What is included in a home inspection?
Exterior walls, windows, doors and roof are inspected to be sure all components are in good working order. Deficient areas will be identified and solutions will be presented to bring the deficiency up to acceptable standards. Basic and future maintenance areas will be pinpointed requiring immediate and periodic maintenance.
A thorough check of the property will be preformed to uncover any potential issues relating to grading, sidewalks, driveways, decks, patios, overhead utilities and retaining wall systems.
Walls, ceilings, and floors are analyzed for clues of structural issues, unusual setting and water leaks. Doors, windows, cabinets and closet shelf systems are inspected to ensure proper installation. Stairways are checked to ensure uniform rise and run and secure railings.
The electrical system is examined from point of entrance to the outlets and switches. The electric service panel is checked to ensure correct wiring practices have been followed. Outlets and switches are tested in each room for correct wiring and operation. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets and Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) breakers are also tesed for proper and safe operation.
We will identify the types of supply and waste piping throughout the house and check for areas of potential problems. Inspection of the operation of all faucets, sinks, tubs, showers and toilets will also be performed. We evaluate drainage lines for leaks and proper drainage in sinks, tubs/showers and toilets. The water heater is also examined for proper installation and operation.
Heating and Air Conditioning:
An inspection of the furnace and air conditioning units are performed to ensure that they are in good repair and are operating correctly. The distribution system is checked to ensure proper air flow is available in each room. Gas line connections and gas appliances are tested for leaks.
Foundation and Structure:
The foundation is analyzed to determine if there is irregular setting, bowing or cracking the the wall surfaces. Floor and wall structural systems are inspected to ensure there are no deficiencies.
The Shingles, flashing, vents, chimneys and gutters are examined to ensure proper installation and wear.