What is included in an inspection:
Why should you hire me?
“As a Certified Professional Inspector" not only will you get a high-quality home inspection, easy to read color report and homeowner consultation, but you will also have the information you need to make the right decision and get the best deal.”
Grounds & Drainage - The grounds are inspected for proper grading away from the house, soil in contact with anything other than the foundation, vegetation in contact with or close to the structure that could damage it such as vines crawling up the siding or tree branches in contact with the house or roof.
Foundation & Structure - The foundation walls are inspected, including the view from interior unfinished basements and crawlspaces. We report observed indications of cracking, settling, and active water infiltration. We look for shrinkage cracks, settling cracks, cracks caused by root or back-fill damage, step cracks and how they affect floor level and interior door and window framing. We inspect structural components such as rafters, trusses, joists, sub-flooring, and framing. We inspect and report on any observed cutting and notching of framing members that may, in the inspector’s opinion, present a structural compromise or safety concern.
Exterior - I inspect all utility meters and shutoffs for easy access. I inspect the siding, flashing, soffit, fascia, window frames, exterior doors, stairs/steps, and decks/balconies.
Roofing & Chimney - I walk on all roofs when it is safe and conditions permit. I inspect the condition of the roof coverings, the gutters, the downspouts, the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney and other roof penetrations. We inspect fireplaces and chimney conditions. We inspect the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors, or stairs.
Attic & Ventilation - The attic is inspected for access, insulation, roof sheathing condition, electrical, roof penetrations, and structural members. I check for proper and adequate ventilation through soffit, gable, roof, and ridge vents. We report on the general absence or lack of insulation and ventilation in the attic.
Crawlspace - I inspect the crawlspace for access, insulation, vapor barrier, plumbing, duct work, ventilation, and electrical components. I comment on water infiltration, inadequate structural supports, and overall condition of the space.
Interior - The walls, ceiling, floors, windows, and doors are all inspected. Also the stairs and handrails, cabinets, counter tops, ceiling fans and fireplace. I report the absence of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. I report on the garage including firewalls, mechanical door openers, and safety devices, as well as signs of water leaking into the house.
Appliances - I operate and inspect appliances that are present and deemed permanently installed. This includes stove, oven, built in microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, garbage disposal, and trash compactor. Overall condition and any defects, such as leaks, that are observed are reported.
Water Heater - I inspect the water heater enclosure, heating system, exhaust piping, strapping, and relief valve piping. I report on the age of the appliance and overall condition, making note of excessive wear and leaking.
Electrical - I inspect the electrical line coming into the house, the main disconnect, and determine the rating of the service amperage. I inspect panels, breakers and fuses, the service grounding and bonding, switches, receptacles, light fixtures, and GFCI receptacles. I report on any receptacles in which power is not present, polarity is incorrect, or if the receptacle is not grounded, is not secured to the wall, the cover is not in place, the ground fault circuit interrupter devices are not properly installed or do not operate properly, or evidence of arcing or excessive heat is present. I inspect the service entrance conductors and the condition of their sheathing. I report the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring if readily visible.
Heating & Cooling - I inspect the heating system and describe the energy source and heating method using normal operating controls and report as in need of repair furnaces which do not operate or need to me serviced or repaired. I inspect the central cooling equipment using normal operating controls and report on cooling systems that do not function as intended. I inspect the visible distribution methods for deficiencies and visible venting methods for improper or deficient installations. I report on the age and overall condition of the heating & air conditioning equipment.
Plumbing - I locate the main water shutoff. I inspect and run all accessible plumbing components such as water supply piping, drain piping, sinks, drains, bath tubs, showers, and toilets; noting any leaks, low pressure, clogged drains, loose toilets, and supply piping that has a record of poor performance such as galvanized steel and polybutylene. We point out any visible fuel storage systems and sump pumps. We also inspect plumbing that is gas related including piping, shutoffs, and gas valves.
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