basement or cellar is one or more floors of a building that are completely or partly below the ground floor. … In cities with high property prices, such as London, basements are often fitted out to a high standard and used as living space.

11 Point Inspection of Basement

  1. Stair Case to Basement (hand rails, rise\run)
  2. Walls\Ceiling\Baseboard\Trim
  3. Carpet\Other Flooring
  4. Bedrooms
  5. Bathrooms
  6. Laundry
  7. Living Room & Any Other Rooms
  8. Utility\Electrical Room
  9. Walk Out Basement
  10. Windows (32” Egress)
  11. Radon

Stair way to Basement. Notice no Hand Rail. (Rise/Run/Landing)

Sample Walk-out Basement.

Outside Egress Window & Window Well

Inside Egress Window

Lets Talk Radon

Radon is a chemical element with the symbol Rn and atomic number 86. It is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas. This gas is the leading cause of lung cancer outside of cigarette smoking — and you might not even know that it is present until it is too late. Radon gas enters homes and buildings through cracks in the floor, foundation, basement, and other areas. Once it enters, radon will accumulate in your home. The problem is that you won’t know it’s there — unless you test for Radon.

There are two kinds of tests to measure radon levels in your home – short term tests, which take 2 to 7 days, and longer-term tests, which can take several months. The lowest level room in the house is where the test should be conducted.

If Radon is present, you need to have an expert install a Radon Mitigation System in your home. The test period is very important & a longer test period is better than a shorter one. This is where you and your family live and spend a lot of time. Take the time & do it right.

Radon Detectors

Stud Spacing & Draft Stopping

Fire Stopping