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A home is made up of a sometimes overwhelming number of components and systems, which contribute to your safety and comfort.  At Claxton Walker & Associates our goal is to give you an honest and thorough assessment of your home, a better understanding of how it works, and what you need to know to keep it working for you.

Home Inspections

A professional home inspection gives you an independent, unbiased view of visible problems and their solutions, so that you will have all the facts you need to make a sound, informed decision.   Our goal is to inspect every home as thoroughly as possible, from the site plan to basements and crawlspaces, attics, roofs, and everything in between.  We evaluate the condition of the following components during our inspections:

  • Roof: including roofing materials, flashing, gutters and downspouts, structure, and chimneys.  We try to get on every roof if we can do so safely.  We can access most roofs 3 stories tall or less; though some may be too steep to walk on or the roof may be a material we cannot walk on (i.e., slate).

  • Exterior and Site Plan:  We evaluate the exterior of the home for signs of structural problems, water intrusion, insect damage, functionality of doors and windows, and general condition.  We also evaluate the overall site plan and its ability to keep water away from the foundation, which is the most important step in preventing basement water problems.

  • Basements, Crawlspaces, and Foundations:  We inspect the foundation for signs of structural problems and water intrusion, the condition of the main floor framing and evaluate the insulation and ventilation.

  • Heating and Cooling:  We will test your heating and cooling systems for safety and functionality.  We evaluate the equipment (furnaces, air conditioners, boilers) and distribution network (ducts, radiators).

  • Electrical System: We inspect all accessible components of the electrical system, including the meter, main panel and any subpanels, wiring types, outlets, and lights.  We inspect both for safety and to assess how well the electrical system will serve the needs of the modern homeowner.

  • Plumbing: We inspect for functionality (sufficient flow, water heater performance) and signs of leaks and evaluate piping material types and the condition of fixtures.

During our inspections we will also note the presence or evidence of any hazards or issues requiring specialized inspection; such as asbestos, lead paint, lead piping, wood damaging insects, and mold.  We can arrange for radon testing and wood damaging insect inspections. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the building and its components on the date of the inspection. The results of the Home Inspection are not intended to make any representation regarding latent or concealed defects that may exist, and no warranty is expressed or implied.  We conduct our inspections in accordance with ASHI, Maryland, and Virginia standards. 

Construction Consultation

We can conduct progress/quality control inspections for your new build or renovation project.  These typically consist of foundation inspections conducted to evaluate the design and condition of the foundation before framing begins and it is hidden by finishes and backfilled; pre-drywall inspections of framing, insulation, and plumbing/HVAC/electrical rough ins, and final inspections which cover all the components of our traditional home inspections.

We also inspect and advise on difficult special problems such as water leakage, wet basements, energy loss, noises, odors…all sorts of things.  It can be beneficial to have an unbiased assessment of problems with your home without the pressure of a contractor trying to make a sale.

Special Problem Solving Inspections

Safe drinking water is an absolute necessity for you and your family.  Some homes in our area still have lead piping or piping joined with lead solder.  Other homes in our area may be served by wells which can become contaminated by leaks from fuel tanks and septic systems.  We can collect samples of your drinking water for analysis at state certified laboratories, interpret the results, and advise you on what measures are available to you if contamination is found in your drinking water.

Water Testing - Coming Soon!

If you've lived in your home for some time you may have gotten used to certain issues  with your home, it happens to all of us.  Getting a fresh set of eyes on your home on occasion can help identify easily overlooked maintenance deficiencies or hard to discern problems that can lead to big repair bills if left uncorrected.

Maintenance/Home Checkup Inspections
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