Home Buyer Inspections

On average, a home inspection will take 2-4 hours to conduct, depending on the size and condition of the home.  I encourage my clients to attend the entire home inspection, from beginning to end. 


 Within 24 hours of a completed inspection, you will have your report in your e-mail inbox in the form of an easy to read PDF document.


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Your Inspection

What’s Included

As a member of interNACHI Home Inspection Association, you can count on your home inspection completed with the highest standard of practice. I cover every aspect of your prospective home to ensure no issues go unnoticed.


Roof Covering

  • I walk roofs to inspect them
  • Gutters and roof drainage systems
  • Flashing
  • Skylights, roof caps, roof vents, plumbing vents, and other roof penetrations are inspected.

Chimney, Fireplaces

  • Chimney crowns.
  • Chimney walls.
  • Chimney flashing.
  • Fuel-burning fireplaces, stoves, and fireplace inserts. 
  • Fuel-burning accessories installed in fireplaces.

Exterior

  • Wall coverings (‘siding’)
  • Windows.
  • Doors.
  • Decks.
  • Balconies.
  • Stoops.
  • Steps.
  • Porches.
  • Guards (‘guardrails’)
  • Drainage and grading that is likely to affect the building.
  • Retaining walls.
  • Vegetation that is likely to affect the building.
  • Walkways.
  • Patios.
  • Driveways.
  • Foundation walls.
  • Vent terminals and air intakes.
  • Exterior faucets.

Basement / Foundation / Structure

  • Foundation walls
  • Basement floor
  • Crawl spaces
  • Sump Systems, including the sump basket, sump pump, sump cover, and extension piping.
  • Floor structure (posts, beams, joists, etc.)
  • Basement insulation.
  • Inspect for signs of basement moisture / water intrusion.

Electrical

  • Exterior electrical components, including the service drop, service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways.
  • The main panel and any subpanels, including removal of panel cover to inspect the wiring inside. 
  • Service grounding
  • Interior electrical components, including the majority of outlets, switches, and lights.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters
  • Smoke and CO alarms are recommended when not present

Plumbing

  • Drain, waste, and vent pipes.
  • Water distribution pipes.
  • The visible portion of the water main, which is the water supply pipe that brings water into the home.
  • Water heaters.
  • Water heater vents.
  • Clothes washers and dryers.
  • Floor drains.
  • Sinks.
  • Toilets.
  • Tubs.
  • Showers.
  • Gas lines. 
  • Report the locations of the main gas and water valves, and typically point these out during the inspection.

Heating

  • Installed heating equipment such as furnaces, boilers, and space heaters.
  • Furnace filters are inspected and clients are shown how to change the filter.
  • Ductwork
  • Registers are all checked for operation.
  • Vent connector and vent.
  • Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) or Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs).

Cooling

  • Central and permanently installed cooling equipment.
  • Temperature difference testing is used to determine if cooling equipment is operational.
  • Condensate disposal.

Interior

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Skylights
  • Stairs, handrails, and guards
  • Counters and cabinets
  • Vent fans
  • Kitchen appliances

Attic

  • We access nearly every attic to inspect them
  • Framing and sheathing
  • Exhaust fans and ducts
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Locating air leaks, if possible

Garage

  • Overhead doors
  • Garage door openers
  • All of the other stuff that most folks would probably expect; doors, stairs, walls, floor, electrical, etc.