WEST CHESTER HOME INSPECTIONS.

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MEET YOUR LOCAL HOME INSPECTION TEAM

We are HouseMaster—the nation’s most trusted name in home inspections. Providing thorough home inspections is what we do best. We consistently deliver the best service, comprehensive inspections and detailed reports, and we have tens of thousands of positive customer reviews prove it. HouseMaster inspectors have access to the most respected training and certification in the industry through National Institute of Building Inspectors, so that you can have confidence you’ve made the right move. Proudly serving the people of Avondale, Unionville, New London, Nottingham, West Grove and their neighboring communities.

LARRY GROVE

OWNER/INSPECTOR

KEVIN GROVE

INSPECTOR

They did a great job !  Picked up on most everything .  The recommendations for other pros to inspect other items were absolutely correct.  Owner repairs are the way to go. If you don't know before the sale its your problem then when you sell it is your disclosure . Buyer beware.  Best co. we have ever used.

– Debra C.
West Chester, PA

As first time home buyers, Kevin and Larry were very informative and helpful. They were happy to answer any questions we had. The report was available within only a few hours of the inspection.

– Jillian and David S.
Malvern, PA

Kevin was very thorough with his inspection and knowledgeable about any topic that I threw his way. I would highly recommend HouseMaster.

– Mark M.
West Chester, PA

The guys who did my home inspection were very thorough.  I was a first time buyer so they explained everything to me in really good detail.  They answered my questions very well.  It was really nice to have such a fabulous experience.  I would definitely recommend them to other home buyers.

– Sarah G.
Bryn Mawr, PA

Very friendly and super knowledgeable... explained things so I could understand them and make informed choices. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

– Brittany J.
Coatesville, PA

Kevin was very thorough and professional throughout the inspection and took ample time to explain in detail why items would receive the ratings they did on the inspection report.  He also asked if we had any concerns ahead of time and made sure to check (and sometimes double check) any aspects of the house we asked about.

– Christopher G.
Lincoln University, PA

Kevin did an exceptional job doing our home inspection in November of 2016. He had a very professional and helpful demeanor that made the process move along smoothly. Kevin answered all of my questions promptly, was very thorough in his responses, and covered every task of the inspection in a prompt manner.

– Steve G.
Conshohocken, PA

Kevin was extremely professional, personable and informative. The information he provided in a clear and thorough manner will be essential for us going forward with our first home purchase. Thank you!.

– Percey A.
Downingtown, PA

The inspector was very thorough and honest and gave us great information along the way. This was our first time being walked through a house inspection, and we learned a lot!

– Megan and Doug W.
Kennett Square, PA

Initially, after reading about the inspection process, we were skeptical about what was going to occur on the day of the inspection. How wrong we were! As we are purchasing a vacant house that was foreclosed, the house inspection can't be used to negotiate price, however, it's an invaluable tool that we are using to prioritize what needs attention and what can be done as we get the more important issues resolved. At the actual inspection, my husband was VERY impressed by Mr. Groves attention to detail and his knowledge.

– Susan and Dave C.
Coatesville, PA

Inspection was very thorough and informative. Really felt like he took his time and was a subject matter expert while also being friendly and personable.

– Ben and Eleni M.
Havertown, PA

Larry was wonderful. When we arrived for the inspection we were anxious and Larry just started talking to us about where he was going to start and we could feel our anxiety lessen. He was thorough and patient with all of our questions. He is very knowledgeable and explained everything to us. I would highly recommend HouseMaster.

– Matt & Kristin C.
West Chester, PA

Lary and Kevin were fantastic from start to finish! Larry responded to all my emails right away, and was patient and informative. Kevin did our inspection. He was professional and knowledgable, and walked us through every step of the inspection process. As first-time home buyers, these guys put us at ease and made us feel like informed buyers. Highly recommend!

– Casey B.
Coatesville, PA

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
LEAD PAINT SCREENING
MOLD SCREENING
NEW CONSTRUCTION
COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION
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.

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.

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.