About Home and Commercial Inspections

Home & Commercial Inspections LLC

Home-Buying Decision Making Made Simple

Home & Commercial Inspections LLC is dedicated to safeguarding our clients’ families as well as their interests by providing exceptional home and commercial inspections. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Home & Commercial Inspections LLC is a leader in the real estate sector, committed to providing expert, effective, and efficient property assessments.

We’ll customize our service to meet your specific needs. Make us your first choice and let Home & Commercial Inspections LLC give you the peace of mind needed to make your property-buying decision in the Central Ohio area and beyond.

Why Choose Home & Commercial Inspections LLC?

Our Commitment to Exceptional Results

We are driven by a desire to provide exceptional building inspection services to all our clients. With outstanding customer service, we strive to remain a cornerstone and community leader in the home and commercial building inspections sector. We deliver quality inspection services to building purchasers, sellers, and realtors in a dynamic environment that promotes security and positive outcomes for buyers, sellers, and investment customers.

Prioritizing the needs of the customer is paramount at Home & Commercial Inspections LLC, and customer satisfaction is the driving force behind everything we do.

Because Walls Can’t Talk

If walls could talk, you wouldn’t need a residential or commercial inspection, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. We’re the voice of your property. Let us tell you whether it’s been properly maintained, or if it’s about to fall apart. We’ll get in the crawl spaces, on the roof, in the garage, or wherever we need to go find out the true history of the structure. Walls can’t talk but we can, and our language is simple, direct, and accurate. Contact us today to get a trustworthy, thorough, home or commercial inspection before you make the final buying decision.

You Can Trust Our Experience

Home & Commercial Inspections LLC is a team of skilled and seasoned industry specialists who are certified, licensed, and experienced in the field of residential and commercial building inspections. More importantly, the company’s inspections services are conducted by state-licensed and certified inspectors. Analytical and detail-oriented, we understand the needs of the most discerning clients and the most challenging situations. Our experience is founded on customer service, integrity, knowledge, and a continually refined skill base.

We know what we’re doing, and we have the accreditation to prove it. Home & Commercial Inspections LLC is an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) certified firm with years of experience in the construction and inspection business. All of our agents are ASHI Certified Inspectors (ACI) American Society of Home Inspectors with an extensive residential and commercial building background. Buying a residential or commercial property is an important decision, and we’re here to help you make the right choice.

Quality Guaranteed

Home & Commercial Inspections LLC is the go-to property inspection company in Columbus, Ohio—a hub for industry knowledge and expertise. We guarantee the best non-invasive assessment of residential and commercial spaces and provide honest and thorough reports to our customers.

Comprehensive Inspection Reports

We have a wide range of services for buyers and sellers of residential and commercial spaces to choose from. Depending on your particular building and environmental needs, our reports are not only thorough but also simplified and laid out in such a way that you can easily understand and interpret them for informed decision making.

Team Satisfaction

What sets us apart from other industry players is our team motivation. Inspectors are stakeholders of our company and are rewarded for their individual and joint successes. We encourage all our associates to grow through our training and development programs, upscaling their experience, education, and industry expertise.

Home & Commercial Inspection Services

We check for: Mold, Asbestos, Termites, Radon, Lead Based Paint, Thermal Anomalies, and many other problems which can be associated with a property.

Call us for home and commercial inspection services in Columbus, Ohio, Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland, Springfield and Athens metropolitan areas for a Home inspection or Property Condition Assessment today./p>

HC Inspectors, LLC (Home Inspections)
715 Shawan Falls Dr. #1954 Dublin, Ohio 43017
(800) 241-0133

Frequently Asked Questions

1Q. What Is a Lead-Based Paint Inspection?
A. Lead exposure is an all-too-common occurrence that can have a variety of sources. While lead paint is perhaps the most well-known source of lead exposure, lead is present in soil, drinking water, dust, and certain products that can easily enter the body through Ingestion or inhalation and cause health problems, so it is important to identify potential hazards and safeguard your property. A lead-based paint inspection or assessment involves a sampling method and laboratory testing to determine whether lead is present.

Paint Chip Sampling
Paint chip sampling is a disruptive process that may result in the discharge of trace amounts of lead dust. A sample of 1-2 square inches of paint is all that is needed—the typical approach is to scrape a sample off the surface, removing all layers of paint but none of the substrate. A heat gun can be used to soften the paint first. Once enough paint has been removed, the samples are placed in a container to be shipped to a laboratory recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program.

XRF Sampling
An XRF device assesses lead in paint by sending high intensity X-rays and gamma rays into the paint. Lead atoms are recognized by the instrument and are translated into a measurement of the quantity of lead in the paint. When chemicals in the kit are exposed to lead, a chemical reaction occurs that detects the presence of lead in paint.

Lead-Based Paint Inspection Report
A lead-based paint inspection report is a detailed document that outlines the what, where, and how of the inspection process. The report will include a summary of the scope of services, what testing methodology was used, and a complete narrative of the inspection, as well as findings and recommendations. The quick summary of field-testing results will list the room location, how the sample was collected, the surface area of the sample, the results, and whether lead amounts detected comply with national standards.
2Q. What is an asbestos survey?
A. Asbestos sampling is not a DIY procedure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate material that can be exposed and released into the air when it is disturbed or broken; for example, during demolition operations or building maintenance, repair, and remodeling.

High concentrations of asbestos fibers have been linked to a variety of health problems, including asbestosis (scarring of the lung tissue), malignant tumors and cancers of the lungs or intestine, thickening of membranes around the lungs, and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovary.

Because asbestos fibers are extremely strong and heat resistant, they are frequently used in insulation and fire-retardant materials. Shingles, ceiling tiles, wallpaper floor tile, textured ceilings, plumbing pipe insulation , ductwork joint sealant, heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings are among other building materials manufactured from asbestos.

Our EPA Asbestos Inspectors visit single-family homes, multi-family dwellings, residential rentals, and commercial buildings. We conduct a thorough visual inspection of the area to assess the situation, collect samples of suspicious materials for laboratory testing, and recommend what needs to be done.

Inspectors can check that the contractor chosen to resolve the issue follows required methods, including thorough clean up, and can monitor the air to ensure that asbestos fibers do not rise if repair or removal of asbestos materials is selected.

If asbestos is discovered, our EPA Asbestos Inspector will write a report outlining the location and amount of the damage, as well as recommendations for removal or prevention. After the repair, we may undertake further inspections to ensure the area has been thoroughly cleaned.
3Q. What is thermal imaging?
A. Infrared thermal imaging, often known as thermography, is the process of using a thermal camera to measure temperature fluctuations. Heat gives off infrared light, which is on the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that isn’t visible to the naked eye. Thermal cameras take pictures of heat in the same way a normal camera takes a photo of light. By converting infrared (IR) radiation (heat) into easily decipherable images, inspectors can assess the distribution of temperature on a surface.

Non-destructive testing (NDT) with infrared thermography is a powerful method in the residential, commercial and industrial sector in Columbus, Ohio. It’s ideal for inspecting and troubleshooting a variety of building issues, including electrical equipment, roof leaks, moisture incursion, mechanical systems, and energy loss. Anomalies can be detected without the need to knock down walls, puncture ceilings, or put holes in roofs.
4Q. What does it mean to be a certified ACI?
A. The ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI) program promotes excellence within the home inspector profession as well as continual improvement of ACI’s services to the public. The ASHI certification program establishes a minimum and uniform standard of practice for home inspectors practicing in the United States and Canada. Home inspection professionals offer a vital service to the public in evaluating the condition of a prospective home. Home inspections performed to ASHI Standards of Practice are intended to provide the client with objective information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home as inspected at the time of the inspection.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Agree to follow ASHI’s Standard of Practice
  • Agree to abide by ASHI’s Code of Ethics
  • Pass the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE)
  • Have inspection reports successfully verified for compliance with ASHI’s Standard of Practice
  • Submit valid proof of at least 250 fee-paid home inspections that meet or exceed ASHI Standard of Practice
5Q. What is a mold and indoor air quality assessment?
A. Mold growth is a common problem that can cause a whole host of health issues. If you have recently experienced any flooding because of record rainfall or plumbing problems, you will want to have your property tested. Even persistently high levels of humidity can cause moisture to build up and create the perfect breeding ground for mold and fungi. While you may notice visible signs of mold accumulating in damp, dark places, airborne mold spores are too small to see. Therefore, you could be exposed to mold without realizing that your air is contaminated.

Microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs) are chemical gases produced during fungal growth as waste byproducts. Just as humans expire gases, so do molds. They elevate primarily when mold is in an active state, and their production is dependent on the substrate and environmental conditions. These chemicals can be easily detected (even when no visible mold is present) and monitored to determine the level of actively growing mold in the house.

We also test for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are invisible gases emitted from solids and liquids found in the home or commercial property, such as building materials, cooking sources, gasoline and fuel, air fresheners, paints/varnishes, dry cleaning, laser printers, carpeting, adhesives, cleaning solutions, and many other sources. These chemicals can build up, especially in the winter and summer months when properties are generally closed up.
6Q. What is a Commercial and Inspection ASTM 2018 property condition assessment?
A. A Property Condition Assessment (PCA) details the physical condition of a property or building and is primarily performed on commercial real estate.

The PCA includes a walk-through survey, recorded analysis, and interviews conducted by a trained Home & Commercial Inspections LLC inspector to evaluate your property’s condition. The results are recorded in a Property Condition Report (PCR). This information helps owners recognize the service and repair criteria for future maintenance and builds trust with investors.

We examine elements such as the building’s age, occupancy, and construction type when determining how the property will be appraised, the scope of the inspection necessary, the performance standards needed for a quality inspection, and the specific areas to be looked at. Assessments may vary from a simple visual review of the premises to a thorough analysis of all of the building’s mechanical systems.
7Q. What is radon?
A. One of the main reasons property owners skip a radon inspection is because they simply aren’t aware of radon and the dangers it can pose. Radon is a radioactive gas that is both colorless and odorless, making it impossible to detect without specific tests. This gas forms when naturally occurring uranium decays. Typically, radon gas is found in the soil and seeps into structures through cracks in the foundation. Because radon is radioactive, it poses a variety of health problems to those who are exposed to high levels for prolonged periods. In fact, radon is the number-one cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.
8Q. What is a wood-destroying insect inspection?
A. From termites and fungi to carpenter bees and powderpost beetles, Mother Nature has created plenty of creatures who dine on your prized possession. If you suspect that termites or other wood-destroying insects are attacking your property, schedule a termite inspection so you can prevent further damage and take the necessary steps to eradicate pests and repair your building. Don’t let pests eat away at your investment.

Detecting signs of insect damage requires the trained eye of a professional termite inspector. Our experienced termite inspectors know just what to look for and where to look when conducting your termite inspection. They will thoroughly examine all potentially affected areas and provide you with an Ohio Department of Agricultural Report (Form NPMA-33) that outlines where they detected problems, along with recommendations for the best course of action.
9Q. What is a thermal roof scan (roof inspection)?
A. When the sun shines on the roof or other surfaces during the day, those substrates then radiate heat back at night in a process called radiational cooling. The heat is retained for longer in areas that have a large wet mass than in those areas that are dry. Infrared imagers detect the heat and reveal any uneven heat dissipation, showing up otherwise invisible problem damp areas.

Because wet insulation’s mass is higher than dry insulation, when the roof cools, areas of wet insulation will stay warmer for longer and are easy to spot with the thermal camera. These areas of moisture are then marked for confirmation or removal.

Finding moisture or heat loss problems in a roof is an essential factor to consider when assessing maintenance requirements and building value.

Performing a roof moisture survey means repairs are more cost-effective because you are targeting only the wet and damaged areas, rather than the whole roof.

Our detailed and professional reports document any trapped roof moisture, exposing damp areas and revealing defects so you can explore your repair options. Our reports are also used for pre-coating inspections to confirm that roof substrates are dry before being painted or coated—preventing blistering and peeling—and to ensure that warranties are maintained. Roof moisture surveys are also used for pre-purchase inspections.
10Q: What is a home inspection?
A: A home inspection is an examination of the physical condition of a property. The process is non-invasive and usually connected to a real estate transaction. The home inspector gives clients a report of the conditions of the property so the seller or buyer can make accurate decisions for the sale or purchase of the property.
11Q: Why do I need a home or commercial property inspection?
A: Purchasing your dream home or commercial property is one of the most important things in life. A buyer must learn as much as possible about the condition of the property they are looking to buy. A home and commercial inspector eliminates the possibility of negative surprises in regard to repairs or difficulties with the property after the purchase. On the other hand, as a seller, you want a home and commercial inspector (pre-list inspection) in order to prepare your property in the best shape possible to a buyer and meet their inspector’s standards to eliminate issues.
12Q: Why should you choose our team to inspect your home or commercial property?
A: Our team is comprised of professionals who are committed to provide thorough and reliable residential and commercial inspections that exceed industry standards. We are fully licensed and value continuing education, so you can count on us for a thorough and quality inspection! All of our inspectors have experience working in the mechanical and building trades and can carry up to 14 different certifications. This unique perspective allows our team to identify potential hazards and early warning signs that can save you money, time, and frustration.
13Q: What does my home or commercial inspection report include?
A: Inspector reports include: the heating system, the electrical system, the cooling system, the interior plumbing, the roof surface, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, appliances, foundation, basement, exterior, drainage, and structure.

Homebuyers appreciate a simple yet detailed electronic reporting format, and that’s exactly what we deliver. Home & Commercial Inspections LLC uses state of the art software to create a comprehensive and customized assessment of the property condition. Here’s a sample of the quality reporting you can expect from us.
14Q: How long does a home inspection take?
A: Typically, a thorough residential or commercial inspection will last 2-4 hours on average, depending on the size of the house, age, and condition.
15Q: How much does a home inspection cost?
A: Home & Commercial Inspections LLC is an affordable option for property buyers. General inspections start at $300, and pricing may vary depending on the age and square footage of the property. We offer upfront pricing with no hassles or surprises. Click here to find out exactly what your inspection will cost.
16Q: Is an appraisal the same thing as a residential or commercial inspection?
A: No, an appraisal covers the market value of a property based on its location and size whereas the home or commercial inspection determines the condition of the property in regard to its structure and mechanicals.
17Q: Can I perform the home or commercial inspection on my own?
A: We recommend a professional, as even the most experienced property owner hasn’t inspected hundreds of locations. A home and commercial inspector has calculated and measured the elements of many different properties in terms of construction and maintenance. Also, if you’re a buyer, you will emotionally react to a property that you want, and this could affect the judgments of a personal inspection. An inspector will provide the necessary objectivity.