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What is a home inspection?
A thorough home inspection performed by a professional is designed to provide you with vital information to help you make an informed decision about your potential purchase. A home inspection is a visual inspection of the exterior, structure, roof, garage, attic, basement/crawlspace, plumbing, electrical. HVAC and interior rooms of a home. It will include an evaluation of the installed & readily accessible components of the home. You will be able to walk away from the inspection knowing, in a clear way, what the immediate and major issues are (if any), and what items will need repair and/or maintenance in the near term.
WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION PERFORMED BY ALL IN ONE PROPERTY INSPECTIONS INCLUDE?
Exterior: Exterior walls, windows, doors and roof are inspected to be sure all components are in good working order. Deficient areas will be identified and solutions will be presented to bring the deficiency up to acceptable standards. Basic and future maintenance areas will be pinpointed requiring immediate and periodic maintenance.
Grounds: A thorough check of the property will be performed to uncover any potential issues relating to grading, sidewalks, driveways, decks, patios, overhead utilities and retaining wall systems.
Interior: Walls, ceilings, and floors are analyzed for clues of structural issues, unusual setting and water leaks. Doors, windows, cabinets and closet shelf systems are inspected to ensure proper installation. Stairways are checked to ensure uniform rise and run and secure railings.
Electrical: The electrical system is examined from point of entrance to the outlets and switches. The electric service panel is checked to ensure correct wiring practices have been followed. Outlets and switches are tested in each room for correct wiring and operation. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets and Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) breakers are also tested for proper and safe operation.
Plumbing: We will identify the types of supply and waste piping throughout the house and check for areas of potential problems. Inspection of the operation of all faucets, sinks, tubs, showers and toilets will also be performed. We evaluate drainage lines for leaks and proper drainage in sinks, tubs/showers and toilets. The water heater is also examined for proper installation and operation.
Heating and Air Conditioning: An inspection of the furnace and air conditioning units are performed to ensure that they are in good repair and are operating correctly. The distribution system is checked to ensure proper air flow is available in each room. Gas line connections and gas appliances are tested for leaks.
Foundation and Structure: The foundation is analyzed to determine if there is irregular settling, bowing or cracking the wall surfaces. Floor and wall structural systems are inspected to ensure there are no deficiencies.
Roof: The Shingles, flashing, vents, chimneys and gutters are examined to ensure proper installation and wear.
Testing: Upon request, we can perform Radon tests