Towne and Country Building Inspection
With over 7,000 inspections under his belt, Scot McLean knows a thing or two about building inspections. Listen as Scot talks about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to buying or selling property. He explains the benefits of a pre-listing inspection, the intricacies of historical home inspections, what investors must know when it comes to buying foreclosures, and how to protect yourself from radon. Scot is by far the best inspector that I have worked with in my years of being a real estate investor and broker. Trust me, if you have a family member looking to buy or sell a home you want Scot on your team!
Below are all the details on Scot’s services.
Your home is your greatest asset!
That’s why we work to protect you before you buy or sell with a thorough property survey.
If you’re purchasing or selling a single family home, duplex or condo, whether it be new construction or a historic property, we will assist you.
We specialize in:
- Single Family Home Inspections
- Estate Inspections
- Condominium & Interior Unit Area Inspections
- Duplex & Multi Family Residential Inspections
- Lake Residences & Cottage Inspections
- Reports Within 24 Hours
Here at Towne & Country, our home inspectors will provide you with an unbiased, professional, and informative home inspection report. You will receive a full evaluation of the condition of your home per the Wisconsin state standards of practice. Here is a brief list of our main focal points upon inspection. Observations include:
- Heating & Cooling Systems
- Plumbing (fixtures, pipes, water heater)
- Attic & Insulation Levels
- Ventilation Types
- Basement & Foundation Observations
- Fireplace Box
- Home Interior
- Roofing Systems
- Windows & Doors
- Gutters & Downspouts
- Grading/Water Deflection
- Driveway & Steps
Historic Home Inspections
Historic homes are beautiful, architecturally distinct residences that require knowledge and dedication in order to maintain their unique legacy.
Scot McLean is a historic home inspector and an active member of the Wisconsin Historical Society – whose mission is to preserve historic homes and structures through education. His thorough knowledge of each home’s specific architecture and supporting maintenance requirements makes Towne & Country Building Inspection, Inc. a home owner’s best resource for historic home buyers and owners that wish to stay true to their home’s heritage.
Each historic home has a one-of-a-kind footprint that has national, state and local requirements to maintain its status as a historic entity as well as special maintenance needs. Towne & Country Building Inspection, Inc. understands how exciting and challenging it can be to own one of these lovely homes and takes great care in examining them to better enable buyers and owners to be aware of any areas that may need to be addressed.
Foreclosed and older homes offer great opportunities for buyers looking for fixer-uppers and investors with the resources and knowledge to professionally renovate properties. While most know that they are buying these homes “as is”, that doesn’t mean you should proceed without an inspection. We can help you make an informed purchasing decision by finding potential problems that are more extensive than you had anticipated.
Foreclosed homes come with particular challenges depending on how well they were maintained by the previous owner and/or the bank. In fact, the longer maintenance has been deferred, the more damage may have occurred. Sometimes foreclosures have been vandalized or stripped, and often there is water damage present. We look over the house with a careful eye for these and other potential concerns that are often present in foreclosed or vacant homes.
Here at T&C your pre-listing home inspection will be the exact same as a pre-purchase inspection. We will look at every component of your home that is important while selling. We can point out potential red flags that may come up when a future buyer hires a Home Inspector, thus helping to prevent unexpected snags and delays in selling your home. This will allow you to hire the specialists you choose for any necessary repairs.
A home insurance inspection is an inspection of a home or property ordered by an insurance company, underwriting the homeowner’s policy. We will take a look at the overall condition of the home and observe any major risks near the property. We will then assess the size of the home, draw a diagram, and collect much more physical data to calculate the total cost to replace the home in case of an accident.
When is a home insurance inspection ordered?
An insurance company typically orders an insurance inspection in three situations:
- When the policy is first written, often when the home is purchased.
- Periodically through the life of the policy when they choose to review and reassess the risks they underwrite.
- When an insurance inspection reveals a risk the homeowner is then allowed to correct (eg: a missing handrail), the insurance company will order a re-inspection to confirm the risk was corrected.
As a building owner, property manager, leasing agent, lender or tenant, you need to rely on accurate property condition information for optimal decision making.
We inspect these building types:
- Office Buildings
- Light Industrial
- Apartment Buildings
- Strip Malls
Commercial Inspections performed:
- Draw Inspections on New Construction
- Pre/Post Lease for Landlord or Tenant
- Triple Net Lease
- Site Review – Pre-Purchase or New Construction
As the public becomes more aware of Radon, an increasing number of home owners and buyers are testing for Radon. If you test as part of the home buying process and the result is above the EPA’s action level, you will be in a very strong negotiating position for installation of a Radon mitigation system. If you do not, the chances are good that when you sell the house in the future, the buyer will test and will ask you to install a mitigation system if the levels are high. Performing a Radon test as part of the purchasing process is a smart business decision as it can save you approximately $1000 or more, not to mention preventing you and your family from the health risks associated with high Radon.
Radon is a radioactive gas that originates deep in the soil rises as radioactive decay. It cannot be seen and has no smell. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium, and it moves up through the ground to the air above and into our homes through cracks in the basement floors and walls as well as through the drain tile system and sump crock. Many people use their basements for living space, working out, or as a shop, but they may have never had it tested for Radon. Additionally, if the Radon level is high, the upper levels of the home may also have high Radon levels.
Any home can have a radon problem despite how common or uncommon high levels of Radon are in that neighborhood. Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. If a high level of radon is detected, there are simple ways to fix the problem that are not too costly. Even extremely high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. Scot McLean is one of the area’s few Home Inspectors who is certified in Radon testing through the EPA and National Radon Proficiency Program.
Visit lowradon.org for more information.
What to do during testing — Please do not OPEN ANY WINDOWS during the Radon Monitoring period. Opening windows can cause the Radon level to artificially rise. Also, please do not use the fireplace or woodstove as a primary heat source if at all possible. Use of the air conditioner and furnace fan is fully acceptable and approved. Simply normally operate the dryer, range hood fan, bath fans, as well as entering and exiting the residence.
Please DO NOT touch, cover, or alter the performance of the Radon monitoring computer. Altering conditions can void the test results, resulting in the need for retesting and additional payment typically by the home seller. If an occurrence or accident happens, as can happen in any household, please contact our office and review the circumstances asap.
WE PLAN ON RETURNING for the radon monitor in the next few days. Feel free to contact our office as may be needed to assist this monitor process, as we are here to professionally and reliably provide the best results for all concerned parties.
For More Information Or To Schedule An Inspection Contact Scot at www.tandcinspection.com or (414) 228-6573