A typical home inspection will last two to three hours and will provide the client with detailed information about the property. All conditions of the property will be recorded for reference. I use a 400 point inspection process with digital pictures and detailed descriptions that enable the client to understand problems, potential problems, safety hazards, as well as positive attributes of the property. This in turn will allow the client to make an informed investment decision.
The goal of a property inspection is to reduce the fear of the unknown and to educate the client about their potential future home.
What Does a Typical Home Inspection Cover?
- Roof, Vents, Flashing, & Trim
- Gutters & Downspouts
- Skylights, Chimney, & Other Roof Penetrations
- Decks, Stoops, Porches, Walkways, & Railings
- Eaves, Soffit, & Fascia
- Grading & Drainage
- Basement, Crawlspace, & Foundation
- Water Penetration & Foundation Movement
- Heating System
- Cooling System
- Main Water Shutoff Valve
- Water Heating System
- Interior Plumbing Fixtures & Faucets
- Drainage Sump Pump With Accessible Float
- Electrical Service Line & Meter Box
- Main Disconnect & Service Amperage
- Electrical Panels, Breakers & Fuses
- Grounding & Bonding
- Fireplace Damper Door & Hearth
- and much more..
Types of Property Inspections:
Pre-Sale Inspection (Sellers)
All sellers should have a “Seller Inspection" on their property before putting it on the market.
Benefits of inspection:
• Awareness of any possible damages or defects
• Can be utilized as a property condition disclosure
• Raise the confidence of potential buyers
• Protect your interests against conflicting inspection reports
• Assist in obtaining the highest possible property value
Pre-Purchase Inspection (Buyers)
I will prepare your Home Inspection Reports with easy-to-read details on:
• The condition of major components
• Major and minor deficiencies
• Any major expenditures necessary
• What to watch out for
• Helpful home preservation tips
• Safety concerns
• And much more
Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspections
Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your 1-year Builder Warranty. The inspection will be performed to verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection along with digital photos taken as needed for inaccessible areas.
New Construction Inspections
New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk through with the Builder’s Customer Service Representative or Superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the Builder depending on the Builder’s policy. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before your final walk through with the Builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. At the conclusion of the inspection a completed report will be distributed to you.
I encourage the client to attend and participate in the process of the inspection. Participation will enable the client to fully understand the generated report and learn about their new property. Participation will also be informative concerning future maintenance issues to keep the property in good working condition and avoid potential problems.