Old House Home Inspectors® evaluates the condition of older and historic homes, serving clients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
If you’re preparing to invest in an antique home, take the time to schedule reliable inspection services while all cards are still on the table—ensuring that you have the knowledge to negotiate a purchase that is fair and acceptable to you. We adhere to Rhode Island’s and Massachusett’s respective Standards of Practice.
This comprehensive assessment of an older residential property will help home-buyers better understand what to expect from the home’s condition before a transaction is final. We inspect most visible and readily accessible components, returning a detailed report of our findings within 24 hours.
We inspect the following areas of the home:
- Structural Components
- Foundation & Crawl Space
- Gutters & Downspouts
- Grading & Drainage
- Fireplaces & Chimneys
- Exterior (doors, windows, siding)
- Interior (doors, windows, floors, walls, ceilings, stairs)
- Attic, Ventilation, & Insulation
- Electrical System
- Heating & Cooling Systems
- Plumbing System
- Built-in Appliances
- Kitchens & Bathrooms
In the realm of home inspections, the two-man team approach has become a prominent methodology, highly valued for its dynamic and collaborative nature. This approach facilitates a comprehensive exploration of properties, allowing each inspector to focus on specific areas or components, thus ensuring a meticulous examination of every accessible nook and cranny of a home. One inspector may concentrate on the structural elements while the other delves into the systems and components, such as plumbing and electrical installations, fostering an environment of specialization and in-depth analysis.
This model promotes a symbiotic relationship, where insights and findings are exchanged, leading to a richer, more holistic understanding of a property’s condition. The collaborative dynamic enables the cross-verification of findings, enhancing the accuracy and reliability of the inspection results, and reducing the likelihood of oversights. It allows for the pooling of expertise and experiences, often leading to more nuanced and informed conclusions about a property’s state and potential concerns.
While the two-man team inspection model is a common and highly effective approach, it is not exclusive or universally applied. Many successful inspections are conducted by individual inspectors, and the choice of methodology often depends on the specific context, scale, and requirements of the inspection at hand. The ultimate goal remains to provide prospective homeowners with an accurate, detailed, and insightful overview of their potential new homes, regardless of the inspection model employed.
Additional Inspection Services
If you’re selling an older home, it’s a good idea to have it inspected by a specialist to help avoid the possibility of negotiations with prospective buyers falling through. We’ll inspect the property from top to bottom, taking extra care to investigate potential issues that are common to homes of that style and age. You’ll then receive a full report of our findings within 24 hours, leaving you plenty of time to consider recommended repairs and improvements before listing the home.
A home can have a radon problem even when residents are none the wiser. That’s because radon is a naturally occurring gas that is invisible and odorless, allowing it to easily concentrate in homes and go undetected. However, since radon exposure is directly linked to serious and potentially fatal health conditions, it’s of the utmost importance to bring in a certified radon measurement technician to assess the radon levels in a home before buying the property. If we do identify a safety issue due to radon, further steps for mitigation will be recommended.
When a home was built decades earlier, there is an increased likelihood that it has been damaged by wood-destroying organisms. Before you buy the home, add on this inspection service so that we can thoroughly investigate the readily accessible structural components for evidence of existing termite damage and ongoing termite activity.
We can test your prospective home’s water supply before you buy to ensure that your drinking water is contamination free. Samples will be collected from an interior faucet then sent to a local laboratory to be tested for contaminants such as heavy metals, coliform bacteria, and more.
This inspection service is designed to test a home for an active mold issue. We’ll visually inspect the entire home before sampling the air and surfaces from suspected areas with a mold kit to test for spore concentration and potentially for the exact type of mold.
Well Flow Tests
A Well Flow Test is recommended for all prospective home-buyers. This inspection service will determine whether or not the water supply can sufficiently meet the needs of the home. We’ll take the appropriate steps to measure the flow rate, which will indicate the well’s total yield and pressure.
Commercial Property Inspection
This inspection service is specifically for commercial properties, no matter what size, style, or age.
We’ll comprehensively evaluate the condition of the property’s structures and installed mechanical systems, reporting back to you with detailed explanations about each strength or weakness that we identify.
Rhode Island & Massachusetts
We’re able to offer inspection services for older and historic homes throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Depending on exact location, travel fees may apply.