What to expect from an inspection from The Home Inspections Company


Exterior:

    I will inspect the exterior foundation walls, exterior walls, grading, vegetation near structure, windows, doors, porches, patios, decks, and identify possible tripping hazards on walkways and driveway. Two very important areas on the exterior are the condition of grading and the decks (if applicable). Grading is very important. If the property is not properly graded (with the ground sloping downward away from the house) there is a good chance that water infiltration will become a problem inside the home and possibly create foundation issues. There may also be many problems and unsafe conditions with improperly constructed decks and landings.

Roof systems:

    I will try to walk the roof (if possible). Many times walking on the roof is not feasible because of poor weather conditions, steep pitch, type of roof material and condition. If the roof cannot be walked I will inspect it with binoculars from the grade level and a ladder if possible. When inspecting a roof, I look at the flashings, roof covering condition, layers, type of materials, defects, and suitability of materials, visible parts of the exterior of chimney, chimney flashing, and roof penetrations such as plumbing vents and attic vent systems. I will tell you if the roof system is sound, if the proper materials have been used, and the overall condition of the roof covering.

Plumbing:

    I will inspect the visible supply and waste plumbing pipes and connections, the water heater and connections. Identify locations of waste cleanouts, location of water main and shutoff for water supply, and observe drains for leaks and proper installation when visible.

Electrical:

    When it is safe to do so, and if the panel is accessible, I will remove the electrical panel box cover. I will inspect the interior of the panel box, wiring, breakers, connections, and grounding. I will inspect any accessible sub­ panels. I will test all accessible electrical receptacles in the home and provide details about their condition and wiring. I will test all GFCl-protected electrical receptacles in the home, or note when needed to help ease the chance of electric shock should a ground fault occur. I will look for visible unsafe wiring and fire and shock hazards. I often find non-professional wiring installed by homeowners, and these installations are usually done poorly and are usually unsafe.

Kitchen:

    In the kitchen, I will inspect the sink plumbing and connections. I will run hot and cold water at all of the fixtures. I will test the electrical receptacles and operate the dishwasher, range and any other built-in appliances, (trash compactors excluded). I will inspect the cabinets/doors, counters, walls, doors, fixtures, and ceiling.

Interior rooms:

     I will work room to room inspecting the walls, floors, ceilings, light fixtures, electrical receptacles, and all accessible windows for existing conditions. Some of the problems I will look for are water damage and structural abnormalities.

Bathrooms:

    In the bathrooms, I will run hot and cold water at the sink faucet, tub, and shower. I will inspect the plumbing and waste connections. I will look for the required cut-off valves, and test the electrical receptacles. I will inspect the tub tiles and surround and operate the shower door, if equipped. If the home is equipped with a hydro-therapeutic tub I will fill and operate the tub and inspect the motor and wiring, if accessible, and identify and test the GFCI.

Garage:

    I will inspect the walls, ceiling, floor for existing conditions, GFCI operation and compliance, and door/opener operation and compliance.

Attic:

    If the attic space is accessible at the time of the home inspection, I will inspect all visible areas for structural defects, and for signs of water damage as well as comment on the existing attic ventilation, status of insulation, type and thickness, and roof structure type.

HVAC:

    I will perform a visual test as well as test the temperature variation across the coil (Delta T reading) to determine if the unit is cooling efficiently or in need of service. I will visually inspect the flame pattern on gas fueled furnaces and do a temperature reading at the vents on an electric furnace. I also will identify the make and year of the HVAC unit (if visible).

Infrared Scan:

    I perform an infrare​d scan no extra charge to try to identify any anomalies not visible to the eye such as leaks, or major deficiencies in insulation.

Sprinkler Systems: (when applicable)

    I perform a visible system check on the sprinkler system to identify any defects, coverage of yard, and conditions conducive to damage to the structure of the home.