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Warren Home Inspections

Buying a new home may be the biggest investment you'll ever make. Although the process is very exciting it quickly becomes overwhelming. While the home you have selected may appear to be just what you're looking for, how can you be sure there aren't potentially serious unknown defects which can make your investment in your future a costly one. Having your new home professionally inspected by Warren Home Inspections as early as possible in the buying process can save you thousands of dollars on items which you may be able to have the seller or builder correct.

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Warren Home Inspections is dedicated to providing you with valuable information about your new home. We thoroughly inspect all major components of the subject property to expose unknown defects and advise you about future maintenance about your home once the purchase is complete. Warren Home Inspections will give you the information you require to make an informed decision.

Providing home inspection services throughout eastern and central Massachusetts

 

 

Included free with every home inspection:

Recall Check

 

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Warren Home Inspections

President Rory Warren
508-259-3248
Email: info@warrenhomeinspections.com

  • Member of ASHI
  • MA Construction Supervisor # 083709
  • Certified by EDR to provide Neighborhood Environmental Reports (TM)
  • MA licensed Home Inspector # 0495
  • We guarantee satisfaction at your Inspection or your money back
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Warren Home Inspections (WHIS) is the premier inspection company in Massachusetts with over 25 years experience in residential Real Estate Inspection.

Your Inspector is licensed and insured and has training that exceeds the standards of both the state and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

Our detailed reports are prepared individually for you and are integrated with digital photography to identify any problems referenced in the report. They are delivered electronically within 24 hours of the inspection, eliminating the need for you to wait as they are written on-site. This ensures that you will receive the full attention of your Inspector to perform just what they were hired for, to inspect, and it allows you to get on with your day.

You can be one hundred percent confident in the service provided by Warren Home Inspections. Each inspection comes with a 200%* money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied. Maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction is a critical component of our business plan and it is one of the things that keeps us successful.

Additionally, we are available to address your questions and concerns long after the Inspection takes place. We are your building consultants for Life.

* What this means is that we will return the client's cash or check at the end of the inspection if you are not satisfied with our performance. Not only that but we will also pay for another inspection for you.

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Our Services

Inspection reports include:

  • Attic
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Roof & Flashings
  • Gutters
  • Major Appliances
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Doors & Windows
  • Chimney
  • Fireplace
  • Basement
  • Crawlspace
  • Foundation
  • Grading
  • Retaining Walls
  • Heating
  • Siding & Trim
  • Driveways & Walks
  • Electrical System
  • Water Heater
  • Plumbing System
  • Air Conditioning
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HOME BUYERS
Pre Purchase Inspection
This is the most important step in the home buying process. You employed a professional to help you find the home and finance it. Now you need a professional to help provide you the knowledge you need to make an informed decision on the true condition of the home you plan to purchase.

RecallChek™ Services included with home inspection
Many american homes have potential and known fire hazards in them, despite the fact that since 1974, american citizens have been protected from dangerous items in their homes by law. If a manufacturer has designed a dangerous product, they MUST recall all those items and FIX THEM FOR FREE!

The problem in the law is that most often itís up to you, the consumer, to find out whether your appliances are potential fire or safety hazards!

Thereís a database online, but you would have to wade through 195 MILLION recalled items to find out if your dishwasher or air conditioner is a potential hazard and this would take a tremendous amount of your time. As a result, today many of these dangerous appliances are still in homes across America. Let Warren Home Inspections include a check of the appliances in the home you are planning to buy to see if they have been recalled. There is no reason not to do this if you are buying a home or selling a home. Be sure to ask for a recall check with your Home Inspection.

You can get more information on the free RecallChek™ report here

HOME SELLERS
Pre Market Inspection
One of the best ways to prepare your house for sale is a pre market inspection. Potential defects and problems can be brought to your attention and corrected or the price adjusted to reflect necessary repairs. Give yourself the advantage and go to market prepared for sale, not disappointed with a loss due to an unexpected problem discovered during the prospective buyer's home inspection.

Recall Check Services
Many american homes have potential and known fire hazards in them, despite the fact that since 1974, american citizens have been protected from dangerous items in their homes by law. If a manufacturer has designed a dangerous product, they MUST recall all those items and FIX THEM FOR FREE!

The problem in the law is that most often itís up to you, the consumer, to find out whether your appliances are potential fire or safety hazards!

Thereís a database online, but you would have to wade through 195 MILLION recalled items to find out if your dishwasher or air conditioner is a potential hazard and this would take a tremendous amount of your time. As a result, today many of these dangerous appliances are still in homes across America. Let Warren Home Inspections include a check of the appliances in the home you are planning to buy to see if they have been recalled. There is no reason not to do this if you are buying a home or selling a home. Be sure to ask for a recall check with your Home Inspection.

HOME OWNERS
New Construction Warranty Inspection
Most new homes come with a warranty from the builder. In order to utilize this warranty, you need to know the condition of the systems and components of the home and the quality of the builder's workmanship. If you are the owner of a new home, you need to have the property inspected two to three months before that warranty expires in order to identify any potential problems. This inspection can identify deficiencies or symptoms of premature failure that you could easily overlook. Don't miss the opportunity to utilize your home warranty to your advantage.

Home Maintenance Inspection
If you have been in your home for more than two years, it is time for a check-up! Mechanical systems and structural components degrade and deteriorate slowly. It is easy for an untrained eye to overlook the gradual decline in the efficiency and safety of these installed systems and components. Take advantage of our years of experience and let us evaluate the entire home. We will conduct the same survey for you that we would for our buyer's inspection. You will receive a detailed report that explains the condition of your home which includes recommendations for repairs, improvements and replacements as needed.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Neighborhood Environmental Reports™
Available only through certified partners of Environmental Data Resources, the Neighborhood Environmental Report™ provides an informative and easy to understand snapshot of the environmental health of your home and the surrounding area. The Neighborhood Environmental Report™ pulls records from a variety of trusted sources including government databases. It searches for concerns that could potentially represent dangers to a home owner's family such as nearby leaking underground oil tanks, landfills, hazardous waste sites or illegal drug labs. Accessing a database of millions of records, the report will identify any known environmental hazards. The EDR Neighborhood Environmental Report™ will help you protect your family's health, ensure a sound investment of your resources and understand any nearby risks. Reports are available for home owners, buyers and sellers. We recommend one with every buyer's inspection.

Radon Testing
Radon is a mystery to many of us, but it is real and a very serious concern; It is a naturally occurring gas that is present everywhere. It is a byproduct of the decomposition of radioactive minerals in the earth. Typically this gas escapes from the ground and dissipates harmlessly into the atmosphere. When this occurs there are no health concerns. Hazards to your health occur when the gas leaks into your home through the basement walls and floor. Your home can trap the gas and allow it to accumulate until it reaches a hazardous level. The EPA has established a maximum safe level of radon and any levels above this require that the condition be mitigated.

At Warren Home Inspections, our inspectors are trained in the proper EPA protocols for testing your prospective home for the presence of radon. We can provide you with the basic information you need to understand the hazards that may be present and we can direct you to a qualified contractor to help with mitigation if necessary. Testing is done at the Inspection.

Water Quality Testing
The EPA recommends that private domestic water supplies including wells and springs be tested yearly for bacteria. Our Inspectors are properly trained to take water samples and provide them to the state approved labs for testing. Typical testing includes bacteria, the HUD screening, nitrate, nitrite, iron, ph and lead and radon.

 

 

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Did you know?

 1 in 5 homes has an appliance in use that has been recalled.
 80% of appliance recalls are from fire hazards stemming from improperly insulated wires, overheating motors/relays and or component failures you can't see.

RecallChek

FREE with your Home Inspection

Since 1974, American citizens have been protected from dangerous items in their homes by federal law. Congress prescribed a solution whereby if a manufacturer designed a dangerous product, they MUST recall those items and FIX THEM FOR FREE.

The problem is that most often it's up to the consumer, to find out whether appliances are potential fire or safety hazards.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission houses and manages a database of  over 195 million items which you can search in order to find out if your appliances have been recalled., but to find one appliance, let alone a houseful, is going to be a major task.

As an authorized  RecallChek™ dealer, we collect model and serial numbers * of appliances and HVAC systems  during our home inspections.  We  submit the data to RecallChek™ headquarters where all  manufacturers and model numbers are computer matched against MILLIONS of  recalls. Within 48 hours a customized  RecallChek™ report is sent to your email address.  Your report includes: how to verify if your unit is affected, the nature of the recall, where the product was sold, how to remedy the defect, and often times how to get it done absolutely free. The report is separate from the inspection and is available  FREE  only with your Warren Home Inspection.

You can get this service for $29.95, but it is FREE with your home inspection:

Sample Home Inspection Report - 29 page report in PDF format (will open in new window)
sample report

Sample Environmental Report - 12 page report in PDF format (will open in new window)
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ASK THE INSPECTOR

Do you have questions about your house? Please send them in and we'll respond!

Q. How often do I need to change my furnace filters?

A. Standard disposable filters should be changed monthly. Failure to do so can cause reduced air flow and lower efficiency. It can also shorten the life of your furnace.

Q. How often do I have to clean the dryer vent lines?

A. Over 14,000 house fires are caused each year by clogged or improperly maintained dryer vent lines. They need to be cleaned or replaced annually. It's very inexpensive and is easier to remove, dispose of the old lines and replace with a new line.

Q. What's the most common problem you see if homes you inspect?

A. Non professional repairs and/or modifications to the electrical systems.

Q. What's the average life of a smoke detector?

A. All smoke detectors have a finite life. I recommend you contact the manufacturer directly. Most of the information on the product is available on the internet on the maunufacturer's website.

Q. What's the best advice you can offer a first time home owner?

A. Maintain your home! It's important to understand the maintenance your home requires and to ensure it is done when it is required. Also, know your own limits: If a job that needs to be done is beyond your skill level, bring in a professional . Never compromise the safety of your family to save a few bucks!

Q. So, how do I know what needs to be done and when it needs to be done?

A. For starters, there's an easy to use maintenance schedule on our website. Print it and follow it on an annual basis. If you simply do not have any free time, don't want to do it yourself or just don't feel confident to do these tasks yourself, hire a qualified home maintenance professional to come in annually and do it for you.

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Mistakes Every Home Buyer should avoid

1. Avoiding an inspection because you think it will "save me some money."

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Buying a home is usually the most significant investment you will ever make. It is the home you chose to live in, and in many cases, for many years. The investment you make in the home you live in today may also provide a significant portion of your retirement pay tomorrow.

Real estate values have generally risen steadily, with peaks and valleys, but in the the long term the trend is a consistent increase. This is referred to as equity build-up and is generally one of the most significant reasons people invest in a home.

Having a home Inspected prior to purchase is a necessity and should not be avoided for any reason. Don't make a bad decision in order to attempt to save a few dollars.

2. Not hiring a buyer's agent to represent you.

Buying property can be a complex and stressful task. Real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated. New technology, laws, procedures and competition from other buyers require buyer agents to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism. Making the wrong decisions can end up costing you thousands of dollars. It does not have to be this way! Protect yourself with a professional who represents you.

Buyer's agents have a fiduciary duty to you. That means they are loyal to only you and are obligated to look out for your best interests. Buyer's agents can help you find the best home, the best lender and the best inspector. Also, in most cases, the buyer's agent is paid out of the seller's commission, even though he/she works for you. Remember, the success of the buyer's broker depends on the success of their client.

3. Hiring an Inspection Company because they are the least expensive.

If buying a home is the most significant investment you ever make, why would you ever consider shopping for a "cheap" inspection for this purchase? The additional cost of hiring a qualified inspector to help assure a good product and piece of mind is minute in comparison. Don't skimp out now!

All the Inspectors in the state of Massachusetts MUST be licensed. They do not, however, have the same level of experience, professionalism or education. Evaluate the business before hiring them to do the inspection. Find an Inspector affiliated with ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors (www.ash.org). Interview them over the phone and make sure you are comfortable with the way they communicate. Do they offer guaranteed satisfaction? Do they provide a warranty of any kind with their work? Is there a sample report available for you to evaluate on their website? Is it well written and does it include digital photographs? The answers to these questions will likely indicate the way they conduct their business.

Remember, a difference of one hundred dollars is really nothing when compared to to an investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Make sure you will be given a quality product.

Practice these three simple steps and you are on your way!

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Identifying known environmental hazards

Warren Home Inspections currently offers Neighborhood Environmental Reports(tm)  as a supplement to a home inspection report or as a stand alone report. Environmental reports have been available and a part of commercial property inspection reports for some time, however, residential environmental reports were not previously available. Recently Environmental Data Resources has introduced residential environmental reports that are available through EDR certified home inspectors for their clients that wish to perform proper due diligence.

Environmental Reportssafe family

The Neighborhood Environmental Report  pulls records from a variety of trusted sources, including government data bases. It searches for concerns that might be dangerous to a homeowners family or investment such as, nearby leaking underground oil tanks, landfills, hazardous waste sites, and illegal drug labs.
Some of the most dangerous or costly hazards exist outside the home and can contaminate a home through pathways to human contact such as, vapor intrusion, soil, and groundwater. Just because an area appears pristine does not mean that issues are not present. A Neighborhood Environmental Report will help to protect a familys health, ensure a sound investment, and identify nearby risks.
Each environmental report contains detailed information about known and potential environmental concerns. Examples are:
  • Leaking Underground Oil Tanks
  • Hazardous Waste Sites
  • Landfills
  • Homes that have been used as illegal drug labs
  • Contamination from nearby industrial sites, farms, or accidental toxic spills
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys top clean-up priority sites

Sample Environmental Report - 12 page report in PDF format (will open in new window)
sample environmental report

 

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Links and Preferred Vendors

Professional Organizations

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)

BNI Referral Hub (Holliston, MA)

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Environmental Resources

The Alliance to Save Energy

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Map of Radon Zones

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