or received.

Combustion Safety Inspection
Due to the nature of this inspection, combustion safety testing is not performed under the NC Home Inspector License. However, BPE, Inc. is happy to offer a Building Performance Institute (BPI) combustion safety test on any type of residence or small commercial space. This includes gas leak detection, worst case depressurization testing, ambient Carbon Monoxide testing, and undiluted Carbon Monoxide testing on all combustion appliances (furnaces, boilers, water heaters, monitors, etc.

Classic Energy Audit
Like the combustion safety inspection, the energy audit is only offered through BPE’s traditional services. This audit entails the use of a blower door and thermal camera to evaluate the home for energy issues. Typically, this includes a walk thru the attic, basement/crawlspace, as well as the main house. Issues found will be prioritized for energy savings or health and safety. BPE have performed over 500 of these and has a beautiful report to show the results.

Duct Leakage Testing
Did you know that the typical HVAC duct system leaks over 30% of its conditioned air before it ever enters the conditioned space? That equates to 30% of  your heating and cooling bill flying out the window. BPE, Inc. uses a Minneapolis Duct Blaster to measure duct leakage in homes. We can not only tell you how air is leaking out, but we can also show you where the holes are so it can be corrected.

Energy Modeling
BPE, Inc. has over 30 years experience in the world of building science. We use several pieces of software to help us predict the nature of energy use. We can model the energy cost of buildings before they are even started. This amazing tool allows builders or homeowners to ask what if we built with x or y. The software allows us to predict the outcome of hundreds of options at the click of a button. Software used includes RESCheck, COMCheck, REMRate, and WrightSoft Universal Manual J software.

BPE, Inc. is a building science subcontractor for hire. We help folks in many different ways including professional consulting. This role allows us to be your sounding board as you try new ideas, or we can negotiate with contractors for maximum building performance. Typical situations include us giving advice on remodels, moisture management in buildings, comfort issues, indoor air quality, and combustion safety.

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