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MEET YOUR LOCAL HOME INSPECTION TEAM

Trust the tens of thousands of homeowners, just like you, that have given us nothing but 4 and 5-star reviews. HouseMaster inspectors are comprehensively trained and tested annually to meet the industry standards of inspection, reporting, and customer service. We consistently deliver the best home inspection experience possible. It’s easy to see why our customers and the professionals that represent them trust HouseMaster. Proudly serving the people of Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and their neighboring communities.

JOHN BURKE

OWNER/OPERATOR

<p>Meet HouseMaster's Owner, John Burke. &nbsp;He is quite frankly the most thorough inspector in the Hampton Roads area. &nbsp;John was born and raised in New Jersey as one of six children. &nbsp;He became acquainted with Hampton Roads as a child during family vacations to the Outer Banks. &nbsp;He began his career as an inspector in 2003 when he moved South and purchased HouseMaster. &nbsp;John makes an excellent inspector because he is detail oriented and has a vast knowledge of the real estate industry. &nbsp;John shares his knowledge in a liberal and logical fashion that is easy for clients to understand. &nbsp;When he's not working with clients, John enjoys golfing and skiing. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
TREVOR WOODY

INSPECTOR

<p>Trevor came to work for HouseMaster in 2015 after leaving the construction industry. &nbsp;He grew up in Hampton Roads, the son of a real estate agent. &nbsp;Trevor graduated Virginia Weslyan College with a degree in History. &nbsp;He also served our community as an EMT for three years. &nbsp;Trevor has proven to be a thorough and attentive inspector. &nbsp;He shares his knowledge in a format that is easily understood and informative. &nbsp;Trevor is a lover of many outdoor activities including snowboarding and surfing.&nbsp;</p>
MICHELLE LUDWICK

MARKETING DIRECTOR/OFFICE MANAGER

<p>Michelle is the Marketing Director/Office Manager for HouseMaster. &nbsp;She is also known to many as "The Boss". &nbsp;Michelle grew up as a Navy Brat&nbsp;and finally settled in Virginia Beach in 1987. &nbsp;She attended Old Dominion University where she graduated with a Masters Degree in Special Education. &nbsp;She left her 17-year teaching career to help John grow HouseMaster into a multi-inspector firm. &nbsp;She enjoys developing relationships with agents and clients and strives to provide the best customer service possible. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>


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
POOL
SEPTIC/PRIVATE WASTE
PRIVATE WATER
LEAD PAINT SCREENING
MOLD SCREENING
EIFS WATER INTRUSION INSPECTION
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.

POOL

What we inspect:  Inspection includes the visible (above water) pool and or spa elements including assessment of the physical condition of accessible decking, coping , walkways, and other surfaces. exposed electric and plumbing components, the filter and heater, if applicable. Watch us in action!

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.

LEAD PAINT SCREENING

Screening includes: Sample paint on surfaces inside and/or outside of the home following recognized protocol, certified lab analysis. Not intended to determine whether lead is a hazard; rather it determines whether sampled surfaces contain lead-based paint. Sampling can include bulk sampling or use of x-ray fluorescence equipment.

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.

EIFS WATER INTRUSION INSPECTION

EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System, also known as Synthetic Stucco) includes: a visual inspection of exterior areas and testing of one or more exterior walls to determine the type siding material, its condition, evidence of installation deficiencies, and where warranted, limited water intrusion testing using moisture meters and/or other devices.

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.