Your Home Inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of a house. It provides an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house. A professional home inspection report can give you peace of mind on what will likely be the largest purchase you will make in your lifetime.
In order to prepare the report, an inspector must conduct a visual inspection of the house. The inspection process typically takes about 1-1.5 hours per 1,000 square feet (on site) to complete. This of course may vary, according to the size and condition of the home and if it is vacant or occupied. We strongly encourage you to attend the end of the inspection. This will give you a chance to do a walk-through with the Home Inspector, ask questions and become familiar with the systems of the home. We will point out potential issues and concerns that will be addressed in the property inspection report.
We will inspect all the structural elements and systems of the home. Items that will typically be included in a Home Inspection are:
- Grading, Drainage, Gutters
- Roof Covering and Structure
- Crawl Space
- Walls: Exterior and Interior
- Ceilings and Floors
- Doors: Exterior and Interior
- Attached Garage, Carport, Porch, Deck
- Garage Door and Operator
- Electrical System
- Heating and Cooling System(s)
- Vents and Air Ducts
- Water Heaters
- Fireplace and Chimney (what is Visible - items that cannot be seen readily seen ie. fireplace flues - are not covered by the SOP in a property inspection).
- Major Built-in Appliances
- Pool and Spa (Not Covered Under SOP - however, we take a courtesy look at the decking, pump and electrical. You will need to contact a pool company to check the pool, test for leaks and chemicals.)
- Outbuildings (Attached are covered under SOP - we take a courtesy look at small outbuildings. If they have electrical and/or plumbing there is a small fee added on to the Home Inspection charge.)
Additional items and systems unique to a particular home can also be inspected.
When the inspection is complete, we'll inform you of any problems that were discovered and discuss them with you. We will also tell you about any routine maintenance that should be performed, as well as answer any questions you may have.
Typically you will receive a full written report of the inspection by 8:00 a.m. the morning following the inspection. This report will include digital images of problem areas with arrows indicating specific points of interest as well as some thermal imaging pictures that provide valuable information to you. It will also include some overall images of the home just to serve as a reference.
A full property inspection report may be anywhere from 20-40 pages long depending on the issues and concerns discovered during your inspection. It is a custom, property specific report that Tom designed and created himself, and it is ever evolving as he makes changes and updates to his report template. We also include at the end, a Summary Page of the items of most concern in the opinion of the inspector. We do encourage you to read the entire report as there may be other things you wish to include for your repairs addendum. The items on the summary page are broken down in a list by: interior, exterior, roof, plumbing, electrical, mold/moisture issues and miscellaneous.
This report can then be (a) e-mailed directly to you (b) picked up by you at our office (c) mailed to you in printed form through the postal service.
Payment is expected before the inspection report is released.
We accept CHECK, CASH, VISA, MASTER CARD & DISCOVER.