Your Home Inspection

A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to observe and report on the condition and or any defects of the systems and working components in a house.

The home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions.  The general home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection. 

A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people.  The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect. 

A general home inspection report shall identify, in written format, defects within specific systems and components defined by the standards below that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector and may include additional comments and recommendations. Here are the areas that will be covered in your home inspection:

Grounds

  • Service Walks
  • Driveway
  • Porch
  • Stoop/Steps
  • Patio
  • Decks/Balcony
  • Landscaping Affecting Foundation
  • Retaining Wall Affecting Foundation
  • Outside Hose Connections to House

Roof

  • Style
  • Roof coverings
  • Condition of Roof Coverings
  • Flashing
  • Ventilation System
  • Skylights
  • Plumbing Vents
  • Valleys

Exterior

  • Chimney
  • Gutters and Downspouts
  • Siding
  • Exterior Trim
  • Soffits
  • Caulking
  • Windows and Screens
  • Foundation
  • Exterior Doors

Interior

  • Windows
  • Fireplace
  • Stairs/Steps
  • Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Attic/Attic Crawlspace
  • Basement/Crawlspace
  • Drainage

Heating

  • Heating System(s)
  • Boiler System(s)

Air  Conditioning

  • Condensor
  • Evaporator
  • Refrigerant lines
  • Air Handler
  • Condensate lines/drain

Plumbing

  • Water Service
  • Pipes/Supply/Drains
  • Faucets/Toilets/Tubs/Showers
  • Interior Fuel Storage Systems
  • Water Heater
  • Adequate Pressure
  • Proper Drainage

Electrical

  • Service Entry
  • Main Electrical Panel 
  • Sub Panels
  • Grounding/Bonding
  • Service Wire
  • Branch Wire
  • Receptacles/Outlets
  • Switches

 

      

The Home Inspection Process

I understand the importance of a quality home inspection and understand it can be a daunting experience whether you’re the owner or potential purchaser of the property. It would be my privilege to simplify this process and assist you through it, so please fee free to contact me:

I will set an appointment that is convenient for you.

We will review the home inspection process together and go over what is involved in a home inspection and review your specific concerns, if any.

We start the home inspection by examining the property in a logical and orderly method together. I believe in a “one-on-one” approach with my clients.

THE AVERAGE INSPECTION TAKES 2 -3 HOURS. The inspection may be longer, as some homes may have more issues and I want to make sure all of your questions are answered.

I will then inspect all the major components in the home (i.e. roof, electrical, plumbing, heating units, the structure, and more) with you present.

After the home inspection we will review the information and discuss any points of interest.

You will then receive a complete electronic home inspection report .