A home cannot fail an inspection. A professional home inspection gives you an independent, unbiased view of any problems and their solutions, so that you will have all the facts you need to make a sound, informed decision.
Depending on the size and condition of the home, a thorough home inspection will take no more than a few hours. Ideally, you will accompany your inspector during the consultation, so that you will have visual reinforcement of your written report.
Most inspections cover 400 to 500 items depending on the size of the home. The results are provided to you in the form of a 35-40 page computer-generated report, complete with digital photos of any problem areas. All reports cover the structure from foundation to roof and evaluate the electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems for operability and life expectancy. Our report is easy to read and the summary page lists all problem areas in one location on the report. The report is delivered directly to you via 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.
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Our thorough home inspection will include the following:
Exterior Systems – exterior siding material and protective coating condition, trim, flashing, eaves, soffits, fascia, windows and doors, chimneys
Roof System – roof covering material, ventilation, flashings, skylights, gutters and downspouts
Structural Components – exposed foundations and grade slabs, framing of walls, ceiling, subfloors; support beams, columns, piers, earthquake/seismic (e.g. foundation bolts, retrofits, etc.)
Grounds – driveways, walkways, exterior steps, retaining walls, landscaping, site drainage/grading
Decks, Balconies – structural framing, walking surface, stairs, railings, attached covers
Crawlspaces & Basements – potential water issues, insulation, vapor barrier, ventilation, presence of rodents
Attics – roof sheathing, trusses, rafters and joists, collar ties, insulation, visible plumbing and electrical, ventilation or moisture, presence of rodents
Electrical Systems – Service drop, entrance cables, meter base, electrical panel, service disconnects, circuit type, sub panels, proper clearances, grounding system, visible wiring and junction boxes, fixtures and switches, outlets, GFCI protection, any upgrades to older homes.
Plumbing Systems – main water pipe, supply pipes, waste pipes, vent pipes, gas meter and pipes, hose bibs, water pressure, water flow, water temperature, sump pumps, sewage ejector pumps, any upgrades to older homes
HVAC Systems – furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, mini-split / ductless heat pumps, radiant (e.g. in floor, convectors, in ceiling, etc.), central electrical heating, combustion air, flues pipes, chimneys and venting, wall heaters, baseboard heaters, Air Conditioners, ductwork, air filters, any upgrades to older homes
Interior Components – walls, ceilings, floors, closets, stairways, landings, handrails, fireplaces and dampers, presence of smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors
Kitchens/Baths/Laundry – sinks, toilets, bathtubs and showers, fixtures, counters, backsplashes, cabinets, drain pipes, exhaust fans and ventilation, washer, dryer, refrigerator, range, cooktop, oven, dishwasher, disposal
Garages – vehicle door, automated door openers, photo-electric sensors, automatic reverse garage door, fire-rated service door, walls, ceiling, floor