A full home inspection involves not only the systems and components of the house, but how they all work together in the time and season you are having the home inspected. Pressures and stresses may also impact components of the home in their normal operation. We focus on these aspects as well as safety hazards and potential environmental concerns that might be present. Our home inspections show conducive conditions for moisture, pest, or air intrusion. These conditions reveal the present state of the home, as well as potential future concerns.
Some clients prefer to spend their money making repairs, rather than paying the inspector to put together a glowing report of every minute detail. In these instances, we offer the same full inspection but with an abbreviated report where attention is drawn only to areas of major cost or safety concerns.
Deferred Report Inspection
In a Deferred Report Inspection, the home inspection process and documentation methods are identical to those used in the full inspection. However, following the inspection, instead of receiving a full photo-documented inspection report, [for a discounted price only] a brief page or two of field notes is sent. Later, for the initially discounted (unpaid) fee balance, the full report may be ordered. This reporting option is popular for pre-sale inspections with multiple buyers, where only one will be awarded the home. It is also a common choice of clients purchasing bank-owned property, “as-is” sales, or where no negotiation is available.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a thorough, unbiased, in depth visual inspection of the structure, systems, and components of the home performed by a trained professional. A home inspection is an inexpensive way to protect, improve, or maintain your investment. Whether you are buying new, or simply maintaining an existing, already-owned property, having your investment professionally evaluated prevents numerous costly conditions.
How does it work?
A trained inspector will inspect the major systems and components of the home, typically for two to three hours, depending on the size and condition of the home. We encourage you to join the inspector for a step by step analysis of the home. Our mission is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the condition of the home.
The inspection involves traversing the grounds, exterior perimeter, roof, interior, and uninhabited areas of a home (attic & crawl spaces) searching for structural deficiencies, system or component flaws, health risks or safety hazards. Defects may be material-related, method-related, or may be due to age, exposure, pest or moisture intrusion. Defects may be simply failing to meet currently safer building requirements, or lacking modern components.
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Materials and conditions of the exterior cladding, doors and windows, driveway and walkways, decks and porches, and lot of drainage.
General conditions of the electrical service, main panel, and visible wiring. Random testing of switches and outlets, light fixtures, and ceiling fans.
Heating and Air Conditioning
General condition and operation of the visible portion of the furnace, and air conditioning units, ductwork, thermostat, and air filter.
Insulation and Ventilation
Overall condition of attic and crawl space insulation and ventilation. Operations of exhaust fans.
General condition and operation of the plumbing system, including the water heater, plumbing fixtures, and all visible supply piping and drains.
General condition of the walls, ceilings, floor coverings, windows and doors, cabinets, and countertops.
General condition and operation of the major appliances.