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As a lifelong resident of Tennessee, I understand first-hand the environmental circumstances your home must endure. From snow in the winter to the hot sun in the summer, Tennessee residents certainly experience it all. When I created my company, I knew it was the beginning of something special. I was combining decades of residential construction experience, top notch training in the field of home inspection, and a strong resolve to help people in what may be one of the most important times of their lives.
There is absolutely NO substitute for direct hands-on experience. When you combine over twenty-five years of construction management experience with first class certified home inspection training, we think you’ll agree that adds up to peace-of-mind!
Buying a home is indeed, for most people, a very big step and you want nothing more than to be confident in your decision. By conducting a thorough and rigorous inspection of your home I will leave you confident with your buying decision. My job is to educate and instruct you involving the condition of your new home, which will be painstakingly detailed in my final report.
Thank you for Your Trust!
An infrared camera helps me see things that inspectors can’t. That’s why infrared is included on every inspection for free.
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What is Thermal Imaging?
Infrared Thermography, or thermal imaging, involves the use of a special camera that allows the detection of even small differences in surface temperatures. The images produced by the camera alone are not telling enough, however – you need a qualified home inspector to interpret the thermal images and decipher what issues might be depicted there. Often, the problem has to do with moisture intrusion, and your home inspector will likely also use a moisture meter in order to detect moisture levels and whether or not excess moisture is present.
Can a Thermal Imaging Camera See Through Walls?
A thermal imaging camera does not X-Ray anything; it cannot “see” through walls. Rather, it produces visual measurements of surface temperatures and displays these differences through changes in color that can be read by your home inspector. Using thermal imaging in home inspections cannot directly detect the presence of water; this is why a skilled, infrared certified thermographer and a moisture detection tool are also necessary. Still, thermal imaging provides us with enough extra information that it is an invaluable tool to detect potential issues.
Why Use Thermal Imaging in Home Inspections?Because a home inspection is a visual and non-invasive inspection of the safely accessible systems and components of a home, a tool that enhances your home inspector’s ability to detect defects and issues with the home is a welcome one. Your home inspector may perform a full thermal imaging scan of the home, or he or she may only bring out the thermal imaging camera when a particular problem is suspected. Either way, you’ll be rewarded by the extra help this tool adds to the inspection process and for the additional information you’ll receive about the home you wish to purchase.
Mold testing and inspection are the keys to comprehensive mold abatement. Thoroughness is important to assure that mold remediation treatments are performed to your satisfaction. Pre- and post-remediation testing and inspections allow us to ensure your home is mold-free.
At Wise Up Home Inspections, we visually inspect for moisture and water intrusion using infrared detection technology. Then, if appropriate, we will take air and/or surface samples to check for mold spores, following the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization mold testing methods and procedures. Remember, you cannot rely on what you see or smell to ascertain the presence of mold! Finally, we submit our samples to an independent microbial laboratory for a comprehensive analysis.
The purpose of performing pre-remediation mold testing is to provide the property owner or decision maker with a clear picture of the severity of the issue at hand. Pre-remediation mold testing is important for many reasons including:
Many of our customers ask us how to know if they have mold in the home. Any one of the following is an indication of mold:
You See It. You see mold. Visible mold spreads quickly and easily throughout your home or workplace.
You Smell It. You smell a musty odor, which could be a sign of hidden mold by an unknown moisture source.
You Feel It. Symptoms of mold related health problems can include sinus infections, sore throat, headache, coughing, rashes, and fatigue. Individuals with pre-existing health conditions, including allergies, immune disorders, or transplant patients, may be more severely affected by the presence of mold.
The suspicions of mold through visual clues and other senses does not always indicate there is mold present. Surface and/or air quality testing can confirm you have a mold issue.
When our representatives arrive, they will visually inspect for mold and water intrusion including utilizing infrared technology. Your responsibility is to identify what you feel are suspect areas versus non-suspect areas. This is important information for our representative to determine the number and location of any samples. Our representatives will not be held liable for a client’s decision to decline testing in a recommended location. Proper assessment is critical to the success of a remediation project and it is highly recommended that testing be performed both prior to and after the remediation is conducted.
Why Hire an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector®?
InterNACHI inspectors are certified and trained by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the world’s largest nonprofit association of residential and commercial property inspectors. InterNACHI provides its members with accredited training and education, free benefits, expert advice, and peer support—all to help them serve their homeowner-clients by providing them with the highest-quality inspections for their largest investments.
As an InterNACHI inspector, I:
• am required to stay up to date with the industry’s most rigorous online Continuing Education and video training courses, which have been awarded hundreds of approvals and accreditation by state and governmental agencies;
• adhere to a comprehensive Standards of Practice;
• abide by a strict Code of Ethics, which puts my clients first; and
• use state-of-the-art inspection tools and reporting software so that my clients can make informed decisions about the homes they want to buy or sell.
My standard home inspection is an evaluation of the visible and accessible interior and exterior structure, systems and components. Your report will include my findings of any material defects I discover in an easy-to-read format. I will also provide my recommendations for monitoring, repair or replacement. And my job isn’t finished until you understand everything in your report.
I will provide a personalized inspection of your home.
For the Home Buyer
A home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make, so it is important to understand the condition of your investment. I will provide a non-invasive examination of the home’s accessible structure, systems
and components. While a home inspection is not a prediction of future conditions and cannot reveal every concern that exists (or ever could exist), it will significantly reduce your anxiety by arming you with the knowledge you need to make an informed home-buying decision.
For the Home Seller
Are you selling your home? Let me inspect it before you even list it. A Move-In Certified™ seller inspection informs you of any defects or problems with your home so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. You can then take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair estimates. Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith. Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and delays, and justify your full asking price by having your home pre-inspected now.
For the Real Estate Professional
Your reputation is your most valuable asset. Your clients rely on you to guide them through a complicated and sometimes stressful process. Demonstrate to them that their trust in you is justified by referring them to me. My experience, training and professionalism will deliver the information your clients need. The best advertising is a happy client.