What to expect during an inspection:
During your inspection period, it is highly recommended that you, as a buyer, hire a licensed home inspector to conduct a proper and thorough inspection on your new home. The costs of the inspection may vary a few bucks from company to company, but it is well worth the expense to gain knowledge of what you are about to purchase.
If you do not know of an inspector, I will schedule one for you. It is always preferred that you attend the inspection. Once the inspector is finished, they review the items with you and can explain any concerns found.
Remember; once we receive the list of items found during inspection, we will request items of major concern to be addressed by the sellers of the property.
The licensed inspector will view the following items:
Lot and Landscaping The inspector will determine the general grade of the lot, the maintenance level of the landscaping and any potential problems that may arise from the existing condition. He will assess the general condition of the walks, driveway and steps of the structure.
Foundation The inspector will check the foundation and look for evidence of settlement and/or seepage in the basement areas. The inspector will look for recent uneven settlement, foundation movement, and cracks were exposed. He looks at drainage, sump pump locations and the presence of dehumidification and ventilation. In addition, he will examine any crawl spaces for structural integrity, type of supports, joists and girders, and proper ventilation.
Plumbing The inspector will determine the type of system in the property, assess its current condition, and will explain how it operates and how to maintain the system. He will show you how to shut off the water to the entire building or individually shut down varies sections, fixtures, and outside hose connections. If the home is on a well, he will inspect the condition of the well equipment in the basement and make recommendations. The inspector will operator all of the plumbing fixtures and faucets for function.
Hot Water Supply The inspector will look at the type of hot water system present in the property; access its current condition and detail system operation and maintenance. He will inspect for proper pressure valve temperature as well examine exposed flue pipes and look for indications of potential problems.
Heating The inspector will determine the type of system in the property, assess its current condition, and will explain how it operates and how to maintain the system. He will look for heat output in the living space. He will determine the number of heating zones present in the property. The inspector will examine the distribution system, flue pipes, fuel source, insulation type and any exposed tanks.
Air Conditioning The inspector will determine the type of system present (if any) and the number of zones for the property, and he will determine if the systems is functional (weather permitting). He will also examine the distribution system for any potential problems.
Chimney and Fireplace The inspector will inspect the firebox, hearth, damper and exterior chimney. He will determine if the expose masonry is in need of repair and assess the function of the damper. He will look at wood or pellet stove installations and make recommendations. He will operate gas fired fireplaces if operable.
Electrical The inspector will review the type of system in the property, assess its current condition and will explain how it operates and how to maintain the system. We will open panels, where accessible and look for potential problems. The inspector will identify the amperage, number of circuits, visible loading issues, proper grounding and bonding. He will test a sampling of outlets for function and note if they have been wired properly. The inspector will test all undedicated GFI and AFI outlets in the home.
Termite Infestation and Wood Damage The inspector cannot provide any certification regarding pests, for this you will need a licensed exterminator. The inspector will however look for insect damage and determine if there is any structural damage due to the presence of termites or other insects. We recommend that you schedule the termite inspection just prior to the home inspection.
Structure The inspector will look for evidence of settlement and/or water seepage in the structure. He will assess the general structural support of the house, joist, girders, flooring, sub-flooring and interior walls. He will note any deficiencies and needed repair in the house, such as evidence of water leaks or cracks. He will check a subset of the windows and doors of the property, noting their type, function and condition. The inspector will determine if all hand rails, landings and stairs are in a safe and secure condition. We will check all egresses to determine condition and use. If the property is within a mulit-unit building, he will also inspect the common areas where applicable for any deficiencies or needed repairs.
Attic The inspector will go into the attic, if possible, and determine the presence of, type and amount of the insulation and ventilation in the property. He will perform a general structural assessment of the attic, framing and collar ties as well and look for leaks or conditions that require repair. The inspector will assess potential problems associated with ice dams, flashings or roof penetrations. We access all crawlspaces and determine structural integrity, ventilation and general condition.
Exterior The inspector will look at the exterior walls, noting their type and condition. From ground level, he will examine all soffit, trim and fascia boards for deterioration. All decks, porches, balconies, stairs and hand rails will be checked to see if they are secure and safe. We will look for signs of concealed damage and moisture entrapment. He will also determine the general condition of all exterior building features and make recommendations regarding their care.
Roof The inspector will determine the type of roof covering, its condition and any general problems or maintenance issues. Different roof types have specific maintenance issues associated with them. In addition, the inspector will assess the gutters for type, condition and function, and he will look at flashings and skylights as well as any other roof penetrations or features. He will visual inspect all other roof features, such as dormers, firewalls, penthouses and roof decks (and handrails).
Garage The inspector will examine the garage for internal and external structural integrity, as he would the house. He will check the roof, exterior and interior walls, flooring, windows, etc. He will determine the presence and function of electric door openers. He will trigger the general safety features of the automatic garage