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Home Inspections in Columbia, Charelston, Hilton Head and Lexington
Home Inspections in Columbia, Charelston, Hilton Head and Lexington


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Welcome to A-Pro Home Inspection of Columbia SC, the company you can trust for highly qualified and certified relocation home inspections.

For more than 25 years, our talented and skilled home inspection team has proudly provided thousands of home buyers and sellers with unparalleled service. Our goal is to give our clients a detailed report on the condition of the property they are going to buy or sell. With years of experience and a proven track record, we are your best option to get the most authentic and comprehensive information about a home inspection of Columbia SC.

Services Offered By A-Pro Home Inspection

A-Pro offers a wide range of services, including pre-purchase house inspections, radon testing, and foundation inspections. You can also depend on us for a variety of specialized services, such as pre-drywall inspections, pre-listing inspections for sellers, pre-closing inspections, thermal imaging inspections and infrared inspections. You’ll find complete details on our website.

Whatever your home inspection needs, you can be assured of receiving professional service, a state-of-the-art evaluation of the property, and true value for your investment. If you have any questions, send us an email, and we’ll provide you with prompt answers.

Why Us?

We are market leaders in the home inspection industry, helping our clients make informed decisions through our all-inclusive 500-point, foundation-to-roof inspection including nearly 2,000 components. Our certified home inspectors make use of the latest technology, such as Aerial Roof Inspections and Foundation Level Surveys, to provide the most reliable inspections possible. Our company comes highly recommended by organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. If you are looking for a fully licensed and insured home inspection company with experience performing a range of services, including our pre-market inspection, you can call A-Pro Home Inspection knowing you have made a sound decision.

To hire a certified home inspector, call 843-501-0220 or 803-807-2302  and let the team at A-Pro Home Inspection Columbia SC take care of the rest.

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Home buyer, beware of faulty roof truss and or insulation problems when buying an existing home

When in the market for a home, some trouble spots will jump out like a sore thumb. But while problems like loose vinyl siding and doors that won’t open will be obvious, other hidden issues, such as compromised wood roof trusses, are cause for even greater concern.

That’s where one of our experienced A-Pro® Home Inspectors in Columbia SC steps in.

As part of a complete foundation-to-roof home inspection, there are many issues your home inspector will be able to observe regarding wood roof trusses. Truss failure may result in the roof not being able to withstand excessive loads of wind and snow. Here are a few common problems discovered by the certified inspectors at A-Pro Columbia SC Home Inspections:

Bracing Problems: The home inspector will note spots where web members have been tagged with a “bracing required” stamp, but no bracing has been installed. Other truss bracing issues include missing nails, T-reinforcements sliced in the middle rather than being continuous, bracing that is too loose, continuous lateral restraints that block the access hatch or are not properly centered, bracing lumber that does not meet size or grade requirements, and other concerns.

Removed or Cut Web Members: Any removed or cut web members will weaken the system.

Improperly Installed Trusses: The strength of the truss will be affected by nails missing from metal hanger bracket supports. Your home inspector will also report on lack of a bearing plate needed to distribute load when conventional framing sits atop trusses. This can result in sagging.

Poorly Manufactured Trusses: This includes misaligned plates, missing metal connector plates, and large knotholes. All of these issues can weaken the member.

Damaged Trusses: During the installation process, individual trusses are susceptible to a number of problems, such as metal connector plates that have been torn out or buckled, plates that are partially pulled out, sloppily repaired trusses, or cracked members that may have been the result of failure to use a spreader bar for lifting. Trusses can also suffer damage during shipment or from roof leakage. Your inspector will also note missing or corroded gusset plates.

Trust Uplift: This is a problem caused by seasonally-induced expansion and contraction of lumber, often resulting in drywall cracking.

Roof truss are just one part of an A-Pro® 500-point home inspection that covers nearly two-thousand systems and components.

Experience our difference today and hire certified local A-Pro home inspectors in Columbia SC and surrounding areas, call now: 843-501-0220 or 803-807-2302.

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Five Questions a Homebuyer, Seller or Realtor® Should Ask a Columbia Home Inspector before Hiring Them

Not all home inspectors are the same. So how can you be confident that you’re hiring the right one? Whether you’re buying, selling, or just checking on your home’s condition, here are five key questions to ask:

Are you certified and insured? CHI® (Certified Home Inspector) or PHI® (Professional Home Inspector) certifications are important, but they're actually not required. These prestigious certifications will assure you that your inspector has undergone more than 500+ hours of education and advanced training, ensuring that your inspection is thorough and reliable. PHI certified inspectors take it a step further. They’re also required to carry Errors and Omissions Insurance coverage. So find out if your inspector has a PHI designation behind his name.

Are you ISHI® certified? Make sure your inspector is ISHI (International Society of Home Inspectors) certified. ISHI standards exceed all others in 14 vitally important ways. Here are some critical checkpoints only required for ISHI inspections: foundation, furnace heat exchanger, all accessible doors and windows, installed built-in appliances, all accessible outlets and more. Additionally, ISHI written reports include positive attributes of the home.

Do you inspect the foundation? Most don't. In fact, if they say yes, be sure to ask them how they inspect it. They should use a foundation level device to take measurements throughout the house to determine the levelness of the foundation. These measurements are then recorded on a diagram - included on a CAD drawing – showing any uneven foundation settlement.

What if a potential problem is found during the inspection? This may be hard to believe, but if a potential problem is found during an inspection, most inspectors will tell you to call an electrician, roofer, or plumber for further evaluation. With A-Pro, you will NEVER need to call a third party, saving you time, money, and hassle with our "no further evaluation guarantee."

What happens if you miss something during an inspection? With most inspectors, you will have to pay for repairs and replacements - even if the problem was missed during the inspection. Their evaluation is little more than an opinion. When you choose A-Pro, you receive this pledge: “If we don't report it, we repair it™” at our own expense, for covered claims up to 120 days.

Have additional questions? Please don’t hesitate to call 843-501-0220 or 803-807-2302 for an A-Pro Certified Columbia home inspector.
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Stairway Evaluation: One of the Most Vital
Parts of a Columbia Home Inspection

A home should be a place of safety and comfort. For an excited family that believes they have just found their dream home, the thought that inherent dangers lurk inside may be far out of the picture.

During a comprehensive Columbia home inspection, the home inspector will identify stairway attributes that pose a safety risk. The following represents only the most basic evaluations made during a typical residential Columbia home inspection:

Too Narrow: After careful evaluation, the home inspector will report on stairways that are less than the required 36 inches wide (26 inches for spiral staircases) above the handrail and 31-1/2 inches measured at the handrail. This deficiency will be noted in the home inspection report.

Too short: The home inspection will include measurements to see if the stairway meets the 80 inches in height safety standard.

Insufficient Landings: Landings should be at least as wide as the stairway (36 inches).

Risers Too High or Uneven: During the inspection, the home inspector will measure to see if risers are taller than the 7-3/4 minimum and if they maintain an even height (no more than 3/8-inch variation between them).

Inadequate Treads: For safe ascending and descending, treads should be at least 10 inches deep.

No Handrails: Stairways with at least four risers should have a minimum of one handrail. During the home inspection, it will also be determined if handrails and guardrails meet height standards and are strong enough to withstand typical force.

Lighting Concerns: The home inspector will report on whether there are enough light switches, as well as note if they are operational and provide enough illumination.

Columbia Home Inspection Safety Tip: Avoid using cleaning products that leave a slippery residue on bare wood treads. Your stairway may sparkle, but you will increase the risk of falling.

Stairway assessments are just one important part of an A-Pro 500-point home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro Columbia home inspector, call 843-501-0220 or 803-807-2302.
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Home Inspection Update in The Midlands: Before You Buy,
Make Sure You’re Playing with a Full Deck
As you examine every nook and cranny of a home you’ve fallen in love with, the deck may be one of the elements that ultimately sells you on the property. But while you’re imagining days of knocking back cold ones with friends, it’s important to make sure the deck is in top shape. Problem areas may not be readily apparent. And that’s why a home inspector should be called in long before you host your first backyard cookout.
Experts estimate that only four in ten decks are totally safe. It’s no secret that a deck collapse can cause serious injury. So, your inspector will be checking to see if the deck can support the weight of people and loads; has properly built steps and handrails; and is safe for children. During A-Pro’s 500-point roof-to-foundation home inspection, here are some of the common problems our inspectors typically encounter in regard to the home’s deck:
Poorly Maintained Wood: Unless you have a composite deck, expect your deck’s wood to suffer the effects of fungal rot. Regularly checking and sealing your deck – from above and below – will give it a longer life. The inspector will note if the deck’s wood has gone too long without proper care. Decks should be constructed with pressure-treated, moisture-resistant wood; end posts should be treated as well.
Handrail Issues: Decks are required to have graspable handrails, meaning they must be between 1½ and 2 inches wide (sorry, folks, a 2x4 or 2x6 on its side won’t do). Further, there should be a 1½ inch space between the rail and the wall.
Nails and Hanger Joists: Your home inspector will report on missing nails and hanger joists that compromise the structure. For example, the home inspector may find joists connected by nails and glue, disregarding the essential hoists and putting the deck in jeopardy.
Lack of Gaps in Decking Boards: When boards are nailed down without a gap between them (ideally a minimum of 3/8 inch), tree droppings and other debris can get lodged in between the tight spaces, speeding up deterioration and leading to water pooling.
Regulations for Children: Your inspector will make sure the handrail baluster spacing is just less than 4 inches and that step risers are closed to prevent children from crawling through.
Other issues that affect a deck include wood contact with soil, support posts that are too small, inadequate bracing and ledge board fasteners, improper attachment to the house and substandard flashing at the house, weak guardrails, failing post connections, improperly attached stairways, and other problems.
A deck inspection is just one important part of an A-Pro home inspection in Austin, TX. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector in The Midlands, visit here or call 843-501-0220 or 803-807-2302.
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Insulation and Venting Systems
Demand a Thorough Home Inspection in The Midlands
If you’re thinking about purchasing a home, you’ll want to know as much as possible about its insulation and ventilation. Lack of insulation and improper venting can cost you money on your utility bills, cause preventable moisture damage and mold growth in a home, and make your indoor environment unpleasant to say the least.
It’s important to understand what the insulation and ventilation portion of a home inspection entails, as well as its limitations. Here’s what you can expect from a certified home inspector, such as the professionals at A-Pro Home Inspection The Midlands:
Your home inspector will examine and report on insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces, such as attics, crawlspaces, and foundation areas; ventilation of attics and foundation areas; and mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas.
The home inspection report will describe insulation (type, depth, thickness, and condition) and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces, along with noting where insulation is absent. Your home inspector will record if insulation has been properly installed and if pipes and ducts have been appropriately wrapped.
Since we’re talking about visual-only home inspections, the home inspector will not inspect areas that are not readily accessible; disturb insulation; identify R-value or composition of insulation; or report on the adequacy of venting.
Insulation Problem Spots
Often during this part of the home inspection, the inspector will find insulation actually blocking attic soffit vents. Aging insulation, whether batt or poured in, will begin to settle and lose its effectiveness over time. Cellulose insulation may show signs of dust, dirt, and rodent damage, which will affect the home’s air quality as well as the effectiveness of the insulation. Paper-backed batt insulation can dry up, crack and tear due to normal aging.
Exhaust System Issues
Improperly installed exhaust systems will be reported by your home inspector. This part of the home inspection will demand great care since trouble areas can pose fire hazards. For example, your inspector will report on conditions such as crushed or kinked dryer transition ducts caused by the appliance being pushed too close to the wall; transition ducts which exceed recommended length; duct cracks that cause air leakage; sagging ducts, which can reduce airflow and venting effectiveness; and inwardly bent duct sleeve terminations.
Insulation and venting inspections are just two important parts of an A-Pro home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector The Midlands, visit here or call 843-501-0220 or 803-807-2302.
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Up on the Roof: The Importance of Roof Home Inspection in The Midlands Before You Buy a Home
Fact: roofing materials do not last forever. It’s a certainty as sure as death and taxes. But knowing how much life is left in a shingle, asphalt or metal roof is more uncertain to the untrained eye.
That’s why it’s critical to hire a certified home inspector when considering the purchase of a home. Knowing the expected useful life of a roof can play a role in the negotiating process or when deciding whether to add roof coverage to your home insurance policy or seek a more in-depth look at the roof’s condition.
The inspectors at A-Pro Home Inspection The Midlands perform a visual inspection of the roof’s materials, which is part of a complete 500-point inspection. When it’s not possible to actually get on the roof, electronic means can be used to enable the inspector to report on the type of roof covering material and any signs of damage.
First, it’s critical to find a certified home inspector well experienced in assessing the wide range of roof covering materials, including asphalt shingles, asphalt (architectural), clay/concrete, metal, slate, copper, simulated slate, coal and tar, EPDM rubber, wood, and others. Each material has its own life expectancy and tell-tale signs that indicate whether its years of useful service may be ending.
Second, the home inspector should understand the factors that can damage roof materials, such as harsh climates; temperature swings; number of layers installed on the roof; the direction the roof faces; slope; quality of installation, ventilation, and maintenance; potential damage from adjacent tree limbs; and other considerations.
When inspecting asphalt shingles, for example, a qualified home inspector will note general condition (from OK to “end of useful life”) and, if applicable, level of deterioration (from moderate to severe). The home inspector’s report will detail issues such as buckling and blistering; torn or creased tabs; damaged, loose or missing shingles; granule loss; tearing; craze-cracking; and splitting. The home inspector will clearly explain the underlying issues that may have caused these defects, as well as report on whether these are cosmetic-only concerns or problems that may cut short the lifespan of the material.
When noting the type of roof material, the home inspector may also report on the availability of like-materials in the event that replacements are needed.
An inspection of a home’s roof materials goes hand in hand with other assessments -- such as checking for moisture in the attic -- that enable the home inspector to evaluate the roof as a whole. For a roof materials inspection and much more, hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector The Midlands, visit here or call 843-501-0220 or 803-807-2302.
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Chimney Flashing: What a Home Inspection Can
Reveal Before You Make Your Purchase
When looking at a house you wish to buy, you may observe that its masonry chimney appears to be in excellent condition, with every brick in place and no signs of deterioration. However, it takes a professional home inspection by a certified inspector to tell the whole story.
One of the key parts of a chimney structure is its flashings – a sheet metal installation designed to create a water-resistant barrier between the chimney and roof. When poorly installed or failing for other reasons, the result can be severe leaking and costly damage to interior walls. Here’s what your home inspection will include in terms of chimney flashing, courtesy of your friends at A-Pro Home Inspection:
Rust: When constructed from tin-coated or galvanized steel, chimney flashing can be prone to rusting, which will be noted in a home inspection report. This can occur for several reasons, including:
failure to paint flashing material
not applying primer before painting or not putting on enough finishing coats
use of aluminum flashing on brick, which cannot be soldered and is known to corrode
Damaged Flashing: Roof/chimney movement, animal activity, harsh weather, or installation which was not performed with necessary precision can all lead to cracked, open, or loose flashing. A professional home inspection will let you know the extent of the chimney flashing damage.
During the home inspection, the inspector will assess whether all pieces of a two-part flashing system are in place: the base flashing and counterflashing, which overlaps but is not attached to the base material. The home inspection will note dubious use of flashing substitutes, such as caulking or roof cement, which can crack due to heat exposure. Among other checks, home inspectors will see if the top of cap flashing is correctly set, as well as examine side base flashings. Any harder-to-see issues as well as obvious problems, such as loose material and gaps, will be recorded in the home inspection report.
Finally, the home inspection will include an evaluation of the attic and rooms which would be directly affected by compromised flashing. Signs of roof leaking will be noted in the home inspection report.
Home Inspection Tip: It is a good idea to have a regular home inspection to evaluate the health of your roof, including chimney flashing. Small problems can be rectified before they blossom into costly repairs.
Roof and chimney flashing evaluations are just one important part of an A-Pro 500-point home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector, visit here or call 843-501-0220 or 803-807-2302.
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Attic Venting: Why It’s One of the
Most Critical Parts of an A-Pro The Midlands Home Inspection
People in the market for a home often carry with them a mental list of items which define their “perfect house.” Maybe a fenced-in backyard, new appliances, granite countertops, a finished basement.
For many home-shoppers, proper attic ventilation may not rank as high as, say, “plenty of closet space,” but it certainly should.
During a lifetime of home inspections, certified inspectors have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to attic venting. Before you buy, it pays to have a home inspection which includes a thorough assessment of this critical home element.
First, what are some of the benefits of proper attic ventilation? A home stays cooler in the summer by expelling trapped solar-heated air, which translates into greater comfort and cost savings. A well-vented attic in winter will prevent roof warming, which leads to the formation of destructive ice dams. Further, extreme summer heat in a poorly vented attic can cook shingles and roof sheathing, cutting short their intended life spans. Failure to follow manufacturer instructions in regard to attic venting will also void warranties on most roofing products.
Ideally, a proper balance of correctly placed intake and exit venting will keep the attic close to outside temperatures, helping to prevent high moisture levels that can damage roof and attic wood structures, harm roof decking, spur mold and mildew growth, lead to paint failure, invite wood destroying insects inside, and other concerns.
An attic should have at least one square foot of ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic, according to the Federal Housing Administration. Amazingly, it is not uncommon for a A-Pro The Midlands home inspection to reveal significantly less venting or no venting at all.
The A-Pro The Midlands home inspection will include an evaluation to ascertain if attic venting is present, what kind of venting is in place, and if it’s doing its intended job. Signs that there may be inadequate attic venting will be noted in a home inspection report. They may include:
• Shingle deterioration
• Mold and mildew in the attic
• Wet insulation
• An excessively hot attic
• Sheathing condensation
• Condensation on rafters
An A-Pro The Midlands home inspection is a great opportunity to ask a professional about attic venting. A complete attic inspection is included in an A-Pro 500-point home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector, or call 843-501-0220 or 803-807-2302 .
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Vinyl Siding: Six Problems Your Home Inspector Is Trained to Identify
For individuals immersed in the task of shopping for a home, vinyl siding can be a major selling point. When correctly installed, it can last for many years and is relatively easy to maintain. Besides, it looks great. So, there should be no problems, right?

Wrong. Certified home inspectors are experienced at spotting vinyl siding issues that may not be apparent to the untrained eye. Before you buy, it’s important to know the condition of the siding and whether improper installation may lead to future trouble.

Here are six common areas of concern that may be observed by your home inspector, courtesy of your friends at A-Pro The Midlands Home Inspectors:

Loose Panels: One of the more obvious signs of compromised vinyl siding, panels that have pulled away from a house may be completely ripped off in a windstorm.

Panel Buckling and Warping: Properly installed vinyl siding will “hang” from fasteners. When nailed correctly, panels can easily move from side to side about ¼ to ½ inch. This allows for thermal expansion and contraction. When nails are fully driven against the hem, movement is impossible, causing the restricted panels to buckle over time. This is a condition your home inspector will note in the report.

Lap Joint Bulging: Your home inspector will observe siding bulges in cases where a ½-inch gap has not been provided between the boards' nailing strips.

J-Channel Issues: Around windows, doors, dryer vents, and other exterior features, J-channel trim abuts siding courses, providing water protection and expansion capabilities. Due to improper cutting and installation of the J-channel, water intrusion and subsequent wood rot – particularly on the sides of windows, corners, and above windows and doors – can result. This issue will be recorded by the home inspector.

Cracks and Breakage: This is more commonly reported by a home inspector when checking less durable, older vinyl siding products that are more prone to impact damage, such as stones kicked up by a lawn mower.

Presence of Exterior Sheathing: A home inspector will check to see if building paper or housewrap is installed beneath siding as protection against water damage.

A-Pro The Midlands Home Inspectors Maintenance Tip: Tree limbs and shrubbery too close to a home can damage vinyl siding. Keep your greenery neat and tidy to protect your investment from punctures and larger holes.

The above is only a sampling of vinyl siding assessments performed by a home inspector. A thorough vinyl siding evaluation is included in an A-Pro 500-point home inspection. To hire certified local A-Pro The Midlands home inspectors, visit or call 843-501-0220 or 803-807-2302.
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