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Inspection Overview

What sets me apart from other inspectors? I'll tell you what it is. It's attitude. So many inspectors simply go through the property making notes along the way. They don't encourage questions or go into detail about how a system functions and maintenance it requires. They're interested in finishing as quickly as they can and off they go to their next inspection.

You and I are going to approach the inspection process in a much more personal and detailed manner. We don't have a time limit. We'll stay until you're satisfied. As you and I go through the home, I'll comment on the various components. I'll encourage you to ask questions. You'll sense my energy and enthusiasm for what I do. Everything necessary will be recorded so the report can address every issue. Let's say we're looking at the heating and air conditioning system. When we're through, you'll know the condition, quality, age and maintenance needed to keep it in tip top shape. You'll also have a basic understanding of how your air conditioning and heating system work. Buying a house is a big deal. It's probably going to be one of the biggest investments you're ever going to make. You may live in this house for many years. Shouldn't you know as much as possible about the property before you go to the settlement table? Of course you should and you will.

Depending on the size and condition of the home, a thorough home inspection should take no more than four hours. You will accompany me during the consultation, so that you will have visual reinforcement of your written report.

Most of my inspections take 3 – 5 hours depending on the age, condition and size of the home. The results are provided are provided to you by a computer generated report complete with digital photos of problem areas. All reports cover the structure from foundation to roof and evaluate all electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems for operability. The report is easy to read and the summary page lists all visible problem areas in one location on the report. The report can be delivered directly to you on-site or e-mailed for your convenience.

Before you sign the dotted line, getting a home inspection is a crucial step in the home buying process. Here are some points you need to know about what you can expect from a good home inspection, and what should always be checked and disclosed.

A thorough home inspection will include the following:

  • Roof: Shingles, flashings, chimneys, vents, trim and gutters, drip edges, skylights, downspouts, and other visible roof related items
  • Attics: Insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists and collar ties, trusses, wiring attachments, and other visible related items
  • Plumbing and Fixtures: Hose bibs, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets, sanitary system, and other visible plumbing system components.
  • Interior: Floors and ceilings, walls, stairs (if applicable) and banisters, finishes, sinks, cabinets, shelving, built-in appliances and other visible interior-related components
  • Heating and Cooling Systems: Furnace, air cleaning parts, ductwork, air conditioner and lines, and other visible related HVAC components.
  • Electrical Systems: Service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components.
  • Basements, Crawl Spaces, and Foundation: All visible insulation, ventilation, posts, vapor barriers, utility attachment, structural items, floors and walls, and columns.
  • Exterior: Siding materials, attachments, windows, doors, sashes and lintels, vents, entryways, and other visible exterior related components.
  • Decks and Porches
  • Environmental Issues
  • Termite Inspection
  • Fireplaces
  • Overall Structure