INSPECTION DAY

Plan on two to three hours for an inspection.

An inspection generally starts from the outside. We check:

  • Siding, roof

  • Chimney

  • Flashing

  • Gutters

  • Soil slope

  • Nearness of vegetation to house

  • Driveway

  • Sidewalk.

This is the first part of understanding the condition of your house (clue: water penetration can lead to a cascade of problems on the inside).

Inside the house we inspect in two parts: the house infrastructure for example:

  • Walls

  • Floors

  • Staircases

  • Windows

  • Doors

  • Foundation

  • Attic

  • Insulation if exposed

And the systems that you need for everyday living  for example

  • Heating (boiler, furnace, less common is the heat pump, and it’s distribution system i.e. radiators, air vents

  • Air conditioning 

  • Plumbing and plumbing fixtures

  • Electrical (panel and outlets, wiring if exposed)

  • Fire place

  • Permanent kitchen appliances (refrigerator, stove, oven, garbage disposal) and cabinets and drawers. Are these important parts of your house in good shape or at the end of their service life; that is what we will attempt to answer.

 

After the inspection we will discuss your concerns about the inspection results and within 48 hours you will have your full home inspection emailed to you as an attachment.

If this is YOUR HOUSE, congratulations and good luck. Remember, a happy house is a well maintained house. A couple of dollars spent on maintenance (Tip: don’t forget to change the air filter on the HVAC system) will save you thousands later. Otherwise you might need a new HVAC unit and will have to clean the dirt and mold from all the ducts.

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