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Home Inspection Checklist

Here is what we cover when we do a home inspection for you:

  • Roof: 
    Shingles, flashings, chimneys, vents, trim and gutters, drip edges, skylights, downspouts, and other visible roof related items.
  • Attics: 
    Insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists and collar ties, trusses, wiring attachments, and other visible related items.
  • Plumbing and Fixtures: 
    Water pressure, water distribution system, hose bibs, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets, sanitary system, and other plumbing system components.
  • Interior: 
    Floors and ceilings, walls, stairs (if applicable) and banisters, finishes, sinks, cabinets, shelving, built-in appliances, smoke detectors and safety-related items, and other visible interior-related components.
  • Heating and Cooling Systems:
    Furnace, air cleaning parts, ductwork, electronic monoxide testing, electric gas sniffer testing, air conditioner and lines, and other visible related HVAC components.
  • Electrical Systems:
    Service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components.
  • Basements, Crawl Spaces, and Foundation: 
    Insulation, ventilation, posts, vapor barriers, utility attachment, structural items, floors and walls, and columns.
  • Exterior: 
    Siding materials, attachments, windows, doors, sashes and lintels, vents, entryways, and other visible exterior related components.
  • Decks and Porches
  • Fireplaces
  • Overall Structure

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Hazardous materials are beyond the scope of this inspection report.

CODE COMPLIANCE
Our inspections are one of “serviceability”, NOT Code Compliance. By necessity, our Inspection deals with existing structures, which may have older types of wiring, plumbing, heating, etc. As an illustration, most local codes require ground fault interrupter circuits, insulation in the exterior walls, anchor bolts, and dozens of other items, which have not always been included in the building codes. These installations can be “serviceable”, even though they do not meet current codes, (or may not be desirable for current life styles).

The desirability of owning an older home design is a matter of taste and is the decision of the buyer. THE CONTENT OF OUR REPORT EXPLICITLY EXCLUDES COMMENTING ON “DESIRABILITY”.