What We Inspect
All systems are evaluated to the Standard of Practice of American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
Professional and competent home inspectors are fully trained in the proper operation of all common home systems.
These systems generally include:
- Observe overall visible and accessible framing and structural condition. Report on any Visible Structural Defects. Check floors for visible severe sagging or damage. Inspect for signs of current or previous Termite or Insect Damage. Inspect Exposed Material. Inspect exposed areas of any Slab or Floor for visible Water Infiltrations. Evaluate any Accessible Crawlspace or Basement for Moisture. Observe condition of Mortar joints for cracking or crumbling or deterioration.
- Exterior and Doors/Windows
- Report on the overall condition and operation of windows and doors. Inspect weather stripping and lock mechanisms. (Report on the presence of any Exterior Insulated Finishing Systems (EIFS) and Stone veneer/Stucco Clad, Brick and similar materials/all noted systems have had issues of water intrusion in wall cavities due to improper installation and is beyond the scope of this inspection. All Noted systems will be recommended for further evaluation by a licensed installer/professional prior to closing, if issues are found)
- Check for previous repairs and report any missing shingles or signs of wear. Inspect condition of Flashings, Valleys, Skylights, Plumbing Vents, and other Roof Penetrations. Report the overall structural condition and framing components. Evaluate the Attic for proper ventilation, insulation and inspect overhangs.
- Report any visible leaks and inspect the condition of the Water Heater and presence of Temperature Pressure Relief Valve. Check for proper venting and inspect outdoor Hose Bibs. Inspect all visible supply, drain and waste components and evaluate function flow and drainage. Report on the presence of any visible Polybutylene.
- Observe for presence of Proper Grounding and evaluate correct Receptacle Polarity. Report on Panel and Service Size and Presence of Over-Current Protection. Inspect the condition of visible wiring and report on the presence of Aluminum Branch Wiring. Inspect for Ground Fault Circuit Interupters (GFCI)
- Heating and Cooling
- Report overall condition of ductwork or Hydronic Lines, and observe condition of venting. Observe condition of Boiler / Furnace with combustion and burner chamber, operate thermostat and report fuel supply. Inspect Heat Pump / Air Conditioner and observe Overflow Pan and Drain and report on the condition and presence of filter.
- Partitions, ceilings, floors, railings, doors and windows, etc.
- Chimney & Fireplace
- Report any visible loose or cracking bricks and check for deteriorating mortar. Report on presence of visible heavy creosote and the overall condition of the Fire Box. Inspect presence and the condition of flue cap and chimney crown and the overall visible components of the chimney and evaluate the Damper.
Other Types of Inspections
There are many other types of property inspections offered by home inspectors, depending on your needs:
- Standard Home Inspections
- Pre-Listing Inspections
- Pre-Purchase Inspections
- New Build Inspections
- Eleven Month Inspections for New Builds
- Multiunit Inspections
- Condominiums (interior only)
- Annual Maintenance Checkup
- Specific Inspections (available upon request)
- Expert Witness (Litigation Purposes)
- Photographic Documentation
- Hourly Inspections (partial)
- Investment Inspections
All Inspection Reports have a typed categorized summary with matching pictures. The Inspection Report and will be emailed within 24 hrs. or as agreed to with the client.
Special Inspection Services
Additional fees usually apply for these inspection services:
- Termite and Pest Inspections
- Mold Sampling/Survey
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) Testing
- Radon Testing
- Septic System Inspection
- Water Well Inspection
- Water Testing
- Infrared Inspections
These services can be arranged at your request and are separate from our services.
Home Inspectors should present the customer with a clearly written, typed or printed home inspection report which conforms to the accepted standards of practice for the state the inspection is performed in or the standards of practice of the association that the home inspector belongs to.