What I Do
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I perform inspections according to InterNachi standards of practice.  The software I use is the best in the business.   It’s very easy to follow and will include pictures of any defects I find.  I may even include video in the report for places you won’t be able to see such as the crawlspace.   Along with the report, you will receive the book “Now That You’ve Had a Home Inspection”.  The book will help you going forward understanding your house and the maintenance it requires.

This is a visual inspection for function and safety.  Home Inspectors are generalists so we need to know about all systems of the house and know when to recommend a specialist for further evaluation.  I try to examine everything in the standards of practice that is accessible and report on any defects that are observed and deemed material. A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. 

I want to get to know you so that I can tailor the inspection more to your needs.  For example, a young couple with kids may be more concerned with a missing electrical cover or wide spacing between rail balusters where an infant could become injured.  An elderly couple may be more concerned about stairs without proper hand rails.  Each are valid concerns but viewed differently by different people.

I inspect the following items:

  • Roofing – I walk the roof when possible inspecting roof coverings, penetrations, chimney, flashings, gutters, and downspouts.
  • The Exterior – I walk the exterior and inspect the siding, windows, doors, trim, walkways and driveways, steps, porches, patios, decks, balconies, as well as vegetation and surface drainage.
  • Chimney and fireplace:  I look for a functioning damper, proper brick and mortar, chimney cap and wash.
  • The Attic -  I inspect the attic structure, roof sheathing, ventilation, insulation, and evidence of rodents.
  • Air Conditioning and Heating – I operate the system using normal controls.  I visually inspect the system for wear and any evidence of water in the drip pan.  I also identify the age of the equipment when possible to determine if it’s near the end of its service life.  For combustion heaters, proper venting and adequate supply air is inspected.
  • Plumbing – I try to determine the type of plumbing in the house that is visible.  I check the water heater, run the shower and faucets, and flush the toilets.  I look for leaks and slow drains.  I report on any plumbing that is problematic such as polybutylene piping which is known to leak.  The water heater is inspected and aged when possible to determine if it’s near the end of its service life.   The water heater connections and venting are inspected along with the existence of a proper safety valve.
  • Electrical – I check the service entrance cables including the weatherhead (if present).  The electrical panel is inspected for messy wiring, improper wiring, aluminum wiring, “double-taps”, proper grounding, breaker issues, and overheated or damaged wiring.  Inside, the accessible outlets are tested along with lighting and ceiling fans.
  • Interior – I check wall structures, ceilings, doors, windows, stairways and railings.
  • Crawlspace – If there is a safe, accessible crawlspace, I’ll go in there.  I can look for the presence of moisture and a proper vapor barrier, inspect the foundation structure, floor structure, plumbing and leaks.