“SERVING SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN SINCE 1986.”

AVAILABLE SERVICES
(Click below for descriptions)

RESIDENTIAL INSPECTIONS

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL INSPECTIONS

PRE-LISTING PREPARATION INSPECTIONS

HOME OWNER MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONS

INDIVIDUAL SYSTEM INSPECTIONS

EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES

NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS

REMODELING AND RENOVATION INSPECTIONS

INVESTIGATION SERVICES

WELL & SEPTIC INSPECTIONS

ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING

RADON TESTING

MOLD INSPECTION & TESTING

 

Follow-up phone consultations are always welcomed!

 

RESIDENTIAL INSPECTIONS:


The residential inspection service includes a 16-22 page report. This report includes the findings of an inspection of the residential home or commercial building. Richard L. Davis who is an A.S.H.I. Certified Inspector, with over 20 years of experience (Please review the qualifications section of this site), performs all inspections. He will inspect the structure & foundation, basement/crawl space, heating & cooling, plumbing, electrical, kitchen & bathrooms, major appliances, interiors, walls & ceilings, doors & windows, attic-insulation & ventilation, roofs & chimneys, exteriors, sidewalks & driveways, and the grounds around the building.

The home is typically inspected after the offer to purchase is accepted, however there may be reasons you would want the home inspected before you make an offer. You should have an opportunity to have the home professionally inspected to determine if any major defects or deficiencies exist that may affect the decision to complete the purchase. There are over 2000 different points of observation during a home inspection. The inspector will take the time, during the home inspection, to address and explain these observations. He will also offer suggestions and tips for correcting any defects or deficiencies and provide advice regarding proper maintenance of the home. The inspection provides the information you need to make an informed decision regarding the purchase of the home.

The inspection fees are determined by square footage, age, number of furnaces and other factors. Please call and a quote can be immediately prepared for your inspection.

Please plan a minimum of two hours for an inspection. Larger homes will require additional time. Please keep this in mind when scheduling with the owner or Realtor. The residential inspection and other services available are described below.
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Structure & Foundation
The inspector will observe all visible areas of the structure and foundation and describe the type of foundation, floor structure, wall structure & roof structure in the home. He will observe all of these visible components and report on any defects or deficiencies found that might impact the structure.

Basement
In the basement, the inspector will do a thorough check of the visible areas of the walls and the underside of the first level floor. He will also be looking for signs of past or present water problems. He will check the operation of the sump pump, if one is present.

Crawl Space
The inspector will enter any crawl spaces under the floor of the home if not wet or presenting a hazard. If accessible (18 inches +), he will inspect the condition of the underside of the first level floor, the joists, any insulation, any vapor barrier, or ventilation and any sign of water or vermin damage.
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Heating
The inspector will inspect and describe the condition and type of heating system(s) and/or air conditioning system(s) in the home. This includes an examination of the heating systems and air conditioners, the air filters, the ignition systems, automatic safety shutoffs, exterior air compressors, humidifiers, duct work, distribution systems and overall maintenance and care that the systems have had. He will also advise you regarding their life expectancies.

Plumbing
The inspector will inform you of the type and location of the main water feed and shut off. He will determine the type and condition of the visible interior pipes in the home and test to see whether the house has sufficient water pressure. The hose bib will be checked.He will also inspect the water heater for general condition, life expectancy, size, pressure relief valve, the automatic ignition, proper flue drafting and the flame or heating element in the heater.

Electrical
The inspector will inspect the electrical service drop, drip loop, service entrance cables, service feeder cables, panel box (which will be removed as access and safety permits) and determine the amperage and the voltage of the system. The inspector will inspect for hazardous wiring conditions like over-fusing, or improper or amateurish wiring. He will also check for ground fault circuit interrupters. The inspector will perform a random check of the outlets, light fixtures, and switches throughout the home.

Interior
The inspector will inspect each room of the house. He is evaluating the floors, the walls, the ceilings, the doors and the windows for signs of structural defects. He will inspect the stairways in the home for condition and safety.

Kitchen
In the kitchen, the inspector will inspect the cabinets and countertops. He'll inspect the flooring and any appliances that are staying with the home to see if they are operational. He will check the plumbing and water pressure as well as the drainage in the kitchen. The disposal is also checked for operation as well as proper wiring (designated line).

Bathrooms
The same interior inspection is done in the bathroom. In addition, an inspection of the plumbing system and water pressure is done. The drainage is also evaluated. The ventilation system is identified and an observation of its operation is performed. He will also check the operation of the fixtures in the bathrooms, as well as the condition of the grout and caulking.
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Attic
If the attic is accessible, the inspector will go into the attic. He will inspect the insulation to make sure it is adequate; he will also evaluate ventilation. The ventilation is very important to the performance of the roof. The attic will be inspected for signs of moisture. This is a good time to double check the roof performance from the inside out.

Roof
The inspector will access and examine the roof if safe to do so. Wet roofs, wood roofs, roofs that are too steep or ice and snow covered will not be walked. Instead, these roofs will be observed from the ground, from windows, from balconies and with binoculars. The roof covering, chimney(s), flashing, gutters and the down spouts will be evaluated for condition.

Exterior
On the outside of the building, the inspector will visually observe the exterior wall coverings, trim, windows and all of the exterior doors. He will also report on his inspection of any porches or stairs attached to the home.

Grounds
He is going to inspect the grounds around the home. He will inspect the sidewalks and the driveways. He will inspect the grading around the perimeter of the house to make sure that the water is draining properly away from the house.

The inspector is there to answer your questions and report on the information he has gathered while performing the visual inspection. The information provided during this visual inspection should help you to make an informed decision about the condition of the home. Additional evaluations and testing may also be recommended.

Learn About the Home Inspection Process with our Virtual Home Inspection

Take the Virtual Home Inspection Tour now to see and hear what a professional home inspection is all about. Learn about some common problems discovered during the home inspection with our virtual home inspection tour.

Please note: The Virtual Home Inspection Tour is a pop-up window. You will have to press the “Control” key on your PC in case you have a pop-up blocker installed. Also, the virtual home inspection tour is narrated for your convenience. Please make sure the sound on your computer is turned on so you can fully participate.


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OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL INSPECTIONS:


We inspect Shopping Centers & Strip Malls, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Apartments & Condominiums, Factories & Light Industrial Properties, Religious & Institutional Properties, Recreational Facilities & Sports Complexes. Our commercial and industrial inspections are tailored to meet the needs of purchasers, tenants and landlords and include items such as:

Foundation -- construction, walls, floors
Roof -- covering, flashing, chimneys, drainage
Attic -- ventilation, vapor barriers
Insulation -- type, amount
Interior Spaces -- Walls, Floors, Rooms, Offices, Kitchens, Washrooms Exterior -- Site, Walls, Windows & Doors
Electrical & Plumbing Systems
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

The commercial and industrial inspections are commonly referred to as PCA (Property Condition Assessments). Other services we can provide with commercial and industrial inspections include:

Safety concerns for fire & other hazards
Cost estimates for repairs and modifications
Annual maintenance costs
Accessibility
Parking facilities
Recreational facilities
Environmental inspections
Expert witness services
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PRE-LISTING PREPARATION INSPECTIONS:
The home or commercial building is inspected for an owner, pointing out areas of the building or residence that could potentially discourage buyers. The information can be used to make needed repairs or pricing adjustments. The information from this report can also be used to prepare the home or building for the selling market with a competitive edge.
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HOME OWNER MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONS:
This report gives owner a clear picture of the maintenance required to maintain and preserve value. It points out the projects that will save the owner money over the duration of ownership and tips and techniques to complete them. These evaluations are of significant value during drastic seasonal changes to guide you through proper care and maintenance issues. We will provide you with a seasonal maintenance checklist that will help you understand when items require attention throughout the year.
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INDIVIDUAL SYSTEM INSPECTIONS:
This report addresses an individual system analysis that may be required by a lending institution, homeowner or attorney. We report on the condition, level of quality of workmanship or repair of an item. Home owners typically use this service to inspect a contractors work before making final payment or to address problems they may be having with repair or replacement work. We can evaluate the work and prepare the proper documents required to remedy defects or deficiencies. We can help you or your attorney understand what is wrong and what it will take to correct the work.
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EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES:
An expert witness is someone who has a special knowledge, skill, or experience in a given subject. Davis Inspection Services provides expert witness services which is designed for anyone who needs help in resolving issues. Examples include but are not limited to problem/resolution related to faulty or negligent work done by a contractor, trades person or faulty negligent services provided by a home inspector. Ric Davis has years of experience working in the capacity of an expert witness. Testimony given by Ric Davis regarding his report, training and experience constitutes expert evidence or expert testimony. He can provide a full range of legal services for plaintiff or defendants needs. These services include investigations, evidence gathering, photographic evidence, documentation, depositions, document review and preparations, and report preparation and presentations.

Note: If you are having had a problem with a contractor:

1). Don't lose your temper or composure.

2). Keep a record of all phone conversations, including date, time and items discussed.

3). Get everything in writing if possible and keep these records.

4). Keep accurate records of all events and communications.

5). Until advised by an attorney, never fire the contractor.

6). Keep a record of all payments.

7). Call Davis Inspection Services at (248) 646-5219 to schedule expert witness services to examine the work and associated documents.

8). Use the expert witness report to provide your attorney the necessary information to prepare your case.
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NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS:
When building a new home we will work with you to monitor the progress of construction and evaluate the quality of workmanship. We will help you to keep an experienced and watchful eye on the project. There are several types of new construction inspections that we can provide, we have listed them below. These services are designed to reduce your risk of problems and provide peace of mind.

Completed New Home
We can inspect your recently completed home and provide you with a detailed report. We routinely find items not properly completed and defects in workmanship. This inspection and report will educate you about items you need to address with your builder before you sign off on the home.

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Three Phase New Construction In Progress Inspection

Part 1 - We will inspect the property when the foundation has been poured, but prior to backfill and inspect the foundation, footings, basement slab preparation work and foundation drainage system. We will detail in writing our findings so you can discuss the report with your builder.

Part 2 - The building will be inspected prior to the installation of the insulation. We will inspect the framing, sheathing, roofing materials and the rough electrical, heating and plumbing work. Again, our findings will be detailed in writing so you can discuss the report with your builder.

Part 3 - When the building is completed and prior to your final walk through, we will inspect the exterior, roof, gutters, chimneys, flashing's siding, trim, doors and site. We will also inspect the finished heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing, and interior systems. A comprehensive written report will be provided that documents items that may require repair, replacement or completion. You can use this report as a reference when walking through with your builder.

Weekly New Construction Progress Inspection
We also offer weekly construction Inspections. We will visit the project once a week to monitor the work as it progresses. We can meet you at the work sight and review any defects, deficiencies and workmanship issues. Our findings will be detailed in writing so you can discuss the report with your builder. When the building is complete, but prior to settlement, a final comprehensive inspection is performed and a written report is provided.

Eleventh Month New Construction Inspection
We will perform a full inspection of the property for any issues that should be brought to the builder's attention prior to the lapse of the builder's warranty. A comprehensive written report will be provided so you can discus the report with your builder.
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REMODELING AND RENOVATION INSPECTIONS
This is an opportunity for you to exceed your search for the right contractor. Having this service will reduce the risk of shoddy workmanship. Your contractor is aware at the start of the project that a qualified inspector will be monitoring the job and its progress. You are now supported by a qualified inspector should disputes regarding quality of workmanship or progress arise. This is one of our fastest growing services.
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INVESTIGATION SERVICES
Got a problem you can’t figure out. Odors, leaks, failures and noises can be investigated for their source. Advice to correct or repair these items will be offered.
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WELL AND SEPTIC INSPECTIONS:

Well and septic evaluations include an inspection using tracer dye and performing a “Push Test”, Locating the field and tank and informing the client of life expectancies and maintenance procedures. We offer a full range of testing on water quality and check proper pressure and operation of the the well.
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ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING
Environmental testing includes one or more of the following: Radon, PCB's, Lead Paint, Water Quality, Air Quality, Asbestos, U.F.F.I., Herbicides, and Pesticides.
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RADON TESTING
The building will be tested for Radon gas using an E-Perm canister method. The EPA recognizes this method as the most accurate form of testing. The canister(s) will be placed in the building following the EPA recommended and accepted guidelines. The canister(s) must remain in the building a minimum of 48 hrs.
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MOLD INSPECTION & TESTING

We will not unnecessarily alarm you. We inspect and test, not mitigate therefore we have no financial interest in the discovery of mold. You are assured that the inspection and testing is unbiased. Our only interest is helping you to determine if you have a problem and if so, the cause and resolution.

We can perform a visual inspection to evaluate a known mold or suspected mold problem. We will evaluate the building for the cause or source of a mold problem. We will also inspect the building for conditions that may exist that are conducive to future mold problems. When visible mold is found, samples will be collected using adhesion, swab or bulk methods and cultured for fungal analysis. Air quality testing is performed as needed or requested by client. The air quality test will determine if there is contamination or elevated levels of mold in the building.

You can also benefit from our in-depth information about mold and other indoor air quality problems, air quality investigation methods, and remediation procedures such as mold cleanup, handling toxic mold contamination, and building repairs. We can be involved and supervise the remediation for you. We will make sure the contractor you have chosen is performing the highest level of quality service to assure your job is done correctly and your risk of reoccurrence or further contamination is reduced. The final inspection of the remediation area will include air sampling to determine if the cleanup was successful.

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4 COMMON MOLD SERVICES WE PROVIDE

1). LIMITED SAMPLING

Designed to identify microbial issues in client defined areas.
Fastest, easiest and least expensive of all of our mold inspection services.
Sample in client identified areas only.
Do a visual assessment on identified areas only.
Report will identify microbial issues in sampled areas only.
This is not a whole home inspection for microbial issues.
Can not produce remediation specifications.

2). MOLD SCREENING

Designed to identify microbial issues in all readily accessible areas of a building.
Do a visual assessment of all readily accessible areas.
Identify all red flag areas.
Minimum 3 samples. Suggest sampling of all identified red flag areas.
Client chooses to have additional samples taken.
Report will identify microbial issues in all areas accessed.
Can not produce remediation specifications.

3). MOLD SURVEY

Designed to identify microbial issues in all readily accessible areas of a building and produce remediation specifications to properly address any issues discovered. Same as mold screen except that samples must be collected in all red flag areas.

The report will include:
•  Visual field assessment
•  Affected rooms
•  Diagrams
•  Photo log
•  Remediation recommendations

4). CLEARANCE/POST-CLEANING

Determines success or failure of mold remediation efforts in sampled area.
Clearance=Containment vs. Post cleaning.
Includes visual inspection for mold or settled dust and debris.
Collection of appropriate samples.
The client provides areas to be inspected/sampled.
The report will identify if microbial issues still exist.
Final report is either pass or fail.
Should not be performed by the same company that does the remediation to insure an unbiased result.

Remember we do not perform any remediation, therefore all of our mold services are unbiased and not driven to procure costly clean up services.


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“Serving Southeastern Michigan since 1986
with over 18,000 completed inspections”

Follow-up phone consultations
are always welcomed!

“Service that will stand the test of time!”

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