I will conduct a thorough visual inspection of the property to give you a clear picture of exactly what it is you’re buying. With that information at your fingertips, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and avoid any nasty surprises in the future.
Below you’ll find a general outline of what is included in each home inspection.
What is Included in a Home Inspection?
I check faucets and showers, looking for visible leaks as well as testing the water pressure. I will identify the types of pipes used, if visible. I will also detect where the main water shutoff valve is located.
I will identify the type of wiring, test all outlets and make sure there are GFCIs installed where needed to protect from electrical shock. I will also inspect the electrical panel for safety issues and fire hazards.
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. I will determine the age of the furnace and air conditioner, whether or not they function properly, and possibly recommend repairs or maintenance.
I will determine the age of the water heater and check to be sure it has been properly installed. I can also determine the condition and possibly give an estimated remaining life span of the unit.
I will inspect the mechanical exhaust system for the clothes dryer. The clothes dryer must vent directly to the outdoors, unless it is a ventless dryer. A poorly ventilated dryer exhaust can be a serious fire hazard.
I will test the smoke detectors and ensure that the garage wall, if present, has the proper fire rating and is undamaged. I will also check the fireplace for proper installation and maintenance.
I will check toilets & tubs for visible leaks, & proper ventilation to prevent moisture related issues. I will also inspect toilets to see they’re flushing, run showers to see they spray & be sure drains are draining.
If possible, I will check for any structural damage and for proper ventilation. I will also check for leaks and the insulation to ensure that nothing is ventilated directly into the attic, such as the bathroom.
I will check exterior walls for damaged or missing siding, cracks, and excessive soil contact which can be an invitation for pests. I will also check the foundation for possible failure, indicated by cracks or settling.
I will check to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house, which prevents water from entering the house or causing damage to the foundation. I will also check for any obvious soggy areas.
If accessible and visible, I will look for defects in the roof, including attic shingles, flashing and fascia. I will also inspect gutters to be sure they are secure and look for defects in chimneys and skylights.
I will inspect the garage foundation, windows, ceiling, and framing. I will test the garage for proper ventilation and be sure the doors operate properly. I will also inspect and test the outlets electrical system.
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