Residential Services

Quality matters.

Based upon the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) standards this is a non-intrusive, non-invasive visual inspection of all components of the house being purchased by a buyer with a detailed written report with imbedded photographs. This document is designed to be used in the purchase process as support for repair requests provided by a buyer to a seller with the guidance of the real estate professionals representing each of the parties.

  • Home buyer’s inspections and seller’s pre-sale consulting
  • Radon testing
  • Limited Consulting
  • Thermography
  • Air Quality testing
  • Meth screening
  • EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finish Systems) testing

Commercial Services

Our services conform to the ASTM standard E2018-01 protocol for Property Condition Assessments. Best Inspection, Inc. is an inspection company that has specialized in building inspections since 2003. We are geared to move quickly and focus all our efforts on providing you with the necessary information for a commercial property investor. Our reports are designed for quick decision making, with an easy-to-follow summary of recommendations, costs and priorities. We do not offer contracting or project management services; therefore, you know our opinions are unbiased. Our reports are recognized by lending institutions as an important step in the financing process.

The report will be a professional opinion, based on the accessible, visible components and systems of the building. We evaluate the current physical condition; we do not perform a design analysis. We visually review the performance, looking for evidence of distress

The report will identify deficiencies based on a sampling inspection technique. For example; in a 100-foot x 20-foot brick wall, there are roughly 13,500 bricks and 12,000 feet of mortar joints. A brick-by-brick examination and report would require several hours for this building component alone. As a practical alternative, we use our professional judgment and experience to inspect areas and components most likely to show problems. This means that in some cases we will not find localized problems that were detectable.

The fieldwork and report writing will be carried out by Jim Foss as a team leader and he will be assisted by Professional Engineers who specialize in the area of building inspections on an as needed basis.

Home buyer’s inspections and seller’s pre-sale consulting​

Our home inspection service is a visual inspection of the structural elements and systems which are accessible. This typically includes YOU... Yes, that’s right, not all inspectors will allow you to watch!

  • Foundation (We go in the crawl spaces, end to end!)
  • Roofing (We walk on more roofs than any other inspector in town!)
  • Exterior, walls, siding etc...
  • Porches and deck structure (The most common cause of injury in homes!)
  • Attic (We go in the attic, if possible! We even spread a sheet to control our mess)
  • Electrical systems (Our firm does pull the fuse panel covers!)
  • Plumbing systems (We cycle all fixtures possible to look for leaks!)
  • Interior systems
  • Doors and windows
  • Heating systems (Yes, even if it was just serviced, and we look at the entire system!)
  • Ventilation (Not just turn them on, but check the draw of bath & range fans.)
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters are tested with a specialized tester
  • Free 120 page book on How to Operate Your New Home
  • Specialized test equipment used for Combustible Gas, Microwave Leaks, Moisture leaks!
  • Radon, we use a 48 hour sampling monitor to check for Radon in your new home!

Please plan to accompany your inspector so that you may ask questions and gain a better understanding of the systems in the home. Our inspections will require from two, to two and 1/2 hours. You will get peace of mind with Best Inspection!

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a complete list of the services we can provide. Please contact us if the service you need is not listed, if you have questions, or are interested in any other services, so we may discuss your needs.

Infrared camera services / Thermography

An Infrared Camera is used to distinguish thermal anomalies, or differences in heat that may be caused by hidden moisture or air leakage. Sadly, this service has been “over-hyped” as being the ultimate home inspection tool. It is not. Specific temperature differentials need to be existing, and the user needs to be properly trained in the use of Thermal Imaging equipment. Jim Foss, Beth Foss, and Scarlett Foss are all trained Thermographers. The Infrared Camera is used as a tool to locate hydronic heating conduits in floors, determine moisture penetrations in structural systems, electrical devices that may not be operating properly, and air flow through exterior building envelope components.

Radon testing

You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Radon is a 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 breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through crack sand other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water. Your home can trap radon inside. Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more). Although Alaska is a low Radon state, elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes in this state.

Meth screening

Using the cutting edge AccuMeth testing system, Mr. Foss is able to perform a surface test in houses if there is suspected contamination. The results are available both on site, or be taken and set to a laboratory for professional examination. When you suspect methamphetamine contamination in a home you are considering for purchase, you need a reliable and accurate testing method to address your concerns.

The cutting edge AccuMeth testing system is one of the most reliable on-site home inspection test kits on the market. During a methamphetamine surface test, Mr. Foss and his team will take samples on site and evaluate them on the spot. In certain cases, we also send samples off to our lab for further professional examination.

If in-home testing turns up a positive result for meth contamination, Mr. Foss and his experienced home inspection team will guide you through the appropriate course of action.

If you are considering purchasing a home or if you are concerned about the air quality in your current residence, contact the professionals at Best Inspection, Inc. for a free consultation.

Indoor Air Quality testing

Air sampling is done on site, and sample tubes or canisters are shipped to a laboratory specializing in analyzing airborne chemicals, or biological that is trapped in the sampling canisters. Your home’s indoor air/water quality testing may include taking samples for Radon, Mold, Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide, Pesticides, Asbestos, Lead, Biological Contaminants, and Bacteria.

Air samples are taken on site and sent to a laboratory that specializes in air quality issue detection. The lab will analyze your sample for airborne chemicals and biologicals to determine if the levels detected are safe and within the acceptable range for residential dwellings.

Testing for air quality is important since high levels of mold or chemical contaminants can cause respiratory issues and exacerbate conditions like asthma, allergies, and other breathing disorders.

If air quality tests return problematic results, don’t panic. Jim Foss and his professional home inspection team will guide you through your options for reasonably priced, effective and air quality remediation methods.

EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finish Systems) testing

EIFS is basically a term for Synthetic Stucco. This is when a building is wrapped in foam board, and a coat of concrete is applied over this building wrap. While not as common in Alaska, it is here. The entire Matsu Regional Hospital has a Dryvit EIFS exterior system, for example. So do many of the homes in the Prominence Point subdivision. Mr. Foss has been trained and has the specialty tools to perform this type of testing.

Limited Consulting

This is not a home inspection. This service is provided as a consultation to home owners who desire to have a professional “check up” on their home, or for an owner who is in the process of putting their home on the market. It is a detailed examination of the components of the home during which the home owner would be required to take notes and photos of items of concern. This is a verbal report of the condition of the home, and generally takes about 90 minutes.