A Home Inspection report is the result of a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home at a specific point in time. Your home inspector checks that all systems are performing correctly and safely. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found, the written inspection report will outline a description of the problem and possible solutions.
We encourage the prospective homeowner or representative to be present during the inspection. It is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if no problems are found. If that is not possible, the inspector will call you to explain what he has discovered, both good and bad. This will give you an opportunity to ask questions.
Your home inspection report describes the condition of all the following systems:
- Roof – materials, penetrations, flashing, chimneys, skylights, gutters, downspouts, general condition;
- Exterior – surfaces, eaves, trim, doors, windows, steps, stairs, railings, soffits, vegetation, grading, walkways, driveways;
- Structure – foundation walls, floors, columns, walls, attic, framing, crawl spaces, basement;
- Electrical – service entrance, main and auxiliary panels, ground fault receptacles, wiring, switches, lighting fixtures, outlets, smoke detectors;
- Heating and Cooling – operating controls, furnaces, boilers, fans, ducts, filters, shutoff switches and valves;
- Plumbing – shut off valves, water supply piping, drain and waste piping, sump pumps, cross connections, valves, faucets, leaks, toilets, cleanouts;
- Interior – floors, walls, ceiling and trim, fire separation, stairs, railings, counters, cabinets, door and window operation;
- Insulation and Ventilation;
- Pest inspection – wood decay, insects or signs of insects, conducive conditions
- and much more.
A home inspection is not protection against future failures, nor does it provide a warranty against future problems. Our inspectors are on site for a relatively short time, and despite our best efforts, there may be things that are not picked up. We ask that you understand and accept this. An inspection still provides great value and adds considerably to your understanding of the home, and betters your odds of not buying a problem house or a “money pit.” Our reports reveal the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty.
For more detail on the inspection of each of these systems, consult the Residential Standards of Practice .