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The purpose of the home inspection is to inform you, the new owner, about the current condition of the home and any foreseeable maintenance which may be needed within the next 3 to 5 years. Being informed and knowledgeable about the condition of your new home provides you with confidence in making your purchase.

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How Inspections Work

Major Appliances

Part of a home inspection is checking that all major appliances are functioning properly. To confirm that all appliances are in working order, a technician will run them through one or two cycles to make sure there's no trouble, such as mechanical or functional irregularities.

Heating, AC and Ductwork

The HVAC components not only supply heating and cooling to the house, but they are also a critical part of the health of the home. The home inspector operates the HVAC equipment using the operating control which is most commonly a thermostat. The home inspector will hear components of the system starting and running. They will feel air movement or water movement through the distribution system and measure temperature at the vents.

Bathrooms

One issue your inspector will take a look at is water pressure. The inspector will likely flush the toilet while the shower and sink faucet(s) are running to ensure that water pressure remains consistent. Another important item the inspector will check for is water leaks. Bathroom water leaks can often be found around faucets and toilets, as well as under the bathroom sinks and around showerheads. The inspector will also be looking for past leaks that might have caused water damage under bathroom cabinets and around the toilet.

Voltage and Wiring

Interior outlets, light switches, appliance cords and GFCIs must be routinely tested and visually inspected. Loose outlets must be tightened or replaced and cords must fit snugly. Outlets should be visually inspected for black smoke and cool to the touch. 

Plumbing Fixtures

All plumbing fixtures are thoroughly tested for any operational problems, leaks or improper installation issues. We perform unique testing procedures at every accessible plumbing area, while at the same time evaluating the drainage of each fixture.

Windows and Coverings

The evaluation of windows determines whether they function properly.  This includes checking for evidence of excessive wind or water leakage, damage, etc.  Windows are also checked for other concerns such as the need for caulking, draftiness, ease of operation, and leakage.  Many older windows are drafty, leak when it rains, and are difficult to operate.

Plumbing

The plumbing system is a key component of any home inspection. We inspect the interior drain systems, waste systems, vent systems, water supply, distribution systems, fixtures, hot water systems, Lastly, we locate the main water shut off device to check the water flow meter to determine if there are existing leaks.

Roof Condition

Well-maintained roofs can last 30 years or more—but a shoddy installation or poor-quality shingles and tiles can mean needing to replace a roof much sooner.

Eaves and Soffits

Eaves, soffits and facias are all integral parts of your roof's drainage system. Eaves help to direct rainwater and other moisture away from your home. Soffits and fascias fit snugly together with the eaves to prevent the water from doubling back under the eaves and into your home. Eaves, soffits and facias that are improperly installed and sealed can cause moisture and rain to seep into your attic, leading to mold and mildew problems.

Exterior Electrical

Some of the electrical inspection is done on the outside of the house. If the service entrance cable is coming in overhead from the street the cable has to be identified, clearances checked and splices and supports inspected.  If an exterior ground rod has been used, its condition must be accessed. Many homes have the main electrical disconnect on the exterior of the house. The disconnect must be accessible to the property’s occupants and its ampere rating or size noted.

Exterior Surfaces

Inspecting a home's exterior wall finishes can reveal signs of maintenance and structural issues. A home inspector will check your home's exterior finishes to make sure that they are not only attractive, but doing their job to keep your home well-sealed against the elements.

Stucco

Homes with stucco exterior surfaces, when applied correctly, will last a lifetime. However, a major flaw we see in the field could add up to water in the living space and big bucks out of your pocket. 

Roofing Material

As homes age, so does the material covering the roof. This is the component of the house that keeps us and the internal workings of the house dry. As the roofing material ages, it can allow for water intrusion and can lead to expensive repairs or even replacement.

Attic Inspection

Components from a number of different home systems may be present in the attic. This includes insulation, ductwork and evidence of light and moisture penetration.

Testing Electrical Panel

Every home has an electrical service panel. It may be located on the exterior of the home, in the garage or basement. The panel contains fuses or circuit breakers. The panel and its components must be reviewed for age, dark or smoky residue, and wear and tear.