An Unbiased Expert Opinion
Rick offers an informed, unbiased expert opinion on the environmental health and wellness status of your home.
His non-sales perspective has the added goal and advantage of saving you money now and in the long run. Working with you, he investigates the root causes of the issues, identifies the most effective strategies to take care of the problem, and identifies future preventative measures for your situation.
While each person and home’s situation is different, here are some of the typical issues Rick identifies when investigating the healthiness of the home.
Problems can occur throughout your home, underneath it, around the outside, and at the roof line or joists. Practical solutions prevent costly issues and repairs down the road.
Mold is common, but not always healthy. Pinpointing causes of unhealthy occurrences and creating a plan promotes the healthiest environment possible.
To be truly efficient, your home’s energy systems need to work together. Rick offers the advice and action plan needed to reduce energy costs, increase healthiness, and improve sustainability.
A major component of your home’s health, the heating and cooling system needs particular attention as a whole. Rick checks the ducts, accessories, refrigerant, drain lines, and air flow.
Air quality issues contribute significantly to common ailments such as allergies, asthma, respiratory problems, headaches, and more. A certified indoor environmental consultant, Rick addresses the specific causes resulting in these types of negative effects.
Rain, heat, humidity, cold, dryness, winds, storms, pests, debris, settling, and the unexpected outcomes of recent projects can all contribute to changes in your home’s healthiness status.
Situation Specific Needs
No-one knows the quirks of your home better than you. Your specific observations and issues are addressed during the healthy home investigation, and custom solutions will be carefully designed to meet your needs.
What type of expert do I need?
Download your complimentary self-assessment checklist here to determine what type of home assessment expert you need.
Chances are, if you’re purchasing a home, you’ve invested in a standard home inspection, real estate appraisal, and have received assurances from previous homeowners about the condition of the home. What no-one is required to share with you are the environmental conditions of the house, and how these relate to your health, energy use, and personal comfort. Things like odors, mold, high power bills, rooms that are too hot in summer and too drafty in winter are common issues. Or you might notice that you’re getting sick when at home, with a range of symptoms. The deferred maintenance of the previous owners begins to show up: crawl spaces, ducts, furnace, heat pump, air conditioner, rodent damage.
“How did this happen to me?” you cry in frustration and bewilderment. “I thought this was covered in the home inspection.”
Therein lies the difference between a Standard Home Inspection, performed by building inspectors, versus an Environmental Home Healthiness Investigation, performed by environmental scientists and specialists.
Understand the Difference
In a nutshell, the U.S. Department of Labor says that building inspectors need to provide detailed reports related to their inspections, to ensure that construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications. Building inspectors are licensed by the state.
By way of contrast, environmental specialists analyze samples of air, water, and other substances to identify and assess threats to people and the environment. They use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. Some, like Rick, spend time in the field gathering data and monitoring environmental conditions firsthand. The state does not offer licensure to environmental scientists and specialists; national credentialing establishes the industry standard.
Rick’s Area of Expertise
Rick is a nationally credentialed environmental home health specialist. His training and expertise are in environmental sciences, with additional areas of certification and specialty needed to gather the information needed to protect and monitor the home environment. For additional specifics about his experience and credentials, click here. (link to bio)
You can expect Rick to consider a range of issues which are not part of a standard home inspection:
- Life expectancy of systems and components
- Causes of repairs needed
- Methods, materials and costs of corrections
- Presence or absence of pests such as wood damaging organisms, rodents, or insects
- Cosmetic damage, underground items, or items not permanently installed
- Calculation of the strength, adequacy, or efficiency of any system or component
- Determine the presence or absence of suspected adverse environmental conditions or hazardous substances, including toxins, carcinogens, noise, contaminants in the building or in soil, air, or water
- Determine the effectiveness of any system installed to control or remove suspected hazardous substances
- Predict future condition, including failure of components
- Project operating costs of components
- And more
Your knowledge about how the house is likely to perform now and in the future should improve your ability to negotiate values and make decisions about the house. Rick helps you increase the likelihood that your home’s story will have its “Happily Ever After.”
Most of Rick’s clients are in WNC/SC cities including Arden, Asheville, Bat Cave, Black Mountain, Brevard, Burnsville, Canton, Clyde, Cilumbus, Cullowhee, Enka-Candler, Etowah, Edneyville, Fairview, Flat Rock, Fletcher, Franklin, Gerton, Hendersonville, Lake Lure, Landrum, Leicester, Mars Hill, Marion, Marshall, Mill Spring, Mills River, Old Fort, Penrose, Pisgah Forest, Rosman, Rutherfordton, Saluda, Skyland, Sylva, Swannanoa, Toxaway, Travelers Rest, Tryon, Waynesville, Weaverville.
Rick also serves clients from Knoxville,Tn to Charlotte,NC
and from Bristol, Va to Greenville, SC