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If you're buying a home...

Choosing a new home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Long-term enjoyment of your home can be affected by system defects and unexpected maintenance needs.

ESI will help you choose wisely so you can purchase confidently, by providing a thorough, professional and unbiased inspection of your potential new home.

If you're selling your home...

An ESI home inspection will identify and prioritize areas that need attention in your home. We'll point out the most important and cost-effective repairs that can help your home sell faster.

Issues revealed by an inspection can also help prevent deal-breaking surprises after a purchase offer is accepted, when the buyer's home inspection is performed.

If you're happy in the home you now own...

ESI recommends a home maintenance checkup every 3 to 5 years. We'll help you focus your time, energy and finances on priority areas that can save money in the long run.

Improve your home environment by addressing safety issues, water and moisture intrusion, pests, heating and air cooling, or any other concerns you may have about your home, with an ESI home maintenance checkup.

Energy and Environment...

ESI is a green home inspection service. We perform every inspection with energy usage and environmental sustainability in mind.

As an added free service, buyers and homeowners will receive valuable ideas on how to lower their energy usage (and their energy bills), and sellers will learn of any "green selling points" that may help their homes sell faster.

A home inspection by a licensed Every Square Inch home inspector generally takes from 2½ to 3½ hours. This includes time to review the inspection findings with you and explain them to you thoroughly. Within 24 hours your inspector will write an individualized, computerized report that will be mailed or e-mailed to you.

Infrared Thermal Imaging helps identify problem areas that can't be detected with the naked eye. Our high-resolution infrared camera can reveal issues such as roof leaks, insulation gaps, pest infestation, electrical issues and plumbing leaks.

ESI home inspections include these major interior and exterior components:

• Grounds: Grading, Drainage, Sidewalks, Driveway
• Structure and Foundation
• Roof, Vents, Chimneys and Attic
• Gutters and Downspouts
• Porches, Patios and Decks
• Garages and Carports
• Basement and Crawl Space
• Heating System and Distribution (weather permitting)
• Cooling System (weather permitting)
• Water Heaters
• Electrical System
• A representative sample of Lights and Receptacles
• Plumbing System
• Sinks, Toilets, Bathtubs, and Showers
• Walls, Floors, and Ceilings
• Doors and Windows
• Stairs, Fireplaces, Smoke / Fire Detectors
• Major built-in Appliances
After your inspection is completed, Every Square Inch Home Inspections will be at your service for the entire time you own your home. Please feel free to call or e-mail with any questions.

Radon is…

a cancer-causing, naturally occurring radioactive gas that you can't see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in America

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Currently 37 counties in New York State, including Tompkins and Schuyler, have been designated high-radon-risk areas.

The U.S. Surgeon General, the American Society of Home Inspectors and the EPA all recommend that every home should be tested for radon.

When a home tests positive for high levels of radon (4 pCi/L or more) a second confirmation test is performed. If necessary, a referral to a radon-remediation specialist is made. Often very simple measures such as improving basement ventilation can reduce radon to a safe level.

When a septic system fails…

sewage can back up into your home or contaminate your yard and well water. Replacement of the septic drain field can cost thousands of dollars. The most important thing you can do to prevent septic system failure is to empty your holding tank every 2 to 4 years or yearly if you use a garbage disposal.

During septic dye testing, fluorescent dye is placed in an interior plumbing waste water receptacle, usually the toilet. Forty-eight hours later, the ground over the septic drain field is inspected for any indications of system failure.

Please note that for septic testing to be reliable, there must be a current occupant in the home, and the holding tank should not have been emptied in the last few days before the test is performed.

An abundant supply of water…

is such a basic, essential part of life that we often overlook the systems that supply and deliver water within our homes.

Low water pressure—less than 40 pounds per square inch (PSI)—and low water volume—less than 5 gallons per minute (GPM)—are concerns for many homeowners. On the other hand, municipal or well water can be over-pressurized—sometimes exceeding 80 PSI—which can result in repeated leaks in plumbing and appliances.

Our tests measure water pressure up to 160 PSI and water flow up to 13 GPM. Our analysis will help you find ways to address any problems we identify.

ESI Consults:

Consultations for homeowners are available on an hourly basis to address specific areas in-depth. Investigating sources of, and remedies for, moisture/water intrusion can be performed at this time. Comprehensive roof inspections and assistance in planning renovations or additions are also available. Our infrared thermal-imaging camera can be helpful in diagnosing the above issues, as well as problem areas in electrical, heating, air-conditioning and plumbing systems, energy usage and sustainability.

As a green home inspection company, we specialize in ideas for lowering your energy usage and energy bills, and improving the environmental sustainability of your home.

Obtaining copies of…

all previous building permits on your property helps you know the history of your home by learning when and how additions or major alterations to the house were done, and who performed the work.

If permits are not on file for a particular job, it could mean that the work was not done by professionals, or that the construction does not meet building codes. Such situations could lead to problems. For example, if a wood-stove installation was not in compliance with safety codes, it would not be covered by your insurance.

Call your town building department for information on how to get copies of past building permits. In most cases you can obtain copies by going to the town office and paying a small copying fee. If you bring copies of building permits to the home inspection, ESI will review them with you for no additional cost. For an additional fee, ESI can also assist you in obtaining copies of building permits.

Services for:
Property Owners, Buyers, Sellers, and Renters
Review of major systems or thorough evaluation of one or more systems, e.g., thermal imaging, roof system, moisture in basement.
A consultation is also helpful prior to putting in a purchase offer or before putting a house on the market.
Verbal report only.
$95 First Hour
$40 Each Add'l Hour
Home Inspection:
Single-family home up to 1500 sq. ft.*,
includes written report.
*Each add'l 100 sq. ft.: $10
Each add'l Apartment:
Discount for multiple apartments.
Radon Test:
Using RADALINK electronic, tamperproof, & highly accurate radon monitors with certified reports and warrantied results.
$125 w/inspection $150 as a stand-alone service
Septic Dye Test:
Helps to rule out system failure.
Deluxe Home Inspection Package:
Includes Radon and Septic Dye Tests.
Single-family home up to 1500 sq. ft.*,
includes written report.
(save $40)
Commercial Property Inspections: Call for Pricing
Building Permit Research: $35/hr. including travel time

Payment is due at the time of inspection.

ITA logoEvery Square Inch Home Inspections, LLC
A green home inspection company

Fully insured
Licensed by the State of New York Department of State to perform home inspections of residential buildings.
ESIHI NYS License Number 16000042658

Serving Tompkins, Seneca and Schuyler Counties