Who needs an EIFS, Stucco or AMSV inspection? •If you have a home with artificial stucco, stucco or AMSC in exposed areas, you should have an inspection every few years. •Buying or selling a home with EIFS, Stucco or AMSV you need one. •Are you thinking about litigation, has you builder stopped responding? •Does your home have a musty or mildew smell? •Do you have stains or discoloration on or around your windows? •Are you finding cracks in the EIFS, Stucco walls around windows or doors? •Have cracks appeared on walls with no windows? •Do you have a two story house? •Have you had termites?
Why does EIFS, Stucco and AMSV have problems? Most of the problems associated with EIFS, Stucco and AMSV are typically related to poor or improper installation. The installation contractor initially did not follow the prescribed instructions from the manufacture of the product and many times the contractors applicators have never attended any formal schooling on the products offered by the manufacture.
How is the inspection done? All of our inspectors are EDI certified. The most modern and up to date electronic scanning equipment is used. We use TRAMEX and Delmhorst equipment and FLIR Infrared Cameras. Photographs will document areas of concern. A database of the property may be stored for future inspections as needed. No holes or cuts (Core Sample) are made unless the owner is consulted and a written release obtained. Taking a "Core Sample" this is the only true way to view the interior wall damage and is needed on all litigation inspections. The "Core Sample" is a 2" x 3" cut through all layers of material. All of the damaged materials are collected and retained as needed. The sample site is then covered with a stainless steel cover plate and sealed for water tightness. Usually only one sample is required. The average inspection will take about 2 hours on site. Results are sent via email within 24 hours. Core samples are not recommended or performed unless litigation is a possibility; if this is the case your attorney will need to be consulted prior to the performance of this type of inspection.
Can my house be sold if it has EIFS, Stucco or AMSV on it? YES, although a good percentage of homes with EIFS, Stucco or AMSV have some type of moisture related or installation problem. If you show prospective buyers that your home has been inspected and that you have made the needed repairs and or adjustments, you may have actually increased your chances of a quicker sale and a higher market value.
Specialized inspections like this are expensive! Not in comparison to buying an EIFS, Stucco or AMSV home and finding out 6 months later that you have a major moisture problem with damaged interior framing and mold issues.
What is the Cost?
The EIFS, Stucco and AMSV inspection is normally an additional $70 to $100 when it is performed with our basic home inspection, if it is for a buyer. You must tell us when the appointment is made that the home has EIFS, Stucco or AMSV on it.
EIFS, Stucco and AMSV inspections without a home inspection are quoted by each job. Our price is based on the amount of time we spend on site. We travel across the state and adjoining states, please call for rates and information for inspections out of the Middle (Nashville) Tennessee area.
Our EIFS inspectors have been Certified through EDI and ASHI.