Milwaukee Area Home Inspection Services

Open Hearth Home Inspection utilizes the most complex tools providing the most comprehensive services of any Southeastern Wisconsin home inspector. Every aspect of your Milwaukee home is thoroughly inspected. Both interior and exterior (even landscape drainage) is accounted for with Open Hearth Home Inspection. Advanced home inspection tools like thermal imaging and moisture meters detect problems before the naked eye can and before they cost you thousands of dollars. Open Hearth finds problems other Milwaukee home inspectors miss.

Your Wisconsin Home Inspection Report is written in plain, ‘easy to understand’ language, accompanied with digital photos, so you know exactly what areas are being described. An Open Hearth Home Inspection Report Overview lets you quickly review recommended repairs.
Whether you need radon gas testing for your Milwaukee home, home inspection for a Waukesha property you are buying, or log home inspection to sell your Waukesha Lake Country cabin, Open Hearth Home Inspection is the best choice for all Southeastern Wisconsin home inspection services. It is both superior method and attention to detail that make Open Hearth Home Inspection superior.

Residential Home Inspection

Complete interior and exterior inspection:

  • Roof, vents, flashing and trim, gutters and downspouts
  • Chimney, skylight and other roof penetrations
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings
  • Basement, foundation and crawlspaces
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Main water shut off valves
  • Water heating system
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
  • Electrical service line and meter boxes
  • Main disconnect and service amperage
  • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
  • Eaves, soffit, and fascia
  • Grading and drainage
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth
  • GFCI’s and AFCI’s
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Garage doors, safety sensors and openers

The exterior inspection of your Milwaukee Wisconsin home includes roof and chimney inspection, as well as inspection of the flashing around the chimney. All exterior surfaces including siding, trim, windows, gutters, and downspouts are thoroughly inspected to ensure proper function. Driveways, patios, decks and porches are inspected for structural integrity. Landscaping is examined for possible problems, including potential flooding due to improper landscaping drainage. Even air conditioner compressors are included as part of your exterior Wisconsin home inspection.

Open Hearth inspects every aspect of the internal infrastructure of your Milwaukee Home. The heating, plumbing, and electrical systems are checked for potential problems, as well as energy efficiency. Walls, floors, ceilings, windows, and attics are all checked for structural integrity and durability issues. Superior home inspection services by Open Hearth even include basement and foundation measurements. Measuring the basement and foundation can be paramount in determining the condition of your home, even though basement and foundation measurements are not required by WI home inspection regulations.

Radon Testing

Thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths occur each year because of failure to do radon testing. Each and every home in Wisconsin should have a radon test done. Open Hearth will conduct a thorough on-site radon test in your Milwaukee home with radon level test data collected via a computer controlled radon testing device. Even newer homes can have radon gas issues, as stone used under the basement floor and to backfill against the foundation can emit radon.

Energy Star Certified Home Energy Audits

Save money on energy bills while increasing the comfort and value of your home with an Energy Star certified Wisconsin home energy audit from Open Hearth Home Inspection. Because we are an Energy Star certified home energy assessor, making your recommended home efficiency improvements will make you eligible for tax credits. Save money, help the environment, and increase the value of your Milwaukee home! Wisconsin home energy audits can be performed as part of your overall home inspection, or as a stand alone service.

Log Home Inspection

Not all home inspectors are qualified to inspect log homes. Open Hearth Home Inspection’s Owner, Kevin Maynard, used to build log homes in Wisconsin and Tennessee. Kevin brings an unmatched wealth of knowledge and experience to every log home inspection he performs. Wisconsin log homes have specific predispositions to problems that the typical home does not. Open Hearth Home Inspection stands alone as the only Energy Star rated log home inspector in the state. The varied construction methods used across the log home industry make it imperative you get an experience log home inspector when buying a log home.

Home Smart Pre-Inspection

The Home Smart Pre-Inspection Program offered by Open Hearth is a unique home-seller-friendly program specifically designed to avoid inspection issues that can delay the closing process, or worse, prevent a buyer from even making an offer. Our Home Smart Pre-Inspection Program is offered to the homeowner, with no home inspection fee until your Wisconsin home sells! A Pre-Inspection allows a Wisconsin home seller to realize the areas that may need attention in the style of home of a certain age level thereby allowing the seller to address potential issues BEFORE they become problems.

Commercial Property Inspection

Wisconsin’s premiere home inspector is also Milwaukee’s premiere commercial building inspector. Superior building inspection tools and expertise from Open Hearth Home Inspection result in superior commercial building inspection. You’ll never make a smarter investment in your Milwaukee or Wisconsin business than getting your commercial property inspected by Open Hearth.

Lead and Asbestos Inspection

Many older homes in Wisconsin still contain asbestos and lead paint. Serious risk in both health and liability can be needlessly incurred. Finding potential health hazards and liability risks is part of every home inspection Open Hearth performs. With detection as simple as a call to Open Hearth it is simply unnecessary to leave your family’s health to chance – make sure you choose the Milwaukee home inspector who does lead and asbestos testing to protect your family. Choose Wisconsin’s best home inspector – choose Open Hearth.

Thermal Imaging

Open Hearth uses thermal imaging in Wisconsin home inspections to detect problems impossible to discover during a ‘routine’ Milwaukee home inspection. Thermal imaging also provides an accurate measure of the energy efficiency of your Milwaukee home. For more information about the benefits getting thermal imaging with your Wisconsin home inspection, call Open Hearth today.