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What really matters on a home inspection?

Buying a home?  The process can be stressful.  A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect.  You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time.  This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection.  All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming.  What should you do?

Relax.  Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about.  However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

1.Major defects.  An example of this would be a structural failure.
2.Things that lead to major defects.  A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
3.Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.
4.Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.

Anything in these categories should be addressed.  Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.  Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report.  No home is perfect.  Keep things in perspective.  Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter.  It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure or nit-picky items.

1. Thinking you can’t afford it.

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

3. Getting a cheap inspection.

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You Can Sell Your Home Faster for More

Move-In-Certified homes have been pre-inspected by NACHI certified inspectors and the sellers confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement and no known safety hazards.

Fusion's Move-In-Certified Inspection includes:
-Complete Non-Invasive Condition Inspection
-Computerized Short-Term Continuous Monitoring Radon Test
w/Complete Lab Analysis
-120-Day Structural and Mechanical Warranty
-Mold Screening w/ Complete Lab Analysis
-Bound Full Color Inspection Report
-Full Color Certificate, stating Your Home is Move-In-Certified
-Full Color Yard Sign, stating Your Home is Move-In-Certified

Fusion Services provides complete non-invasive inspection of your home’s components and systems to ensure that your home is free form defects and hazards.
Radon is the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in America

Radon is a cancer-causing natural 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 leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually.

The U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommend that
"All Homes Be Tested for Radon"
Fusion Services provides computerized short-term continuous monitoring for Radon,
that adheres to all U.S. EPA guidelines.

Fusion Services certified by the
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

And is a Radalink Affiliate,
providing the most reliable Radon Information available
For More Information, Visit Our Radon Information Page or the U.S. EPA "A Citizen's Guide to "Radon"

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"You shouldn't buy a home unless you have a thermal infrared inspection",
Department of Energy, Channel 7 News

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Fusion services provides thermal imaging for energy and moisture surveys.
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Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection
Sellers can speed their home inspection by following these suggestions. The inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

1. Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
2. Ensure pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
3. Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a "Light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
6. Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited as "conducive conditions" for termites.
7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
8. Unlock areas the inspector must access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.
9. Trim tree limbs to 10' from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.
10. Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you!
City and County Building Inspectors Don't Do Quality Verification.

We Do

Houses are being built at record pace which means it's more important than ever for buyers of new construction to have the builder's work inspected at critical phases to make sure the job is done right.

While residential homes and other buildings must be constructed according to local, state and federal code requirements, a buyer should understand that these codes are only the minimum acceptable standards required by law for the health and safety of future occupants.

Meeting the minimum standards does not necessarily ensure quality, because workmanship is not a factor in code inspections.

Fusion Services provides inspection for all phases of
residential and light commercial building construction.

The  national leader in U.S. environmental information services. Whenever, wherever there’s a real estate transaction, professionals and consumers rely on EDR for the most comprehensive and accurate environmental information available.
Fusion Services is a EDR-Certified Provider
Some of the most dangerous or costly hazards exist outside your home and can contaminate your home through pathways including vapor intrusion, soil and ground water. A Neighborhood Environmental Report can help you to understand nearby risks that affect your family's health and your investment.
Get a Health Report on Your Home
ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index)

What is the ERMI©?
The ERMI© is an acronym for EPA Relative Moldiness Index.
It was developed by scientists at the USEPA to provide a straightforward, objective, and standardized way to obtain results for indoor air quality investigations.
The EPA is developing an ERMI ranking system based on dust samples collected from homes across the United States.
The ERMI will help predict the moldiness of homes. Homes with high ERMI values have a greater chance of having a mold problem then homes with a low ERMI.
36 different fungi make up the ERMI and are designated as Group I (those found in atypical, water damaged homes) and Group II (those commonly found in all homes)

Fusion Services Provides ERMI Sampling and Lab Analysis
FAQ's on ERMI in pdf    format
ERMI Info Sheet in pdf    format

Sellers promote your environmentally friendly home
Buyers ensure the home you purchase is environmentally friendly

Green Certified is a designation for homes that use design features, technologies and products that:

- improve energy efficiency,
- reduce pollution,
- provide healthier air,
- increase comfort,
- reduce water usage preserve natural resources,
- increase durability,
- make a home quieter,
- reduce maintenance,
- owner monthly costs, and
- improve resale value.

Green Certified homes are healthier, more environmentally friendly,
and economically smarter that average homes.

Fusion Services is Green Homes Certification Provider

Find out if your home is GREEN
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Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States

Get A Flood Analysis on Your Home Today

A Flood Analysis is a concise, homebuyer-friendly report that shows at a glance:

- An aerial view of a property.
- Whether or not a property is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (high-risk flood zone).
- Whether or not a property is located within 1,000 feet of a Special Flood Hazard Area.
- If the community currently participates in FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program.

Fusion Services Provides Flood Hazard Analysis

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