Below is a generalized list of items included in our full home inspection and a service agreement. There is not enough space here to list everything that will be inspected. A more exhaustive agenda that I adhere to and surpase is the InterNACHI SOP. Parts of a house that would have to be damaged or are unsafe to inspect will not be inspected. If you have any questions, please call me.
Structure – The foundation, floors, framework, chimney. This will also include the inspector entering the crawl space, basement and attic when applicable. Evidence of water intrusion will be further evaluated using either a moisture meter or thermal imaging camera. Any evidence of mold growth in insulation, and exterior or interior walls and flooring will be photo documented, sampled, and sent for laboratory analysis.
Electrical – Service line, capabilities (volts/amps), main breaker, fuse/breaker box (location and internal condition) proper grounding, correct sizing of breakers and/or fuses, panels (location and internal condition), wiring installation, condition of wiring, electrical distribution, operation of GFCI/AFCI’s, switches and outlets, light fixtures. Additionally, all service and distribution panel breakers will be evaluated using an infrared thermometer.
Plumbing – The condition of water supply and waste removal systems, including evidence of leaks, proper venting, etc. All operational water fixtures and drains will be operated and inspected. Numerous fixtures will be run at once to test for proper water pressure and drainage from the sewer line.
Heating – Operational check and visual inspection of the primary heating system, including duct work, radiators and pipes (for boiler systems), and a test for carbon monoxide to verify the condition of the heat exchanger for forced air or gravity systems.
Air Conditioning – Operational check and visual inspection of the central AC system (weather permitting – the outside temperature must be above 65 degrees).
Exterior – Porches, decks, and railings, grounds (including grading, drainage, etc.), masonry and siding, fascia, trim, eaves, soffits, sidewalks, driveway, windows, doors.
Roof – Covering material, sheathing, gutters, downspouts, flashings.
Interior – Cracks, water stains, fit of windows and doors, level and structural condition of walls and floors.
Garages / Out-buildings – Structural condition, roof, floor, doors, windows, electrical, automatic door openers, miscellaneous features.