So What Exactly Gets Inspected?
We only inspect what we can see (so your septic, for example, which is underground requires a professional septic company for a proper inspection), nor do we offer solutions. We identify the problems for you and let you know that they’re there.
These systems include:
Gaining access to the attic is of paramount importance in giving you a complete and thorough inspection, even if only a visual inspection is possible.
These are all questions we answer. Ultimately, the exterior of your home must keep the elements outside and the warmth inside.
There are several different types of foundation structures and as home inspectors, we’re trained to identify all of them and the usual areas each style tends to have issues with.
There are many different types of heating systems but they all have several things in common: They all require a fuel source and if that source is combustible, it needs ventilation.
No heating system is inherently better than another, but all can have defects. An inspection will help you identify any issues and who to contact to fix them.
Your plumbing must be inspected. It’s one of the largest, most complicated systems in your home and offers the most potential points of failure. A thorough inspection will help identify any places that might need addressing before or after closing.
We check everything from the service drop, where the line enters your home, to the main electrical panel to the GFI outlets in your bathroom and kitchen. All must be in good order for your safety and security.
Inspections for fireplaces (or wood-burning stoves, or pellet stoves, or any appliance that burns wood) involve checking for loose bricks or stones, operating your damper, and identifying what type of fireplace you have.
Since so much of what comprises a fireplace is literally up the chimney — which can’t be accessed by normal means — we recommend a hands-on inspection (also known as a “Level 2” Inspection) by a qualified chimney sweep.
There’s a lot to cover here and we check several different aspects of the interior of your home which includes everything from your floors to your ceilings. The most important things to check for are inadequate protection from the elements (such as when the seals around a window are deteriorating) or whether the appropriate safety measures have been taken to make the garage door safe for your family.
Special attention is paid to both the kitchen and bathrooms as they’re essential to the value of your home. There are many things to be checked in these areas. Most notably, leaks are checked for under the sinks and whether outlets are GFCI-protected. Bathrooms are especially prone to mold issues and must be carefully inspected.