HouseMaster Home Inspections of Columbus, Portsmouth, and surrounding areas
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YOUR CENTRAL OHIO

HOME INSPECTION PROFESSIONALS

YOUR LOCAL HOUSEMASTER TEAM

Tens of thousands of homeowners, just like you, have given HouseMaster nothing but 4 and 5-star reviews. HouseMaster of Central Ohio knows what it takes to deliver the highest quality home inspections possible. We’ve been doing that since 1979, and it is part of what makes us the oldest and most trusted nationwide home inspection company. It’s easy to see why HouseMaster customers and real estate professionals recommend us to their friends and family. Proudly serving the people ofZanesville, Columbus, New Albany, Westerville, Bremen, Baltimore and their neighboring communities.

STEVE GUNN

HOME INSPECTOR - OHI.20196138

<p>Steve has been working with HouseMaster for over four years. He lives in Grove City, Ohio with his wife and wonderful dog. He has two sons and four grandchildren. Steve enjoys bicycling, working out, and traveling in his free time.&nbsp;</p> <p>His background is in building new YMCA's and renovating buildings while working for the various communities in and around central Ohio for over 20 years. He is trained with NIBI (National Institute of Building Inspectors) to do home inspections.&nbsp;</p> <p>Steve's desire is to do the best possible inspection for his clients and to calm the fears of first time buyers. He enjoys answering questions and treats everyone with the utmost professionalism.&nbsp;</p>
KEVIN CLOUSE

HOME INSPECTOR - OHI.2019006176

KAREN BURDETTE

OFFICE MANAGER

<p>Karen has worked for HouseMaster&nbsp;many years now and loves her job. When you call to book your home inspection or have any questions, Karen will be the one who answers your call and assists in any way she can to make your home inspection process less stressful. She believes in providing excellent customer service.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
"Extremely thorough inspection. They caught things that I wouldn&rsquo;t have known to look for and used language in the report that was easy to understand. Well worth the price!"

– Brittany W. and Amber P.
Portsmouth, OH

"Very friendly!! Very fast to answer phone calls and get back with me about questions."

– Alexis J.
Portsmouth, OH

"Steve was great. I appreciate his attention to detail!"

– Sarah A.
Columbus, OH

"I was super impressed with the level of detail in the report and the amount of time that was spent at this house. The first house I bought there was barely anything done which is what I anticipated for this. But Kevin was at my house for about 5 and 1/2 hours. His report was near 50 pages long (grant it, there was a lot wrong with the house which is why it was so long). The company was very quick and responsive and I was able to get my inspection scheduled immediately which is perfect with the crazy market!"

– Nicole O.
Plain City, OH

"Detailed report honest answers from the inspector. Would recommend to anyone looking to buy or sell a home for great info."

– Josh L.
McDermott, OH

"The guys showed real attention to detail and were incredibly timely with the inspection and report. They took the time to explain the summary of work that the house needed. Great service and it&rsquo;s really appreciated when making such a large life decision."

– Michelle S.
Frazeysburg, OH

"This was the 2nd whole house that was completed by Adam. He is thorough. The first inspection saved us thousands of dollars by making an investment into a home that had significant issues. He is definitely the buyers best friend."

– Janelle M. and Nick L.
Stout, OH

"Adam was very knowledgeable and thorough while completing my inspection. He was able to answer all of my questions and the completed report gave specific details and pictures of any call outs. Great experience!"

– Kaitlyn B.
Westerville, OH

"From the very beginning they have been extremely helpful and friendly. The inspector Adam, performed his services on schedule and was very kind enough to review everything over the phone in addition to giving me a very complete and thorough written report . Any questions or concerns I had he answered in language I could understand . Their website is very user friendly."

– Linda M.
Wheelersburg, OH

"Kevin was great. Very insightful without scaring me with anything he found. Great to answer questions and I understand why my realtor likes working with him so much."

– John S.
Powell, OH

"Very professional and courteous. Answered all my questions with real answers. Thank you for being such an important part of my home buying experience"

– Nicole R.
Columbus, OH

"very quick to set up appointment and thorough inspection/report."

– Dana A.
Proctorville, OH

"Kevin was very knowledgeable and helpful. He pinpointed problems within The home and explained why they were problems in detail. The customer service I received from Karen was also very pleasant."

– Zack M.
Millersport, OH

"Prompt response to request for inspection and though explanations to the buyer for any repairs needed or recommended."

– Shirley M.
Zanesville, OH

"Adam was thorough on every inch of the house. He took several pictures and explained everything. If you need a house inspection, don't look anywhere else. Call Adam with HouseMasters today!"

– Tracie H.
South Point, OH

"We found Matt to be very personable and informative. He took an interest in our new home as if he would be buying it for himself and his family. I feel that Housemasters has provided wonderful valuable service. Thank you for your help and availability for continued service as needed."

– Richard J. and Debbie S.
New Concord, OH

"Adam got me in super quick and was very thorough during the entire process. The report, was super detailed including the attachments of pictures to explain what he saw. Made the process of purchasing our first home super easy."

– Ian W.
Ashland, KY

"Adam McClintic did an amazing job! He went above and beyond to look at every detail humanly possible while inspecting. There wasn't a square inch of the house he missed. From start to finish, Adam and Karen kept us informed. The pricing was better than anything I could ever imagine, too. Once the inspection was finished, he sat down with us and explained every detail he found of concern. He was very patient (our three-year-old was with us) and kind. He didn't get frustrated or act bothered when questions were asked. He was knowledgeable, kind, polite, and caring. It was our first time meeting, but he didn't treat us like strangers. Which is a hard thing to find this day and age. I would recommend Adam McClintic ten times out of ten for anyone looking to buy or update any kind of real estate. You can't beat his prices. Most importantly, his attention to detail combined with his experience, knowledge, and superb customer service makes him the best of the best. Peace of mind is priceless; finding peace of mind requires trust. Adam McClintic is someone you can trust!"

– Shane B.
South Point, OH

"Needed a fast inspection to meet closing deadline. These guys came short notice at no extra cost."

– Barry H.
Byesville, OH

"Everyone I spoke to and worked with was kind and professional. They were incredibly detailed and organized. The report was easy to read and understand. Karen at the office was fabulous and Adam my inspector was on time and thorough. I would highly recommend them."

– Kim P.
Blacklick, OH

"Adam is very professional and a very welcome expert in so many areas"

– Wendy S. Cutler Real Estate
Columbus, OH

"Straightforward report that clearly outlines areas to be addressed. Also for a pre-sale inspection, they will come back to update the report upon completion of repairs."

– Lance K.
Columbus, OH

"The inspection was thorough and the report was easy to understand and complete. The inspector was professional and friendly. Would definitely recommend you company to family and friends."

– Diana S.
Wheelersburg, OH

"Kevin does a great job at inspecting and relating back to the client his findings. He is thorough and takes the time to explain and seek understanding from the client. I highly recommend him to all my clients!"

– Mary P. , Coldwell Banker Realty
Newark, OH

"Timely, thorough, knowledgeable, and friendly! Excellent experience!!"

– Corinna and Shane A.
Heath, OH

"They were absolutely amazing to work with! Good customer service is really important to me, and they nailed it. From my first call through the end of the inspection they were so helpful and thorough. They answered all of my questions and made sure I fully understood everything on the inspection report. I will for sure use HouseMaster again in the future!"

– Lindsay L.
Rockbridge, OH

"Very detailed report and the people who represent the company were very helpful. I've used this company in the past, and I continue to come back when I need inspections taken care of. They answer all questions with knowledge and respect to the customer."

– Larry L.
Zanesville, OH

"Scheduling multiple inspections with one company.Your comprehensive list of services to help with all aspects of moving."

– Eric J.
Columbus, OH

"The agent was very professional and helpful with all questions and concerns. As a first time home buyer, didn't have much information or direction with the inspection process. All my questions was answered and feel very positive about the future home purchase. I received the home inspection report the same day and was ready to talk to the seller the next morning on the items that most be fixed before we can close."

– Richard C.
Portsmouth, OH

"Kevin was great. He looked at everything, took pictures, answered questions. He came highly recommended, and for good reason. Thanks for taking the time, buying a home is stressful at best, you made it a bit easier."

– Dustin C.
Hebron, OH

"VERY professional, knowledgeable, and all around great service. Their feedback is very organized through a PowerPoint like presentation with descriptions and recommendations."

– Nate B.
Portsmouth, OH

"Professional, very accurate and detailed inspection."

– Mohammad N.
Columbus, OH

"I liked how in depth the report was and how easy it was to understand."

– Ciara E.
Portsmouth, OH

INSPECTION SERVICES

ROOFING
EXTERIOR ELEMENTS
INTERIOR ELEMENTS
FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE
KITCHEN
HEATING SYSTEM
COOLING SYSTEM
ELECTRICAL
PLUMBING
ROOFING

What we inspect: Visible roof covering materials, (shingles), flashings at roof penetrations and valleys, skylights, chimneys, gutters and downspouts. We assess the condition of these elements for proper function; looking for evidence of leakage or worn, damaged, or missing components. Watch us in action!

EXTERIOR ELEMENTS

Here is what we inspect: Visible siding and trim, windows, doors, garages, porches, decks, stairs, and railings. We assess the elements for proper construction and function; looking for damage, missing components or other conditions that might lead to infiltration or functional concerns. Watch us in action!

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

What we inspect: visible areas of all walls, ceilings, stairways, representative windows and doors, and attic areas for signs of leakage and damage, sagging or other structural concerns. Windows will be operated to determine function. In accessible attics, besides assessing structural components, we will note insulation and ventilation conditions. Watch us in action!

FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE

What we inspect: Visible load-bearing framing components, foundation walls, slabs, piers and columns and major structural components. Visible, accessible structural components will be assessed for function and presence of damage, decay or defects. We look for water penetration at below grade areas. Watch us in action!

KITCHEN

What we inspect: Plumbing fixtures and built-in appliances. We check plumbing fixtures looking for water pressure or drainage issues and visible signs of leaks. We check basic operational modes of the appliances and ventilators and look at cabinets and countertops for significant deficiencies.  Watch us in action!

HEATING SYSTEM

What we inspect: Visible components of the central AC or heat pump system including condensers and air handlers, and the distribution ductwork. We operate the systemto assess function and condition of the accessible indoor/ outdoor components. The distribution system will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

COOLING SYSTEM

What we inspect: Visible components of the central AC or heat pump system including condensers and air handlers, and the distribution ductwork. We operate the systemto assess function and condition of the accessible indoor/ outdoor components. The distribution system will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

ELECTRICAL

What we inspect: Visible service panels components and household wiring and devices. We assess the condition of readily accessible panel components, note the presence of GFCIs, AFCIs, smoke alarms and check the operation of representative outlets, switches, fixtures and other devices. Watch us in action!

PLUMBING

What we inspect: Visible water supply piping, distribution piping, waste system piping, water heaters and plumbing fixtures. Also includes inspection of the physical condition of piping, kitchen and bathroom fixtures; tubs, showers, toilets, and operation to assess flow, drainage and leakage. Water heating components will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

RADON SCREENING
WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS
WATER TESTING
SEPTIC/PRIVATE WASTE
PRIVATE WATER
MOLD SCREENING
NEW CONSTRUCTION
COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION
THERMAL IMAGING
RADON SCREENING

A short-term test is performed to determine the possible presence of elevated levels of radon gas pursuant to local regulations or practices for real estate transactions. Radon is an odorless, colorless and radioactive byproduct of natural soil decay known to increase the risk of cancer in those exposed.

WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS

A Termite Inspection (also referred to as a Wood Destroying Inspection or Wood Destroying Organism Inspection) includes a visual examination of the readily accessible areas of the home for evidence of wood-destroying insect activity such as termites, or carpenter ants or the visible damage caused by infestations.

WATER TESTING

Water testing services include taking a water sample following accepted protocols with analysis of samples performed by a certified lab. General options include a basic water Potability test for Coliform (bacteria) and other elements such as Nitrate/Nitrite, Hardness, Acidity (pH). Expanded testing options may include volatile organic compounds (fuels), heavy metals (lead, etc.) or other elements required or recommended by local authorities or common practice such as when a property is located in close proximity to agricultural land, mining, dry cleaning establishments, gas stations, industrial facilities, landfills, or other known or suspected local hazards exist.

SEPTIC/PRIVATE WASTE

What we inspect: water flow of the interior drain system and area over the drainage field. Determine whether the water flows freely into the system from the house and readily apparent defects. Does not include inspection of buried or concealed components, soil testing, excavation of system components or opening or pumping of the tank.

PRIVATE WATER

A private on-site water supply (well) system inspection involves an inspection of visible interior pumps, piping, pressure and/or storage tanks and an assessment of the water flow (volume/pressure) from representative fixtures based on a representative water draw from plumbing fixtures. A well inspection does not include inspection of any buried or concealed components, determination of the water supply/source adequacy (yield or well capacity) or water quality.

MOLD SCREENING

Screening includes: air and/or surface (bulk) sampling to determine presence of elevated levels of mold spores or verify presence of a mold growth.  Includes one air sample in one interior area and one outdoor control sample, with surface sampling of random or requested suspect mold growths. Processed by a qualified lab to determine results.

NEW CONSTRUCTION

Inspections include: draw inspection (verification of installed elements for lender release of funds); phase inspections (conducted at several stages of the construction process); and inspections of new homes ready for occupancy and assessment of the condition of installed components to supplement code compliance inspection provided by local authorities.

COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY

Inspections include: inspection of the visible and readily accessible areas of the roof, structure, mechanical and electric components of the public areas of a building, as well as all or representative individual dwelling or office/store units, as requested by the client.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION

This inspection involves: a review of the condition of the exterior and interior components of a home and the systems. Includes review of the roof, flashings, insulation issues, heating and air conditioning units, grading, the proper function of appliances and plumbing, electric components, smoke alarms for deferred maintenance and recommended action. 

THERMAL IMAGING

Thermal imaging services make use of an infrared imaging camera that can detect the thermal energy (heat) emitted from an object. Thermal imaging measurements indicate temperature differentials that may help diagnose a myriad of potential concerns in a home or building such as heat loss or gain and waste leakage.