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Home Inspections

ValueGuard has inspected over 45,000 homes and condos in the City of Philadelphia, on the Main Line, and in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  We are a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating.  Our team of experienced ASHI® Certified home inspectors perform superior, in-depth house and condo inspections at competitive prices.  Our full time, knowledgeable office staff can answer your questions and schedule a convenient time for your inspection.  Call us at 215-860-3150.

What does the ValueGuard home inspection cover?

Philadelphia Home Inspection

Structural Components • Roofing • Exterior • Electrical • Heating • Cooling/Heat Pumps • Insulation/Ventilation • Plumbing • Interior Components

Starting at the exterior of the property, the ValueGuard home inspector will visually inspect the roof, flashing, chimneys, gutters, and downspouts. The inspector will then inspect the siding, trim, windows, doors, decks, walkways and driveways. Drainage issues, retaining walls and patios will be inspected as to any negative impact that they may pose on the building.

After the ValueGuard home inspector has completed his survey of the exterior he will inspect the visible framing members in the attic and basement for signs of structural defects and prior repairs. electrical panel inspection

The inspector will also visually inspect the electrical system, the heating and cooling systems, the plumbing, insulation, and major appliances. While these areas are being observed the inspector will note any material defects in the interior components of the home.

The home inspector will explain how the various systems of the home operate and give you information on how to maintain the home. It is a good idea to bring a pad of paper and any questions that you may have to the inspection so the inspector can address your concerns during the inspection. And yes, we encourage questions!

What type of report is provided after your home inspection?

ValueGuard home inspections are followed-up by a comprehensive written report that itemizes all of the information gathered at the time of inspection. Your inspection report will highlight the Major  Concerns, Safety Issues, Repair Items and Items to Monitor and includes color photos of areas of concern.Your home inspection report is emailed to you, and if requested to your real estate agent, the next business day.

Call 215-860-3150 to schedule your ValueGuard Home Inspection.


ValueGuard Home Inspections: If we didn’t inspect it, you shouldn’t buy it!

To schedule a ValueGuard home inspection, condo inspection, or commercial property inspection please call 215-860-3150.


ValueGuard Home Inspections
Since 1997, proudly inspecting Philadelphia, the Main Line, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County PA  & Southern New Jersey

Office:  634 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-860-3150  610-642-5500  800-965-8520
info@valueguardusa.com

Our experienced, ASHI Certified home inspectors live and work in the communities we serve!

Radon Testing

radon testing in pennsylvania

ValueGuard Professional Home Radon Testing

ValueGuard Certified Radon Technicians have performed over 20,000 radon detection tests throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania since 1997. Our professional radon testing service features:

• Tamper-resistant electronic test monitor
• 48 hour test, results in minutes!
• Accurate, detailed radon test report

• Convenient scheduling

ValueGuard is a test only firm to avoid any conflict of interest. We do not perform or recommend radon mitigation services.

Bucks County Radon Testing • Chester County Radon Testing• Delaware County Radon Testing • Montgomery County Radon Testing Philadelphia Radon Testing 


What is Radon?

radon testing

You cannot see, smell or taste radon; however, it may be a problem in your home or a property you are purchasing. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. This gas moves through the earth and enters buildings through cracks and/or holes in foundations and floors and accumulates. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Surgeon General have identified radon gas as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

 


Do I need to test for radon

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The only way to determine if you are at risk is to perform testing. The EPA and Surgeon General recommend testing for all homes below the third floor. EPA further recommends that homes with high radon concentration be mitigated.Pennsylvania zone map ValueGuard is a test only firm to avoid any conflict of interest. We do not perform or recommend radon mitigation services.

Map of Radon Zones for Pennsylvania

• Homes with elevated levels of radon have been found in all three zones.
• All homes should be tested regardless of geographic location. Learn more
• Click on the image for a larger version | What do the colors mean?

Pennsylvania’s Highest Radon Potential Counties (Red on map) include Berks, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties. The potential average indoor radon screening level for RED counties is greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). The EPA recommends mitigation for elevated (4.0 pCli/l or higher) results.


electronic tamper-resistant radon testing

Radon Test Results You Can Depend On

Sellers can easily compromise most radon tests to avoid responsibility. Who will know if they open the windows or move the test device to get a false low? ValueGuard uses electronic, tamper-resistant monitors which detect any unusual readings of radon, temperature and humidity caused by opening the surrounding windows. Tilt and power sensors detect if the monitor is moved to a different location. Hourly barometric pressure readings will even help detect unusual radon averages due to extreme weather conditions. All data is reviewed for any sign of suspected tampering by trained professionals. Bottom line: It is extremely difficult to compromise a ValueGuard electronic monitor radon test without getting caught.

At the end of the 48-hour test period, the ValueGuard radon technician will download the results in minutes. Your accurate and dependable Radon Test Results will be emailed to you. ValueGuard Radon technicians have performed over 20,000 radon detection tests since 1997!  Call 215-860-3150 to schedule your 48-hour radon test.


To view a ValueGuard Sample Radon Test Report, click here:


To schedule a radon test click here or call 215-860-3150:


ValueGuard Radon Testing Services

 

Since 1997, proudly testing radon in Philadelphia, the Main Line, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County Pennsylvania

Office:  634 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Call 215-860-3150 or 610-642-5500
info@valueguardusa.com

Our experienced, ASHI Certified home inspectors and state certified radon technicians live and work in the communities we serve!

 


Additional Radon Information Sources

• Your Radon Test Results will be emailed to you after completion of the 48 hour test. If the radon concentration is elevated (4.0 pCli/l or higher),it can easily be fixed. To find out how, click here

 

• To find a qualified radon mitigation contractor near you, click here:

• To view the National Safety Council’s Award Winning Radon Public Service Announcement click here:

• For more information on radon, view the US EPA radon website:

• To view the US EPA Consumer Guide to Radon Reduction, click here:


ValueGuard Radon Testing Services

We’ve tested over 20,000 homes for radon since 1997!
Call 215-860-3150 or 610-642-5500 to schedule your radon test

PA DEP Certified Radon Testing Company

ValueGuard is a PA DEP Certified Radon Testing Company

Got Radon? Get Tested!

New Home Inspection

New Construction Inspections PANew homes should be inspected regardless of whether they will be conveyed with a builder’s warranty.  When the building is completed, the home inspector will inspect the exterior, roof, gutters, chimneys, flashing, siding, trim, doors and site. He will also inspect the finished heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing and interior systems. A ValueGuard comprehensive inspection report is delivered via email the day following your inspection. This report generally ranges form 20-30+ pages with color photographs.

Our inspectors routinely observe structural, heating, cooling, roofing, exterior, plumbing, and interior defects in new homes that go unnoticed by both the builder and buyer until they become a significant problem.

For most people, buying a home is the single largest purchase ever made. Let one of our highly trained home inspectors help protect your interests in your new home.

Visit our Online Pricing section for ValueGuard home inspection fees. Inspection Fees & Pricing

To schedule a Greater Philadelphia new home inspection, condo inspection, or commercial property inspection call 215-860-3150.  Thanks!


ValueGuard Home Inspections
Since 1997, proudly inspecting Philadelphia, the Main Line, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County PA & Southern New Jersey


Office: 634 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-860-3150  610-642-5500  800-965-8520
info@valueguardusa.com

 

11 Month New Home Inspection - Prior to Builder's Warranty Expiration

11th Month New Home Inspection – Prior to Builder’s Warranty Expiration

11month, new home inspection

ValueGuard will perform a full inspection of the property and report any issues that should be brought to the builder’s attention prior to the lapse of the builder’s warranty.  This is a comprehensive inspection of all of the major systems in the home as well as any repairs made by the builder during the time you have been in your new home. This inspection is performed just prior to the end of the 1 year builder’s warranty.

Call us at 215-860-3150 or 610-642-5500 to schedule your 11th Month New Home Inspection.

Visit our Online Pricing section for ValueGuard home inspection fees. Inspection Fees & Pricing


ValueGuard Home Inspections
Since 1997, proudly inspecting homes in the City of Philadelphia, on the Main Line, and Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey

Office:  634 Pine Street  Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-860-3150  610-642-5500  800-965-8520  info@valueguardusa.com

 

Termite Inspection - Wood Destroying Insect Inspection

ValueGuard does not perform Wood Destroying Insect (Termite) inspections, but will arrange for an evaluation by other specialists, to be performed at the time of the building inspection.

The licensed specialists perform comprehensive inspections for termites, carpenter ants and the other wood destroying insects.

Visit our Online Pricing section for Termite – Wood Destroying Insect Inspection fees. Inspection Fees & Pricing

Call us at 215-860-3150 to schedule your WDI (termite) inspection.

 

Water

A complete range of water testing services is available from ValueGuard. Collected water samples are tested against county, FHA and other applicable standards. The water potability is a test that will check the quality of the water (levels of bacteria, nitrite, color, odor, PH etc). We can also provide testing of lead in water.

Visit our Online Pricing section for water testing fees. Inspection Fees & Pricing

Call 215-860-3150 to schedule your water test.

 

Additional Information on Water Testing

Lead, a metal found in natural deposits, is commonly used in household plumbing materials and water service lines. The greatest exposure to lead is swallowing or breathing in lead paint chips and dust.

But lead in drinking water can also cause a variety of adverse health effects. In babies and children, exposure to lead in drinking water above the action level can result in delays in physical and mental development, along with slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. In adults, it can cause increases in blood pressure. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.

Lead is rarely found in source water, but enters tap water through corrosion of plumbing materials. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. However, new homes are also at risk: even legally “lead-free” plumbing may contain up to 8 percent lead. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures which can leach significant amounts of lead into the water, especially hot water.

http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/index.cfm

 

Well Certification

ValueGuard does not perform well inspections, but will arrange for a well evaluation by other specialists, to be performed at the time of the building inspection.

A well inspection includes a complete analysis of the performance of on-site wells. Full pumping equipment information is identified, including pump and tank model, horsepower and voltage. Flow test information, including pump flow rate, well yield, length of test, static level, pumping level, drawdown and pressure setting. The condition of the equipment and well is provided. A trained well technician performs all testing.

Visit our Online Pricing section for well certification and water testing fees. Inspection Fees & Pricing

Call 215-860-3150 to schedule your well certification test.

Structural Engineering

If requested, ValueGuard will arrange for a licensed professional engineer to evaluate the integrity of foundations and the other structural components of the home. A full written report describing the problem and the recommended repair strategies is provided.

Call us at 215-860-3150 to schedule a structural inspection.

 

Commercial Building & Property Inspections

 

Southeastern Pennsylvania Commercial Property Inspections
Philadelphia Commercial Property Inspections
New Jersey Commercial Property Inspections

Commercial Properties & Office Buildings • Apartment Buildings • Retail/Mercantile • Industrial • Farms & Country Estates

Since 1997, ValueGuard has performed commercial building inspections throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and New Jersey – from commercial buildings in Philadelphia to professional office buildings on the Main Line and apartment buildings in Wilmington. We’ve inspected government office buildings and courthouses in New Jersey and horse farms & country estates throughout Bucks and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania.

Our highly trained and knowledgeable inspectors will prepare a comprehensive narrative-style inspection report that is custom tailored to the property that is being inspected.  Each major system has a separate section:

Structural Components • Roofing • Exterior Components • Electrical • Heating • Cooling/Heat Pumps • Insulation/Ventilation • Plumbing • Interior Components

that explains the system, visually observable major defects, its positive attributes and system observations, including:

• Major Concerns • Safety Issues • Repair Items • Improvement Items • Items to Monitor

Commercial building inspection fees are based on the square footage of the property and estimated man-hours to complete the inspection. ValueGuard is a company that believes in service after the sale. Our inspectors, radon technicians and customer service personnel are always available to answer your questions before and after the inspection. Call us at 215-860-3150 for more information or to schedule a commercial building inspection.


Exterior & interior photos of recent ValueGuard commercial property inspections

Philly Building Inspection – Interior Photos – © ValueGuard


Main Line Professional Office Building – Interior Photos - © ValueGuard


 

Apartment Complex – 18 Units – Interior Photos © ValueGuard


Philly Commercial Building & Condo Inspections - © ValueGuard


Store Front and Apartments – Wilmington – Interior Photos - © ValueGuard


Philly Warehouse Building Inspection – Interior Photos - © ValueGuard


Historic Court House – Patterson, New Jersey – Interior Photos - © ValueGuard


Modern Courthouse – Camden, New Jersey – Interior Photos - © ValueGuard


Chapel and Offices – New Jersey – Interior Photos - © ValueGuard


Philadelphia Building Inspection – Interior Photos - © ValueGuard


Commercial Properties & Office Buildings • Apartment Buildings • Retail/Mercantile • Industrial • Farms & Country Estates


ValueGuard Commercial Building Inspections

Since 1997, proudly inspecting properties in Philadelphia, the Main Line, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County PA & Southern NJ


Office:  634 Pine Street  Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-860-3150  610-642-5500  800-965-8520  info@valueguardusa.com