Basic Structural Inspection
Interior and Exterior
Radon Testing (Canisters)
Canisters are set for minimum of 48 hours, picked up and sent to lab for analysis. Results are emailed to client.
Water Purity Testing
Test is performed on day of inspection, samples forwarded to lab and results are emailed to client.
Well Flow Testing
Gallons per hour are established and water pressure throughout test monitored. Results included in report.
Pre Listing Inspections
Highly recommended for home sellers and this would give you a preview of your homes condition and defects prior to listing. This avoids surprises and gives you a chance to correct the defects, thus adding value to your asking price.
My Home Inspection Process
A qualified inspector reviews components of the home you want to purchase and then produce a report including his or her judgments. The typical inspection lasts two to three hours and you should be present for the inspection to get a firsthand explanation of the inspector’s findings and, if necessary, ask questions.
The inspector should record:
- Whether each problem is a safety issue, major defect, or maintenance issue.
- Which items need attention and which should be repaired or serviced by a qualified contractor.
- Items that are suitable for now but that should be watched closely.
While it is difficult to list everything an inspector could possibly check for, the following list will give you a general idea of what to expect.
Roof – Visible damage to roofing, flashing, chimney, condition of gutters, downspouts, extensions.
Exterior walls – The inspector will check for damaged or missing siding, cracks and whether the soil is in excessively close contact with the bottom of the house, which can invite wood-destroying insects. However, the pest inspector, not the home inspector, will check for actual damage from these insects. The inspector will let you know which problems are cosmetic and which could be more severe over time.
Exterior Grounds – Foundation condition, electrical service lines, and meter, grading, trees and shrubbery jeopardizing house.
Attached or Detached Garage – The inspector will test the garage door for proper opening and closing, check the garage framing if it is visible and determine if the garage is properly ventilated (to prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning). If the water heater is in the garage, the inspector will make sure it is installed high enough off the ground to minimize the risk of explosion from gasoline fumes mingling with the heater’s flame. The entrance door to house should be fire rated and self closing.
Attic – Check structure, ventilation, insulation, and look for active leaks.
General Interior – Floors, walls, and ceilings and there general condition.
Plumbing – The home inspector will check all faucets, sinks, drains, and showers, look for apparent leaks, such as under sinks. He or she will also identify the kind of pipes the house has if any pipes are visible. The inspector will also identify the location of the home’s main water shutoff valve. Check drainage pipes in basement for leaks and condition.
Electrical – The inspector will identify the kind of wiring the home has, test the outlets and make sure there are functional ground fault circuit interrupters (which can protect you from electrocution, electric shock, and electrical burns) installed in areas like the bathrooms, kitchen, garage and outdoors. They will also check your electrical panel for any safety issues and check your electrical outlets to make sure they do not present a fire hazard.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) – The inspector will look at your HVAC system to estimate the age of the furnace and air conditioner, determine if they function properly and recommend repairs or maintenance.
Water heater – The home inspector will identify the age of the heater and determine if it is properly installed and secured. The inspector will also let you know what kind of condition it is in.
Kitchen – We inspect the cabinet functions, sink and countertop, appliances, floors, GFI outlets, and visible leaks.
Laundry room – The inspector will make sure the laundry room is properly vented. A poorly maintained dryer exhaust system can be a serious fire hazard.
Bathrooms – The inspector will check for visible leaks, properly secured toilets, adequate ventilation and general condition of bathroom.
Basement – Check floor structure if visible, condition of foundation walls, condition of floor slab and any visible signs of moisture. Also, check function of sump pump, also inspect crawl space if accessible.