What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is not a code inspection, but is instead a visual, non-exhaustive, and non-invasive examination of the accessible areas of a residential property. Its’ purpose is intended to identify material defects and safety hazards found within specific systems and components in a residence. The home inspection report summarizes the physical features and the visible condition of the house only at the time of the inspection. It is not a prediction of future conditions, nor will it reveal every defect or safety hazard that exists or could ever exist, but will only address those material defects and hazards observed at the time of the inspection. It is a snapshot of your home’s condition at that moment in time.

A home inspection typically lasts anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. I strongly encourage you to accompany me and ask questions during your inspection. You will learn a lot of information about your house, its’ systems, strengths, weaknesses and peculiarities. Throughout the inspection I will answer your questions and offer home care tips, explanations, helpful recommendations and thoughtful comments. Following the inspection I will prepare a written report with photographs and submit it to you within 24 to 48 hours. My report may also include additional information or suggest further professional evaluation of suspect materials, methods, systems, or components found during the inspection.

My general home inspection report usually includes the following items: 

Outside the Home:

  Roof, skylights, chimneys, roof penetrations, and flashing
  Eaves, soffits, and fasciae
  Gutters and downspouts
  Siding, trim, doors, and windows
  Driveway, decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
  Landscaping, lot drainage, and storm water runoff


Inside the Home:

Foundation

  Basement, foundation, and crawlspace
  Water penetration and foundation movement
  Structure
  Drainage sump pump(s) with accessible float

Mechanical Systems

  Heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems
  Water heater
  Main gas shut-off valve
  Interior/exterior plumbing, fixtures, faucets, and drains
  Primary water shut-off valve

Electrical Systems

  Electrical service line and meter box
  Main electric service disconnect switch and service amperage
  Electrical service panels, breakers, and fuses
  Grounding and bonding
  Wall outlets and switches

Interior

  Windows and doors
  Attic insulation, ventilation, and roof framing
  Ceilings, walls, and floors
  Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
  Fireplace damper door and hearth

And so much more!