A home cannot fail an inspection. A professional home inspection gives you an independent, unbiased view of any problems and their solutions, so that you will have all the facts you need to make a sound, informed decision.
A thorough home inspection will take 1-1.5 hours for every 1000 square feet. When considering a home inspector, be sure to ask not only about years in the business, but also how long the inspection will take. You might be surprised to hear how fast some inspection companies perform an inspection (known as "drive by" inspectors). You can be sure, the quicker the inspection time, the more they missed. Ask about years of inspection experience, which is very different from years in the building trades.
Also, if another inspection company provides an onsite report, consider the fact that our inspection report time usually takes as long as the time spent on site performing the inspection. Our reports are type written that not only identify safety issues and defects, but describes all of the major systems so you actually learn valuable information about your new home. A thorough report also requires additional research on the property and informational photos to paint a picture. When possible, we will research the building history and permit records that were obtained as well as note obvious illegal work performed to the property. Is it possible that this 5 bedroom, 5 bath residence is listed on public record as a "3X2"!
Remember that the person who currently owns the house is responsible for any and all illegal work, even if previously performed.
We take our inspection reports seriously. Every inspection is a complete and thorough analysis of all the major systems and components in the home. The report includes a clear description of what we've found with any problem areas noted, so you can easily identify them. Our inspectors also provide a free telephone consultation after your inspection.
A thorough home inspection will include the following:
- Roof (tile, metal, shingles, flashings, chimneys, vents, rain gutters, downspouts, and other visible roof related items)
- Attics - We climb through all accessible areas, many inspectors do not (insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists, trusses, roof sheathing and related components, and other visible related items)
- Plumbing and Water Heaters (water pressure, water distribution system, hose bibs, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets, sanitary system, and other accessible plumbing system components)
- Interior (floors and ceilings, walls, cabinets, built-in appliances, smoke detectors and safety-related items, fireplaces, and other visible interior-related components)
- Crawl Spaces and Foundation - We actually crawl your spaces and enjoy it! (ventilation, posts, structural items, floors and walls, and columns)
- Electrical Systems (service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components)
- Exterior (siding materials, attachments, windows, doors, vents, entryways, and other visible exterior related components)
- HVAC Systems (Heating and Cooling) (air filters, ductwork, and related components)
- Decks and Porches
- Overall Structure
- Pools (spa and related equipment)
- Lawn Sprinklers
- Kitchens and Appliances
- Detached Cottages/Guest Quarters
- Mold Assessment: Mold inspections can be performed, as I am a state licensed mold assessor.
- Thermal imaging: Thermal imaging is included at no cost, as I am a Certified Residential Thermographer.
WDO (Pest or termite) inspections are only arranged for your convenience and performed by a licensed pest control operator.