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With over 16 years of services, Quandamn Inspection Services LLC is a building inspection service provider company. We are a PRE National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (PRE-NSPIRE), PRE REAC (Real Estate Assesment Center) score based and onsite training service provider. Yes! Our expert UPCS/NSPIRE building inspector will come where you are and train you, as we find this is one of the best ways to educate your staffs. In addition, we provide Home Inspections and LSUCCC third Party code inspections. We will help you find problems before your inspections or purchase and as a PRE REAC/NSPIRE provider, our job is to help you get your property ready for inspection by leaving no stones unturned.
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HUD has now transitioned away from UPCS Real Estate assesment Center (REAC) inspections and is now applying the new National Standard for the physical Inspection of Real Estate standard (NSPIRE) for building inspections.
NSPIRE INSPECTABLE AREAS
To ensure residents live in safe and habitable environment, NSPIRE establishes the three inspectable areas instead of five in the old UPCS of a REAC inspection into three easily identified locations: Unit, Inside, and Outside. The reduction of inspectable areas does not mean the inspections are easier. While the focus is mainly on the interior and units. The NSPIRE standard adapts a more indebt inspection of building interior and units. And while this was done to increase the usability of the standards and streamlines the inspection process, the more problematic the units are, the harder it will be to get a passing score.
According to HUD, "The new NSPIRE model prioritizes health, safety, and functional defects over appearance. It implements inspections that better reflect the true physical conditions of the property. The NSPIRE model supports the adoption of sound, year-round maintenance practices." The National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate is designed to promote HUD’s goal of reducing health and safety hazards in the home. To achieve this goal, NSPIRE prioritizes the condition of dwelling units where people live. And has also reduce the inspectable areas from five to three. Now the focus is on Outside, Inside and Units with the units carrying the heavier scoring weight. The weights are divided into four catergories, Life Threathing (LT), Severe (S), Moderate (M) and Low (L). Life threatening deficiency inside the units (60) will carry the largest deduction, while low deficiency outside (2.0) will carry the least deduction of deficiency. To determine the point deduction of a given deficiency, HUD will determine the location and severity of the deficiency.
Affirmative habitability requirements:
There are affirmative habitability for inside, outside and units.
1. Outlets installed within six feet of a water source must be “ground-fault circuit interrupter” (GFCI) protected.
2. Must have a guardrail when there is an elevated walking surface with a drop off of 30 inches or more.
The inside area must meet six affirmative requirements:
1.There must be at least one battery-operated or hard-wired smoke detector, in proper working condition, on each level of a property.
2. The inside area of a building must meet or exceed the carbon monoxide detection standards set by HUD through a Federal Register notice. (Does not apply to housing with a mortgage insured or held by HUD, or Section 202 direct loan housing.)
3. Any outlet installed within six feet of a water source must be “ground-fault circuit interrupter” (GFCI) protected. 4. Must have a guardrail when there is an elevated walking surface with a drop off of 30 inches or more.
5. Must have permanently mounted light fixtures in any kitchen and in each bathroom.
6. May not have unvented space heaters that burn gas, oil, or kerosene.
The dwelling unit must meet eleven affirmative requirements:
1. Must have hot and cold running water in bathrooms and in the kitchen, including an adequate source of safe drinking water in bathrooms and the kitchen.
2. Must have its own bathroom “or sanitary facility” (undefined) that is in proper working condition and usable in privacy. A bathroom must have a sink, a bathtub or shower, and an interior, flushable toilet.
3. Must have at least one battery-operated or hard-wired smoke detector in proper working condition in the following locations: a. On each level of a unit b. Inside each bedroom c. Within 21 feet of any door to a bedroom d. On the living area side of a door that separates the living area from a smoke detector outside of a bedroom There are three other provisions under §5.703(d)(3)
4. Must have a living room. It must also have a kitchen area that has a sink, cooking appliance, refrigerator, food preparation area, and food storage area.
5. For HCV or PBV units, there must be at least one bedroom or “living/sleeping room” for each two people. (NLIHC opposes allowing people to sleep in a living room.)
6. Must meet or exceed the carbon monoxide detection standards set by HUD through a Federal Register notice. (Does not apply to housing with a mortgage insured or held by HUD, or Section 202 direct loan housing.)
7. Must have two working outlets or one working outlet and a permanent light in all habitable rooms.
8. Outlets installed within six feet of a water source must be “ground-fault circuit interrupter” (GFCI) protected.
9. In HUD-designated geographies, must have a permanently installed heating source, and no units may have unvented space heaters that burn gas, oil, or kerosene.
10. Must have a guardrail when there is an elevated walking surface with a drop off of 30 inches or more.
11. Must have a permanently mounted light fixture in the kitchen and each bathroom.
Even with the transition from REAC to NSPIRE we are still providing PRE REAC services until program has been fully phased out. We will asses all inspectable areas, focusing on all difficiencies. After assessing properties, a score based report will be provided. Our trained professionals will help you get ready! We will work alongside property personnel or go at it with our trained professionals so that staff can focus on day to day needs of properties. We will leave no stones unturned!
The common inspectable areas are:
|Unit inspection:||Bathroom, kitchen, bedroom/s, hallway, patio/balcony, living & dining room, basement if attached, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems.|
|Common Areas:||Community room, kitchen, hallway, basement, utility closet, office/s, restroom/s, laundry room, storage area, workshop & mechanical room.|
|Systems:||Electrical, HVAC, boiler, hot water heater, sewer lines, auxiliary lighting, sprinkler system, fire suppression, plumbing and exhaust system, exit and emergency lighting.|
|Exterior:||Walls, roof if accessible, inspectable shed, gutters, downspouts, lighting, canopy, patio/porch, landings, foundations, stairs/steps, windows and doors.|
|Site:||Grounds, parking areas, sidewalk/walkway, playground equipment, mailboxes, signage and fencing.|
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Nearly 4 million American families live in rental housing that is owned, insured or subsidized by HUD. Our Pre-NSPIRE services help properties prioritize residents healt and safety, by creating a safe and habitable environment to live. And to help increase property inspections consistency. While UPCS REAC inspections are no longer HUD's priority we will continue provide such services. The UPCS REAC ensure that families have housing that is decent, safe, sanitary and in good repair. We do 100% unit inspections and we offer on-site hands on private training. While going to a class has its benefit, we believe when we come to you, we are able to tailor training to best suit you. Our goal is to help you avoid getting a bad score, keep you as a high performer or help you become a high performer and the best way to do that is with proper preparation with an expert.
Buying a home, let us take a look before you move in. A home inspection is a snap shot in time that is worth every penny.
THIRD PARTY INSPECTIONS
We provide LSUCCC third party code inspections for new Construction and Manufactured homes.