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.

Sewer Scoping Available

Scoping the sewer drain consists of feeding a camera through the underground waste lines to search for possible blockages or damages to the pipe.  Sewer scoping may reveal:

Cracked or damaged pipes

Clogs or areas subject to clogging in the future

Pipe separation

Tree roots within the drain system

We will crawl into the darkest corners of any crawlspace to inspect where issues may be hiding!

Our Reports

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 we are here to help.

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

The bathroom exhaust fan was discharging into the attic space. This can cause elevated moisture levels within the attic.  Recommend routing vent to the exterior.

The door bell transformer is located inside the main electrical panel.  Low voltage wires are not recommended to be located inside the service panel for safety.  Recommend relocating transformer to exterior of service panel.

Nail pops and missing sealant were observed on the ridge vent cap on the roof over the garage.  This can allow water intrusion under the shingles.  Recommend nailing back down and adding sealant over all exposed nail heads.

Failing paint was noted on the second story, right side of house.  This will cause shortened life expectancy of the exposed wood siding.  Recommend prepping and painting.

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