Our Complete Home Inspections
We take pride in our thorough inspections. The home inspection will take between 2 to 4 hours to complete, sometimes less, sometimes more depending on the size, age, and condition of the home.
The following components are methodically checked. Exterior, Interior, Roof, Garage, Basement, Crawlspace, Structure, Foundation, Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Attic, Electrical, and Plumbing.
I look for system and major component defects and deficiencies; improper building practices, those items that require extensive repairs, items that are general maintenance issues, as well as some fire and safety issues.
A General Home Inspection is not designed to identify building code violations, although some deficiencies identified may also be code violations. I also provide ancillary services that include radon and mold testing.
Upon completion, I will compile a Home Inspection Report within 24 hours of the on-site inspection. The inspection report will include all items that were observed and deemed material. The deficiencies identified will be accompanied by photos and in some cases, video of the defect.
The inspection report will be uploaded to the cloud and a link will be emailed to the client. My job does not stop upon completion of the home inspection report.
I am here to assist you through the closing process to include providing compliance inspections of items repaired by the homeowner.
AREAS INSPECTED AND DOCUMENTED
1. The roof-covering materials
2. The gutters
3. The downsoputs
4. The vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations
5. The general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.
1. The exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim
2. All exterior doors
3.Adjacent walkways and driveways
4. Stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps
5. Porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports
6. Railings, guards and handrails
7. The eaves, soffits and fascia
8. A representative number of windows
9. Vegetation, surface drianage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion
Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure
1. The foundation
2. The basement
3. The crawlspace; and structural components
1. The heating system, usual normal operating controls
1. The cooling system using normal operating controls
1. The main water supply shut-off valve
2. The main fuel supply shut-off valve
3. The water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves
4. Interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water
5. All toilets for proper operation by flushing
6. All sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage
7. The drain, waste and vent system
8. Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
1. The service drop
2. The overhead service conductors and attachment point
3. The service head, gooseneck and drip loops
4. The service mast, service conduit and raceway
5. The electric meter and base
6. Service-entrance conductors
7. The main service disconnect
8. Panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses)
9. Service grounding and bonding
10. A representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible
11. All ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using the GFCI tester, where possible
12. Smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors
1. Readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimmenys
2. Lintels above the fireplace openings
3. Damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and cleanout doors and frames
Attic, Insulation & Ventilation
1. Insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas
2. Ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas
3. Mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area
Doors, Windows & Interior
1. A representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them
2. Floors, walls and ceilings
3. Stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps
4. Railings, guards and handrails
5. Garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls.