What to expect from your home inspection?

Whether you are buying, selling, or curious about the state of your home, a home inspection gives you peace of mind by helping you identify what needs to be addressed in the short term, and down the road.

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It’s like having a playbook for your property; with projects, timelines, tips and considerations.

Expect about 2.5 hours for a standard home inspection. Of course, that will depend on what’s uncovered, what the customer wants to know during the site tour, and even whether the homeowner has done their best to provide access to the points of inspection. We highly recommend that the customer attend the inspection if possible, because nothing is better than seeing firsthand what will later be written in the report, and we know there’s a lot to absorb. During the COVID-19 pandemic, close contact is not advisable; however, we will do our best to help you see and understand each of our findings.

A complete inspection should be performed by a licensed inspector, who will arrive on location with everything required to gain access and perform recommended tests. The inspection should include the following:

Exterior

  • Property grading, fences, walkways, driveways, decks and patios, gates, vegetation, and retaining walls

  • Roof, chimneys, flashing, roof drainage and venting systems

  • Exterior finishes

  • Doors and windows

Interior

  • Ceilings, walls and floors

  • Steps, stairways, balconies and railings

  • Cabinets and counters

  • Doors and windows

 

Structural Components

  • Foundations, basements and crawlspaces

  • Walls, floors, columns/piers, ceilings, roof structure and attic

Insulation and Ventilation

  • Attic, wall and floor insulation

  • Attic, dryer, kitchen and bathroom ventilation

 

Plumbing System

  • Drain, waste and vent systems

  • Water supply, distribution systems and fixtures

  • Hot water systems

  • Fuel storage and distribution

Heating/Cooling Systems

  • Furnace/heating unit and exhaust systems

  • AC unit

  • Fireplaces

  • Space heaters

  • In-floor radiant heat systems

 

Electrical System

  • Service and grounding equipment, main panel

  • Branch circuit and over-current devices

  • Connected devices and fixtures

Appliances

Your inspector will identify issues and provide perspective on which issues are of real concern, and which can be addressed at relatively low cost. In fact, professional advice is one of the key benefits of getting a home inspection. It’s like having a playbook for your property; with projects, timelines, tips and considerations. A home inspection tells you more about a home than you can think to ask, and that adds up to peace of mind.

What to expect from your home inspection?