My Standard Home Inspection

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My standard inspection is a thorough evaluation of the home’s interior and exterior in order to provide you with my unbiased findings of the defects I discover. My non-invasive inspection includes the visible and accessible interior and exterior structure, systems and components, as well as checking all gas appliances with a combustible gas meter. My job is to assess not only the condition of the home, but also how well its different parts are working together.

I use a tablet with Home InspectorPro software for same-day reports with color photos of each room to show any defects and issues of concern. I will review these photos on-site with my client.

I use a moisture meter, water pressure gauge, carbon monoxide meter, and a laser heat sensor during my inspections. I will also check all of the electrical circuits and outlets with a Suretest® circuit analyzer.

I encourage you to attend your inspection so that I can point out important components and maintenance items, and to answer your questions. I always wear shoe covers indoors to protect my client’s flooring.

I will inspect the following items, when visible and accessible:
1. Roof
  • the roof-covering materials;
  • the gutters;
  • the downspouts;
  • the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney and roof penetrations; and
  • the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.
2. Exterior
  • the exterior wall-covering material, flashing and trim;
  • all exterior doors;
  • stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps;
  • porches, decks and balconies;
  • railings, guards and handrails;
  • the eaves, soffits and fascia;
  • a representative number of windows; and
  • vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, when they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion.
3. Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure
  • the foundation;
  • the basement;
  • the crawlspace; and
  • structural components.
4. Heating
  • the heating system, using normal operating controls.
5. Cooling
  • the central cooling system using normal operating controls.
6. Plumbing
  • the main water supply shut-off valve;
  • the main fuel supply shut-off valve;
  • the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing;
  • interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water;
  • all toilets for proper operation by flushing;
  • all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage;
  • the drain, waste and vent system; and
  • drainage sump pumps, and operate pumps with accessible floats.
7. Electrical
  • the service drop;
  • the overhead service conductors and attachment point;
  • the service head, gooseneck and drip loops;
  • the service mast, service conduit and raceway;
  • the electric meter and base;
  • service-entrance conductors;
  • the main service disconnect;
  • panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses);
  • service grounding and bonding;
  • a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible;
  • all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible; and
  • for the general absence of smoke or carbon-monoxide detectors.
8. Fireplace
  • readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys;
  • lintels above fireplace openings;
  • damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and
  • cleanout doors and frames.
 9. Attic, Insulation & Ventilation
  • insulation in unfinished spaces;
  • ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; and
  • mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area.
10. Doors, Windows & Interior
  • a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them;
  • floors, walls and ceilings;
  • stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps;
  • railings, guards and handrails; and
  • garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls.

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