FAQ

Why hire Kidston Home Inspections?

Over 35 year’s experience in the construction industry, 11 years in the home inspection industry. We keep things in perspective and explain all issues to insure peace of mind & clarity with the home inspection. The majority of our home inspections result in revealing issues the sellers need to comply with which will cover the cost of your home inspection. All of our home inspections include a complimentary HOUSFAX & Recall Check with a 90 day limited Warranty through RWS (Residential Warranty Services). Our easy read reports are smart phone and tablet friendly with ease of navigation with quick tab access to the multiple categories. We provide an action list for the Agents/Buyers to help with the post inspection negotiation process All reports are archived for seven+ years. My wife and I work as team to insure a complete and clean inspection. We make every effort to leave the inspection sight as clean or cleaner than it was.

What do we inspect?

Our Complete/Thorough Home Inspection Includes:

As an ASHI member, I must adhere to ASHI Standards of Practice. This means I will inspect all of the following on your home (when accessible):

  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
  • Eaves, soffit and fascia
  • Grading and drainage
  • Basement, foundation and crawl space
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Water heating system
  • All Heating systems
  • All Cooling systems
  • Main water Interior shut off entry valves
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
  • Electrical service line and meter box
  • Main disconnect and service amperage
  • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
  • Grounding and bonding
  • GFCIs and AFCIs
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth, monoxides/combustible gas if gas fireplace
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Garage doors, tracks, safety sensors, and automatic openers
  • And much more...

We will address all issues at the end of the inspection with a slide show and answer any questions & address any concerns. I provide quality color photos and illustrations with every inspection report. Our reports not only provide you with a "punch list” we also provide solutions and information for the experienced and first time buyers. (303) 808-7862

I have a newer home to inspect; will I need a sewer scope?

We always recommend a sewer scope, new or old homes. Soils will settle or possibly heavy trucks or equipment can cause damage and 'belly's'. Drainage is good at time of inspection and may back-up later. In the event you sell your home and you did not get a sewer scope when you purchased the home a sewer scope inspection for the buyers can potentially reveal an issue that can cost you thousands of dollars and delays in the sale. Damaged main sewer lines were discovered in some new homes.

Will I need a Radon test on my newly built home the builder installed a passive Radon Mitigation system?

We tested homes less than one year old with builder installed passive radon systems some were over 4.0 pCi/L and as high as 11 pCi/L.
It is very common to find high radon levels in new homes due to the high efficiency there is almost no air exchange in the basements.

Will I need a radon test when a radon system is already installed?

Too often radon mitigation systems are installed and assumed to do the job and not re-tested after a new system is installed. We have tested homes over 4.0 pCi/L with active radon mitigation systems.

We can test for radon and have instant data, chart and graph results after a 48-hour electronic test.

The EPA recommends testing every two years.