What Happens At A

Home Inspection.

It is important to make sure that your newest, biggest investment is going to meet all your expectations now as well as further down the road.  When we inspect your home we are checking for any current concerns as well as things which may cause problems in the future.

 

We inspect the structure

Some structural deficiencies are obvious while others require more in depth detective work to uncover.  There are often signs in one area of a house which actually point to the real issue, which may not be self evident, in another area.  With our training and experience we are able to identify this and recommend a corrective action.

We inspect the roof 

The roof covering, flashings, penetrations, fascia, eaves, gutters, and any other roof components are all visually inspected for condition and proper installation. 

We inspect the electrical system

We will check that the visual components to the electrical system are all properly sized, report on their condition, identify wiring methods used, and any safety concerns.

We inspect the plumbing system

All visual components to the plumbing are inspected.  From the distribution and drain lines, to the fixtures.  We will check for leaks and that water flows as it should.  We are also checking for pipes which may be stressed or could be problematic in the future.

We inspect the HVAC

The visual inspection of the HVAC system is to check for overall condition.  It is tested by using the normal operating controls which the homeowner would use from day to day (such as a wall mounted thermostat).

We inspect the exterior

We will check that the exterior of the house is effectively weather tight.  All visual areas water infiltration could exist will be inspected and the condition of the siding, windows, doors, flashings, and trim will be reported on.

We inspect the interior

While the interior inspection is mainly of the  cosmetic condition, there are sometimes subtle hints which suggest there could be problems in other areas of the home (such as water infiltration behind a finished surface).  Our attention to detail pays off in this regard, leaving you confident that nothing was missed during our inspection.

We aren't afraid to crawl into the darkest, dirtiest corners of any crawlspace where issues may be hiding!

Our Reports

We understand that our report is our actual product and we are committed to delivering an excellent product to you.  Our reports are thorough, informative, and easy to interpret.  They contain statements written for each house's unique conditions.  We understand the concerns a homebuyer may have when going through the buying process and our attention to detail shines through in our product.

See some samples taken from a previous inspection below...

The bathroom exhaust fan was buried under insulation in the attic and was not vented to the exterior of the house.  When the fan is operated while the shower is in use, warm moist air will be discharged into the insulation.  The insulation will soak up this moisture like a sponge which can cause biological growth to occur, as well as cause damages to the framing and finishing materials.  Recommend cutting back insulation and routing discharge vent through the roof.

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The door bell transformer is located in the main electrical panel.  This is a safety hazard as a distinct separation between low and line voltage is required to prevent possible overheating and chance of fire.  Recommend relocating the transformer to outside of electrical panel.

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Nail pops and missing sealant were observed on the ridge vent cap on the roof over the garage.  This can cause water to leak under the roof covering which could cause damage to the roof sheathing and/or framing.  Recommend nailing back down and adding sealant over all exposed nail heads.

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Failing paint was noted on the second story, right side of house.  This will cause shortened life expectancy of the exposed wood siding.  Further deterioration could allow water penetration which could cause damage to the interior of the walls.  Recommend prepping and painting.

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