Pre-Purchase/Pre-Listing Inspection

Litt Home Inspection adheres to the Standards of the American Society of Home Inspectors and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  What we inspect is strictly regulated by the state in 266 CMR 6.00. To review the scope and limitations of a home inspection performed in the State of Massachusetts, click here: Massachusetts Standards Of Practice For Home Inspectors

 Following the inspection (within 24 hours and usually by the end of day of the inspection) you will receive a detailed, comprehensive report with photos illustrating defects observed during the inspection. Our reports include summaries at the end which reiterate and assist in prioritizing the issues.

In overview, the main systems and components examined are:

  • Roof - Roof covering, flashings, roof drainage systems, skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations

  • Exterior - Wall cladding, doors and windows, decks, balconies, porches, stairs and railings, exposed trim, flashings, driveways, walkways, retaining walls, grading and site drainage

  • Structural Systems - Foundations (interior and exterior), basements and crawlspaces, structural framing (beams, columns, girders), roof framing (rafters, trusses, ties, sheathing)

  • Electrical - Service entrance, meters, grounding, disconnects, main and sub-panels, wiring, breakers and receptacles, switches and fixtures

  • Plumbing - Supply and waste piping, shut-offs, supports, insulation, drains, traps, vents, water heating equipment

  • Heating/Cooling - Heating equipment, cooling equipment, distribution systems, pipes, ducts, vents, insulation, tanks, fuel supply systems and fuel shut-offs

  • Interior - Walls, floors, ceilings, windows and doors, trim, cabinetry, dishwashers, ovens, ranges, (we do not test microwaves, washers and dryers, in-window air-conditioners or other non-permanent units)

  • Insulation/Ventilation - Insulation and ventilation in basements, crawlspaces and attics, ventilation of kitchen, laundry and bathrooms

  • Fireplaces - Masonry, visible flue and flue lining, dampers, hearth

For a virtual home inspection tour, click here:  Home Inspection Virtual Tour

Homeowner Maintenance Evaluation

A house is a living breathing entity that requires ongoing maintenance to assure the health and safety of you and your family and to protect the security of your real estate investment. For the homeowner, Litt Home Inspection can perform a consultation type inspection - without a written report - for a reduced fee or a standard home inspection as described above. A homeowner maintenance evaluation will assist you in identifying areas, systems or components that require immediate attention, as well as  identify, prioritize and plan for upcoming repairs or replacements. 

Radon Testing

Radon is radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breath. Radon gas is the a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. The EPA recommends the testing of all residential dwellings and mitigation if radon readings are higher than 4.0 pCi/L.  Litt Home Inspection offers two types of radon testing, Liquid Scintillation Canisters or Continuous Radon Monitoring Machine.

Liquid Scintillation Canisters - At the time of the home inspection,  two small canisters are set up and exposed to the surrounding air for 48-72 hours. They are sealed and picked up (by the buyer or designated representative) and sent to a local laboratory for analysis. Results are based on an average radon level over the course of the test and are available in a few days via the web. 

Continuous Radon Monitoring Machine - A radon measuring machine is placed in the home for 48-72 hours and provides a tamper resistant test with hourly recorded levels of radon, temperature and humidity. Results are available shortly after the conclusion of the test Clients receive an electronic report via email. Arrangements can be made for Litt Home Inspection to set the test up days prior to the home inspection so that the results are available by the conclusion of the home inspection. This test can also be performed as a service independent from a home inspection.

For more information on radon and radon testing see our FAQ and our Useful Links pages.