What is included in a Home Inspection?
Note: This is for typical for all buildings and Homes.
The Home Inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the house. It provides you with an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a home, giving you peace of mind on what is likely the largest purchase you will ever make.
In order to prepare the report, the inspector must conduct a visual inspection of the property. The inspection process typically takes about 3 hours to complete. This will vary, according to the size and condition of the home. We strongly encourage you to accompany the inspector during the home inspection; this will give you a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the systems of the home.
We will inspect all the accessible structural elements and systems of the home. Items that will typically be included in an inspection are:
- Roof, vents, flashings and trim
- Gutters and downspouts
- Skylights, chimney and other roof penetrations
- Decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings
- Eaves, soffit and fascia
- Grading and drainage
- Basement, foundation and crawlspace
- Water penetration and foundation movement
- Heating Systems
(Note: A carbon monoxide test is ran on all heating systems.)
- Cooling Systems
- Main water shut off valves
- Water heating system
- Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
- Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
- Electrical service line and meter box
- Main disconnect and service amperage
- Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
- Grounding and bonding
- GFCI's and AFCI's
- Fireplace damper door and hearth
- Insulation and ventilation
- Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers (if available)
- Airflow tests are ran on all ducts and vents for heating and cooling systems.
- Gas leak detection tests are ran on all gas outlets and exposed gas piping.
- A visual structutral inspection is included in all home inspections.
When the home inspection is complete, we will advise you of any problems that were discovered and discuss them with you. We will also tell you about any routine maintenance that should be performed, as well as answer any questions you may have. We provide a full report on site.