What to Expect
A home cannot fail an inspection. A professional home inspection gives you an independent, unbiased view of any problems and their solutions, so that you will have all the facts you need to make a sound, informed decision.
Depending on the size and condition of the home, a thorough home inspection will take between 3 to 4 hours. Ideally, you will accompany your inspector during the consultation, so that you will have visual reinforcement of your written report. Whether you know everything about homes or are just starting out, the inspector will gauge your comfort level and will tailor the inspection to give you the best possible understanding and overall experience. After you have read your report, we are always available to discuss your questions. We welcome your calls!
We will bring the equipment necessary to properly inspect the roof, including ladders, cameras, and extension poles. In the majority of homes, we will actually walk on the roof!
The Inspection Report
We take our inspection reports seriously. Every inspection is a complete and thorough analysis of all the major systems and components in the home. The report includes a clear description of what we've found with any problem areas noted, so you can easily identify them. We encourage a free telephone consultation after your inspection should you have any questions, and are available even after you've purchased the home and moved in should you have further questions.
A thorough property inspection that follows ASHI standards will include the following:
- Roof: shingles, flashings, chimneys, vents, trim and gutters, drip edges, skylights, downspouts, and other visible roof related items
- Attics: insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists and collar ties, trusses, wiring attachments, and other visible items
- Plumbing and Fixtures: visible distribution piping, hose bibs, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets, visible vent and sewer piping, and other plumbing system components
- Interior: floors and ceilings, walls, stairs (if applicable) and banisters, finishes, sinks, cabinets, shelving, and other visible interior-related components
- Heating and Cooling Systems: visible ductwork, thermostat, basic operation of air conditioning and heat, and other visible HVAC components
- Electrical Systems: service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components
- Crawl Spaces and Foundation: insulation, ventilation, posts, vapor barriers, utility attachment, structural items, floors and walls, and columns
- Exterior: siding materials, attachments, windows, doors, sashes and lintels, vents, entryways, and other visible exterior related components