|An inspection is a unbiased visual observation of a property and all readily accessible
components. All items in and around the home is tested for proper operation and safety.
We also compare the Model Numbers of the appliances with recalled items from the
Consumer Product Safety Commission and provide our clients with the appropriate contact
number for repairs. Below is a list of the most common items and areas that are inspected
and included in your report. A proper inspection will normally take 3 hours on a typical
home up to 2,000 square feet, depending on age and condition. Our inspections exceed
State minimum requirements.
An inspection is not a home warranty, nor can an inspector predict the life expectancy of
any component. We recommend speaking with your agent about available home warranty
programs that may be purchased to cover major items.
We prefer our clients to be present during or near the end of the inspection for a walk
through in order to explain our findings, educate you on the features of the home, and
answer all of your questions.
Below are the most common areas of an inspection.
Grounds: Fences, gates, sidewalks, driveway, and slope of grade for proper site drainage.
Roof: When safe, I walk roofs to inspect what may not be visible from a ladder only. Eaves,
fascia, and soffits.
Exterior: Site drainage, Siding, windows, doors, weep screeds.
Attic: Trusses, rafters, sheathing, signs of water intrusion, insulation, and proper
Electrical: Main and Sub-panels, wiring methods/proper wiring, all accessible outlet and
switch functionality, GFCI and AFCI operation, and fixtures.
Kitchens & Bathrooms: All installed appliances, counters, cabinets and drawers,
Plumbing fixtures, and drains.
Heating & Cooling: Air conditioner operation, Forced air units, venting, Heat pumps, air
handlers, proper temperature splits, ducts, and registers.
Swimming Pools: Operation, pump & filter system, fences, gates, locks (for safety
reasons), barriers between house & pool, safety equipment, and chemical storage areas.
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|Always Get Inspections
You are primarily responsible for your own due diligence. Never waive home inspections even on a new home. The
builder could have skimped in the construction, used under-sized components or worse yet, hired negligent sub-
contractors. There are countless examples of new homes which deviate significantly from plans or specifications.
Have an inspection performed during construction and especially before the builder’s one year warranty expires, and
submit all repair requests to the builder prior to the warranty expiration.
The requirement of visual inspections and testing is even more compelling for a resale or foreclosed home.
Some states require licensing of home inspectors. Some are Nevada, Arizona, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Oregon, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin.
What actually do inspectors do?
If you're afraid you'll sound silly on this one, don’t be. The inspector examines the components of a home that are
accessible and visible.
For buyers, many of whom are making the biggest investment of their lives, the inspection helps eliminate surprises.
Not all people who claim to be inspectors are qualified to perform inspections.
Why can’t buyers and sellers do their own inspection?
Neither sellers nor buyers can stay objective about property they have a financial—or emotional—interest in. They
need an objective opinion from a trained third party. Inspectors understand a home's systems and how they function
together and why they might fail.