What's Included in a Home Inspection

1. STRUCTURE: The structural integrity of the building.

Are there problems with the structure to the point that

perhaps we need to call in a structural engineer?

2. EXTERIOR: How is the siding (vinyl or cement), brick, EIFS, stucco, or a combination of different materials. Are there holes, gaps, or cracks? How’s the caulking? How’s the drainage around the building? Are there tree limbs or roots causing damage? Is there anything about

the exterior that should be noted for repair?

3. ROOF: Besides the roofing material (shingles or other products), the roof inspection includes the soffit, fascia board, attic – including insulation and ventilation - gutters, and the bracing.

4. PLUMBING: Everything about the flow of water into or out of the house: Do the toilets flush properly? Does every faucet have hot water? Do all faucets come on? Is there cold water in every faucet? Are they hooked up correctly? Do they drip or leak? Do they have reasonably adequate pressure? Is there bubbling or backup? Is there sewer gas odor?

5. ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: What’s the service amperage? Is it large enough for the home/building? Most older homes have 60-65 amps service which is not enough to carry all the central heat and air, electric stoves, and modern equipment (hairdryers, etc.) that we use today. Do we see any signs of specific problems? Do breakers trip or the ground fault interrupters (GFI’s) pop? Are there any burn marks or scorch marks on receptacles?

6. HEAT AND AIR: Does the air conditioner work? Does the furnace work? We go over those in detail, taking some temperature readings, checking air flow, looking for visible signs of problems such as scorching, condensation stains, rust ,disconnected ductwork, etc.

7. BUILT-IN EQUIPMENT OR APPLIANCES: This category includes walk-in refrigerators, dish washers, built-in micro wave ovens, garbage disposals, trash compactors, built-in stoves. These are checked and reported on.

8. INTERIOR: This category includes wall, doors, cabinets, windows, and floor coverings. Inspections are normally not about cosmetic issues (stained, dirty, ugly), but about checking to see whether something is broken, unsafe, or not working as intended. A missing ceramic floor tile, a jagged piece of wooden flooring, a hole in the dry wall, for example, would be something that would be noted in an inspection report. Do cabinet drawers close and catch properly? Do the windows open? Do they lock?.

9. ALL CONCRETE WALKWAYS AND DRIVEWAYS: All driveways and walkways are checked for reportable cracks and for proper drainage, all expansion joints are checked, transition from driveway to walkway is checked for trip hazard.


Other Inspection Services Also Offered


Water Well


Service Wires

Amperage

Panels

Connectors

Breakers and Fuses

220 wiring

110 wiring


Septic System

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Lawn Irrigation 

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Commercial Properties

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11 Month Warranty 

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Water Well Inspection

Our Water Well inspection is a visual and accessible inspection and includes taking a water sample to the health department for a report and informing you of their findings. Our report should identify:

Where the outside well is located;

Pressure tank brand;

House description including number of bedrooms and bathrooms;

Description of the well head including sealed cap, height above ground, distance from septic system, comments/recommended repairs.

Septic System Inspection

A Home Inspector’s Septic Tank inspection is only a Visual and Accessible Inspection. it is our intention to provide useful information and to identify visible symptoms of problems. Our report should identify:

If any public records are available;

The location of the tank;

The type of system: standard with lateral lines, aerobic, lagoon;

The location of the lateral line field;

If there is any obvious seepage or odors in the lateral line field;

If there is bubbling, backup or odors in the house;

Explain maintenance information for your system;

Identify the location of the cleanout if one has been installed.