Our Inspection Services quickly and accurately provide clients an assessment of the property’s occupancy status and threats to value noted both inside and outside of the property. We offer a wide range of inspection services performed by Service Providers, and licensed home inspectors. These services range from an initial property inspection to assess the situation and identify needs, to a full property inspection report conducted by a licensed home inspector.
Initial Property Inspection: An initial inspection for occupancy and general condition of the exterior of the property. Photos and recommendations included. In addition, we can include a property inspection report on the initial occupancy inspection.
Recurring Monthly Inspections: A recurring monthly inspection of the property to ensure there are no visible or obvious threats to the property’s future value. This consists of a walk-through and a reconfirmation of property’s previous condition. Any threats or situations of concern will be photographed and reported immediately.
Contact Inspections: Contact Inspections are generally ordered by the servicer after Notice to Vacate proceedings are initiated. In these cases we will check for occupancy and do an exterior inspection noting any threats or concerns. We will also attempt to contact the occupant and make initial contact with neighbors in an attempt to better evaluate the situation.
Home Inspection Report: If it is deemed appropriate by the lender or the eventual borrower, Leading Edge Companies will arrange for and oversee the process of a full Home Inspection Report completed by a licensed real estate home inspector in the area.
Initial Services: Includes occupancy inspection, securing, and winterization, initial lawn maintenance if necessary.
Occupancy Inspection: Occupancy inspection within 48-72 hours of receiving the work order. We do not know whether or not the property is vacant or occupied unless otherwise noted. Guidelines and requirements follow:
- If property is occupied, attempt to identify occupant. Obtain as much information about the property/people occupying as possible (names, gender, age, etc.).
- If the property is vacant, re-key all doors, install padlocks, winterize and board any unsecured openings to prevent access to the property.
Please note: If there is a pool or spa present, the LEC Asset Manager will notify the client immediately.
Securing: Conduct a lock change, lock box, necessary padlocks and/or a board up within 3-5 days of receiving the work order by close of business. Guidelines and requirements follow:
- Re-key all doors or just one door depending on the work order. The appropriate key code will also be used depending on the type of the mortgage.
- Take before and after photos of all locks that were changed.
- Install lock box with the code that is on the work order.
- Take photos of lock box with keys present.
- Cap any exposed wires.
- Board any unsecured openings to prevent access to the property for security reasons only.
- Take before and after photos of boarding.
- Install padlocks on the garage door and gates, especially if there is a pool or spa.
*Any services not outlined above will be subject to the LEC services price list or supplied bids. Boarding: LEC will perform all boarding of windows and doors to HUD specifications.
- Small window: 75UI or less
- Medium window: 76-100UI
- Large window: 101-125UI
- Doors & oversized windows
Winterization: Winterization will be completed within 3-5 days of receipt of the work order by close of business. Guidelines and requirements follow:
- All winterizations will be completed to HUD guidelines.
- Pink, bio-degradable anti-freeze will be used at all times.
- Provide photos of the anti-freeze being poured into all appropriate areas.
- Provide photos of the compressor hooked up to the water lines.
- Water must be turned off at the meter.
- Post winterization notices in all appropriate areas, especially on the hot water heater.
Dry Heat Systems
The hot water heater and all domestic water supply and distribution piping must be drained in a manner sufficient to prevent freeze and/or other damage. All faucets and valves should REMAIN OPEN during the process, and then closed after draining is completed. Adequate amounts of antifreeze are to be placed in all fixture traps, including toilet tanks and bowls. In addition, a compressor should be connected to blow all lines to insure that the plumbing lines hold pressure to verify that there is no leakage.
Wet Heat, Radiant, or Hot Water Systems
The winterization requirements outlined above apply. Hot water will be running through the entire system with a hot water boiler, expansion tanks, and radiators. In addition, the house boiler system must be drained in a manner sufficient to prevent freeze and/or other damage. All radiator vents are to be opened in the process. Bleeder pins should not be removed from the radiators. Any radiant heat piping should be drained and blown dry with the use of an air compressor and an adequate amount of antifreeze is to be put in the radiant piping.
Steam Heat Systems
The winterization requirements outlined above for Dry Heat Systems apply. A steam heat system will have radiators with valves at the bottom of the radiator; a careful determination as to whether the system is hot water or steam is important to ensure proper action is taken. All radiator vents are to be opened in the process and bleeder pins should not be removed from the radiators, before shutting down the heating system.