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.
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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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a home inspection?
The short answer is, yes. Buying a new home is an expensive investment, possibly the largest one you’ll ever make. A home inspection brings more clarity to what it is that you’re buying and will help to mitigate the risk involved in such a purchase.
There are many potential problems that could either go unnoticed, or could lead to bigger problems, that a home inspector is trained to uncover.
Can I inspect the home myself?
I very strongly advise against attempting to perform the property inspection yourself, for a number of reasons. Even if you do have a lot of experience with the systems of a home, it is still advised to hire a professional home inspector. Here are some reasons to hire a trained and certified professional:
1. It’s far too easy to become emotionally attached to a home. It’s very important to have an objective party perform the inspection to provide a professional, unbiased assessment.
2. A professional home inspector has been trained to look for specific issues, and is familiar with a wide variety of situations.
3. A good home inspector knows the difference between major and minor issues, and which minor issues can lead to major problems down the road.
How long does a home inspection take?
A home inspection can vary greatly, depending on the size of the home and number of issues discovered. When receiving a home inspection, it is important that your inspector focuses on the details. An inspection that takes less than 2 hours is generally not thorough enough to be useful.
When you request your inspection, I can give you a better idea as to how long the process will take.
May I attend the inspection?
Absolutely! While your presence is not required, I strongly encourage you to come along for the inspection. You’ll have a much better idea of the condition of the home when you can see any issues first-hand.
You’ll be able to benefit a lot more from the inspector’s experience and knowledge if you are present at the inspection. You can ask questions and receive home maintenance tips — especially helpful for first-time home buyers.
If I’m selling a house, should I get a pre-listing home inspection?
Yes, there are many positive outcomes for you as a seller to have a pre-listing inspection. You’re more likely to have a quick sale if the house has already been properly inspected. You can opt to provide potential buyers with a copy of the inspection report, or you can address any issues before listing the house for sale. Major problems discovered during a home inspection may result in serious transaction delays. If you know about these problems ahead of time, you’ll be in a better position for a smooth transaction.
As the seller, there a few things you can do to prepare for the inspection. Being prepared will help the inspection go smoothly and increase your home’s appeal to potential buyers. Be sure to apply these steps:
This may be stating the obvious, but it’s imperative that your house is as clean as possible. Not only does this increase your home’s appeal, but it also helps the inspector by making it easier to move around and access various areas of interest.
2. Utilities are Connected
Utilities need to be connected so the inspector can test things like water flow, electrical outlets, water heaters, furnace, air conditioning, and so on. Without the utilities connected, the home inspector will have no choice but to either reschedule or suggest inspection by a specialist.
3. Appliances are Connected and Working
Appliances that are not connected to water, power, oil, or gas cannot be turned on by the home inspector. All appliances should be working properly, and abandoned appliances should be removed.
4. Brush and Other Exterior Obstructions
In the Winter, try to provide a path around your house. In the Summer, clear away any overgrowth or dead branches that come into contact with the home.
5. House Number
This may seem silly, but make sure the house number is visible from the street. People are going to need to check out the house, so you’ll want to make sure they can find it without any trouble.
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