Home Inspections in Methuen, MA
My name is Wayne Czybora. I started Bonafide Home Inspections back in 1994 with the goal of providing a superior home inspection so homebuyers can feel good about moving into their new home. Prior to that, I was an exterminator for 7 years and have retained my pest license ever since. This experience comes in handy when looking for signs of insect damage, as insects can cause significant damage to a house. It is highly unlikely that you will find another home inspector with that much experience in pest control (if any at all) along with that much experience in home inspections. Now, I'm not just talking about having a pest license. I'm talking about having the actual experience as an exterminator. Anyone can get a pest license.
If you want to find some of the best home inspectors in MA and NH, you really need to do some research. There's nothing worse than moving into a house and then realizing that you need to sink $20,000 into it right away, all because of an incompetent home inspector.
First, go to the State's Board of Home Inspectors' website and make sure the inspector's license is still valid. Second, check the inspector out at the Better Business Bureau. Check for complaints and read any reviews that may be posted. And don't just go for the cheapest home inspector. In this business, oftentimes you generally get what you pay for. Whatever you're spending for that house, it's a lot of money and searching for a home inspector with a “bargain hunter's” mentality is definitely not the right approach. Hope to hear from you soon.
Services That We Offer:
State regulations do not require us to inspect appliances. I inspect and operate dishwashers, ranges, microwaves and trash compactors.
Inspect and operate all toilets, sinks, tubs and showers, checking for leaks and proper functionality. Also inspect any exhaust fans.
House Exterior & Structural Inspection
I’m checking the walls/siding, fascias, rake boards, soffits and windows. I’m also checking the structural integrity of the building.
Porch, Deck and Balcony Inspection
Inspecting for structural integrity and safety. Inspecting underneath, as well (if possible).
Roof, Flashing, & Chimney Inspection
Checking the condition of the roofing material (ie: shingles, etc.). Also inspecting vent pipes, exhaust vents and skylights.
I am actually looking for any kind of insect damage (ie: termite, carpenter ant, etc.) My 7 years (previous) experience as an exterminator along with my 18 years experience as a home inspector simply cannot be matched. If you or someone you know has more experience than me in each of these two fields (and can prove it) then I will gladly remove this claim.
Ensuring structural integrity of the roof. Making sure the attic is properly vented. Checking for signs of water penetration. Inspecting chimney (if present) and making sure there is an adequate amount of insulation.
Walls, Floors, Ceilings, Doors & Windows Inspection
The State regulations only require that we operate one door and window per room. I go well beyond that.
Ensuring structural integrity, looking for signs of water penetration and also inspecting bulkheads.
Heating System Inspection
Inspect and operate all boilers, furnaces and air handlers. Making sure each room has a heat source. Inspection of oil tanks is not mandated by the State but they are certainly included in my home inspection.
Exterior Drainage & Grading Inspection
This is an important part of a home inspection, as water is a home’s “worst enemy”. I am also inspecting the gutters and downspouts to ensure they are taking the water far enough away from the structure.
Water Analysis (add’l fee)
This test is highly recommended for any house with well water. I can test for up to 26 items in
the water (ie: bacteria, lead, iron, etc.).
Radon Testing (add’l fee)
If there is a finished basement or if you plan on finishing it, then this test is highly recommended. There are also other situations that would constitute performing a radon test.
Cooling System Inspection (weather-permitting)
Inspect and operate all cooling systems (ie: condensors, compressors, evaporator coils, heat pumps, etc.).
Plumbing System Inspection
Inspect and operate all plumbing fixtures. Looking for leaks in supply and drainage pipes everywhere . Ensuring there are no clogged pipes (backups). Water heaters are inspected, as well.
Electrical System Inspection
Extremely important part of a home inspection from a cost standpoint, as well as safety. Inspecting all electrical panels. Ensuring proper grounding of electrical system. Inspecting all visible wiring throughout the building for loose and/or exposed wires. The State regulations only require us to check one outlet per room. I go way beyond that.
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Introduction to Methuen, Massachusetts
Methuen, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 1 miles NW of Lawrence, Massachusetts (center to center) and 26 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. It’s situated in the lower Merrimack Valley. The central area of town includes prominent granite walls and turrets which were created during the early years. Methuen includes farms and suburbs and urban neighborhoods. Colombo, Nabisco, McKesson and Micro Touch have facilities in the city. It was named in tribute to Sir Paul Methuen, a British diplomat.
The city was a significant factor in the nation’s Industrial Revolution. Mills situated along the Spicket River and Spicket Falls produced textiles, shoes and hats. David Nevins, Charles H. Tenney and Edward F. Searles left an architectural legacy that is shown in the schools, mansions, churches, houses and mills.
Methuen and nearby Attractions
- The Searles, Tenney, Nevins Historic District features distinctive architecture and is regarded as one of the most unique neighborhoods in the state.
- Methuen Memorial Music Hall includes a huge, historic pipe organ.
- Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.
- Nevins Memorial Library is an impressive looking brick building.
- Peabody Museum.
- Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
- American Textile History Museum.
- Lowell National Historical Park.
- Merrimack Repertory Theatre.
The New Hampshire lakes, and the Atlantic coast are close enough for day trips. The nearby Harold Parker State Forest is a vast acreage and includes a collection of ponds and offers scenic views of fall foliage. Canobie Lake Park is situated in the region. The Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge is a National Protected Area. The Essex National Heritage Area is located in Essex county and features thousands of historic sites and districts.
Methuen Higher Education
Merrimack College, the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and Rivier College are nearby.
A Complete Home Inspection
- Exterior home inspection (walls,trim,grading)
- Porch, patio, balcony and deck home inspection
- Roof, flashing, and chimney home inspection
- Structural integrity home inspection
- Interior (walls,floors,ceilings,windows)
- Attic home inspection (including ventilation)
- Basement home inspection (water seepage)
- Heating system home inspection
- Cooling system home inspection
- Plumbing system home inspection
- Electrical system home inspection
- Termite (VA) home inspection (add’l fee)
- Radon testing (add’l fee)
- Water analysis (add’l fee)