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Pre-Purchase Home Inspection

Related Home Inspection Services

  • Professional Engineer Inspections (buying or selling)
  • Foundation Inspections
  • Basement Water Evaluation
  • Second Opinion Inspections
  • Energy Evaluation Inspections
  • Structural and Mechanical Consultations
  • Pre-Construction Plan Examination
  • In-Progress Construction Inspections
  • Relocation Inspections
  • Bank/Lender Inspections
  • Realtor Pre-Listing Inspections

Buying a home in Ohio is an exciting process.

This is a time when an expert, professional home inspection is needed most. Criterium-Ackerman Engineers can provide you with a detailed report to help you learn about the house you want to buy and avoid costly surprises in the future.

A careful examination of a house is not easy. Criterium-Ackerman Engineers provides home inspections by Professional Engineers who are licensed by the state of Ohio and adhere to the highest legal and ethical standards.

Our inspection is a limited visual inspection consistent with the standards of practice of the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE), designed to identify significant deficiencies and/or repairs needed in the major systems of a home (structural, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roof, exterior) and to provide a general understanding of the property's current condition.

We look at the following areas during our Standard Home Inspection :

Roof surfacing Plumbing fixtures
Foundation Interior finishes
Visible framing Windows
Basement water problems General energy efficiency
Settlement Gutters and downspouts
Overall structureStorm windows
CondensationExterior finishes/paint
RotDriveways/walkways
Heating unitRetaining walls
Water pumpWood destroying insect inspections
Heat distributionChimneys and fireplaces
Air conditioningFire/safety hazards
Water heaterSeptic system
PipingSwimming pools/tennis courts
Electrical capacityHazardous materials (visual scan)
Electrical distributionVentilation

Following the on-site home inspection, you will receive a detailed written report that our clients find easy to follow. This includes a summary of major systems, a discussion of deficiencies, a description of systems, general repair suggestions, and comparisons to other properties. Unless otherwise noted, our building evaluations are based on visual evidence reasonably available during our inspection. While not a specific guarantee, our report can be considerd a sound engineering opinion based on years of experience examining thousands of structures. Observations and conclusions may be limited since conditions could exist that that are not observed, discovered or would not be known during our inspection.

Call Criterium-Ackerman Engineers for our pricing structure, which is determined by the property's size, age, location and the service you request.