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Top Down Home Inspections is licensed and certified to provide comprehensive home inspection services in Alexandria, VA, and surrounding areas.


Pre-Purchase Home Inspection

Are you buying a home? A home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make, so it is important to understand the condition of your investment. When buying a home, you should always have a professional home inspection performed. It can identify potential issues and give you a better idea of the ongoing maintenance the property will require. You need to know exactly what you are getting.


Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Are you selling your home? Let me inspect it before you even list it. Home inspections aren’t just for home buyers. A Move-In Certified Seller Inspection alerts you to any defects or problems with your home so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. When a prospective buyer discovers problems it can lead to time delays, added expenses and can even derail a deal altogether.


New-Construction Inspection

You may think since a home is newly built, it must be perfect. This isn’t always the case though. With so many people working on a home and with so many components to the actual construction, mistakes can be made. No home is perfect but it’s important to know which aspects of a home are worth repairing and which are deal-breakers. A new-construction home inspection can provide key insights into the home’s construction, as well as a chance to prevent costly repairs later on down the line.


Rental Property Inspection

As a landlord, performing property inspections is an important part of your job. A rental inspection protects your property from undetected maintenance issues that can cause you a lot of stress and cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. A good landlord-tenant relationship involves cooperation and communication, and this especially applies to handling a rental property inspections. A rental property inspection is often conducted while the property owner and the tenant are present, so they are both informed of any issues or concerns that arise.


11th Month Warranty Inspection

When you purchased your newly constructed home, chances are you entered into a secondary agreement with the builder, who offered you a 1-year warranty on all systems and components of the home. A warranty inspection is a comprehensive evaluation of the interior and exterior of your new home and its major systems and components. It’s conducted during the 11th month of your occupancy – before your builder’s warranty expires.


Annual Home Maintenance Inspection

An annual home maintenance inspection will help to identify potential problems before they can become major financial or safety issues. A trained eye will know exactly where and how to look for problems that might go unnoticed for years. A home maintenance inspection covers common problem areas including the roof and attic, basement and foundation, grading and drainage, electrical systems, water heating systems, and much more.


Mold Testing

Mold is a fungus, and like all fungi, it thrives in moist places. Mold spreads by emitting spores, microscopic particles often as small as a single cell. Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead trees. But indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Sometimes mold can form within the walls of the house or in places completely out of sight.


Wood Destroying Organisms Inspection

WDO is an acronym for Wood Destroying Organisms. When people hear the word “wood destroying organism,” most of them immediately think of termites. This is a great first guess – especially since termites damage over 600,000 American homes yearly. In reality, these tiny bugs fall into a subgroup of WDOs known as wood destroying insects. They share this title with carpenter bees, powderpost beetles, carpenter ants and other pests.


Radon Testing

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It is invisible, odorless, and tasteless — making it impossible to detect without specialized equipment. Radon gas can enter your home through the foundation and collect in the basement. Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA’s Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer.


Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging, also called infrared home inspection, uses a special infrared camera to detect differences in temperature across a surface. These tools see the light that is in the heat spectrum. Images on the video or film record the temperature variations of the building’s skin. Thermal imaging is incredibly effective for identifying problems that are hard or impossible to see with the naked eye, like moisture issues, electrical problems, and even areas where energy loss is occurring.


Move-In/Move-Out Inspection

Whether your investment portfolio starts with your current home while you are stationed somewhere else or you are adding to your portfolio of properties; it is crucial to protect that investment. We offer many services that aid in this endeavor. During the event of a tenant change or you are on-boarding a property to your portfolio we offer inspection services that establish a baseline condition prior to ownership/renter change. These inspections also identify and help prevent minor issues from becoming costly repairs. These inspections provide an accessible report that is available 24/7 which is very useful if a pipe leaks at 2AM. Thes inspections also include appliance information and location, as well as the condition of all aspects of the living spaces. This has been very successful when proof of condition is needed and provides a safety net against unexpected disasters such as fire, flood, or theft


Property Management/Investment Inspection

In Alexandria, VA, maintaining and enhancing the value of real estate assets requires a crucial step: a Property Investment or Property Management Inspection. For those managing rental properties, a Property Management Inspection ensures that properties remain well-maintained, addressing any issues promptly to provide tenants with a safe and comfortable living environment. This proactive approach helps minimize costly repairs, preserve the property’s condition, and maximize rental income.

For property investors, conducting a thorough Property Investment Inspection before purchasing offers a clear understanding of the property’s current state, uncovering potential problems that could affect profitability. This insight is essential for making informed decisions and securing a profitable investment. Whether you are managing a rental property or considering an investment in Alexandria, VA, these inspections are indispensable tools for ensuring the sustainability and growth of your real estate portfolio. Contact Top Down Home Inspections for your licensed property management or investment inspection needs, and take the first step towards fortifying your real estate investments.

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