11 month inspection

If you are thinking about purchasing a new construction home, it is important to do your research into new construction inspections! Just because it is a new build, does not mean it is exempt from potential issues. New does not necessarily mean perfect. We encourage all of our clients to trust but verify. The 11 month home inspection is done 11 months after the build is complete and generally before the builder’s warranty expires.

The checklist will go over every point that is covered and inspected and there are options for home warranty policies that can be purchased.


Water Quality Testing

Clear water does not necessarily mean clean water. Having our inspectors perform a water quality test can give you an in-depth look at what we may not be able to visibly see is going into our bodies. Dangerous levels of bacteria, including E. coli; elevated levels of nitrates and nitrites from fertilizers that leach into the groundwater; heavy metal contamination such as lead; can all be present in our home’s water system whether public or private. Testing ensures that the home’s water is safe for everyday use.

what testing can reveal

Public and private water supplies should be tested because they may be affected by the following:

Lead Paint Testing

The U.S. government banned lead-based paints for use in housing in 1978. But if your home was built before that, it may contain some lead-based paint. In fact, an estimated 24 million houses have peeling, leaded paint, and higher than normal levels of lead-filled house dust.

Performing a lead test lets you know if lead is present within the walls of your home. Once you become aware, you can take precautions to protect yourself and your family from potential lead poisoning that can come from the dust of cracked or otherwise disturbed paint.

Asbestos testing

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of soft and flexible fibers that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. Because of its resilience and strength, asbestos was commonly used in many commercial and residential properties despite the harmful effects to human health.

where it's found

Asbestos can be found in a multitude of building materials such as:

If a building or home was constructed before 1980 there is a good chance that it was built with some asbestos containing materials. The only way to know for sure if a material contains asbestos or not is to have it tested. In the event that asbestos is found in your home there is no need to panic. If it is in good condition, meaning it’s not cracked or flaking, then it is essentially harmless. When a material with asbestos in it begins to crack or crumble, that’s when it becomes a problem. As the material degrades, the asbestos fibers contained within will become airborne and can then be inhaled. Since they are so small, a single asbestos fiber can remain airborne for up to 30 days. This is when that cracked tile in the bathroom can become an issue. Let us give you peace of mind when it comes to what could be hiding within the walls, floors, and ceilings of your new home.

Pool & Spa Testing

You’ve finally found the house of your dreams, which includes your own backyard oasis.  Pools and spas can be expensive to maintain and repair, as well as introduce various safety concerns. When buying or selling a home, a residential pool or spa inspection is vital to ensure the safety and longevity of the pool and its equipment. AA Marshall will inspect all equipment and surroundings to ensure proper function and safety requirements are being met. This includes a visual inspection and testing of the equipment used to operate the pool or spa, including motors, pumps, valves, filters, and heating systems. The equipment will be inspected for defects such as leaks in exposed plumbing, deficient heating and electrical, and other malfunctioning components.

Well Inspection

We understand the challenges of owning a home and the extra challenges that come with having a well. Well water systems are complex natural and mechanical systems with many components subject to failure or malfunction. Well inspections provide a thorough evaluation of the entire well system.

This begins with checking the operation of the submersible pump and the water recharging into the well. The inspector examines all parts of the pressure tank, which is usually located in the basement, as well as the flow rate. Each well inspection conducted by AA Marshall is backed by a 6 month warranty from the date of inspection.

Chimney inspection

Our AA Marshall inspectors conduct a Level 2 chimney inspection. This is a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish is required. We will simply send a camera scope up the chimney and report on things such as creosote build up, cracked or damaged brick, or a damaged damper.

AA Marshall will send you the video of your chimney inspection with the report so you can have a visual of the potential issues found.