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:
|Basement, foundation, and crawlspace|
|Water penetration and foundation movement|
|Drainage sump pump(s) with accessible float|
|Heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems|
|Main gas shut-off valve|
|Interior/exterior plumbing, fixtures, faucets, and drains|
|Primary water shut-off valve|
|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|
|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!