Home Inspections - Inspected once. Inspected right!
Our inspections require about 2-3 hours (more for older homes) and we would like for you to be there if you can. By observing the inspection we can show you where the water, gas and electrical cut-offs are located, as well as pointing out things that may save you money and/or problems in the future. You are not just receiving a home inspection, but also an education about the home.
Here's the short list of what we look for:
On the Exterior:
Gutters and Downspouts
- Look at the overall condition, the ability to carry rainwater away from the house and look for any signs of dampness in basement caused by rainwater.
Roof, Chimney and Flashing
- Examine the entire roof.
- Check the shingles, flashing and gutters for any signs of damage or discrepancies.
Siding, Trim, Doors, Windows and Storm Windows
- Check for proper installation, closure and condition.
Foundation and Landscaping
- Check the outside grading and make sure water is not being funneled under the home or adversley affecting the foundation.
- Check the foundation walls, inside and out for settlement cracks and other damage.
Driveways, Patios, Decks and Porches
- Check for proper construction, current condition and look for potential problems.
Air Conditioner Compressor
- Check operational functionality.
Inside The Home:
- Visible portion of heating plant and components. Detect gas leaks in furnace and pipes.
- All visible fixtures, pipes and drains tested for operation.
- Check outside entrance wiring and all visible wiring.
- Check the entire Electrical System, including opening up the main electrical panel.
- Look for Hot Spots, doubled up breakers, the right types of wires.
- Random testing of all accessible outlets for proper grounding, and reverse polarity.
Walls, Floors, Ceilings, Windows:
- General condition and specific problem search.
- Visible roof sheathing, ventilation, framing and depth of the insulation.
- Go inside the ATTIC (where possible), checking for roof leaks.
- Foundation soundness and evidence of moisture penetration.
- Look specifically for any water or termite damage.