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Inspection Expectations

Up to this point, your home-buying decisions have probably had very little to do with the mechanical aspects of the property. The home inspection will help familiarize you with those systems and identify major issues. The main goal of every home inspection is to find those conditions that may have an impact on your personal safety or that could involve large repair costs.

Attending the inspection is strongly advised so that you can take the opportunity to ask questions and see first hand the inspector’s findings. This is your chance to familiarize yourself with some of the house’s features, shut-off locations, etc. If you can’t attend, our reports have detailed explanations and pictures to help guide you through the process. Whether you attend or not, our inspectors are always happy to answer any questions you may have after the report is issued.

What will the inspector check?

--The grounds including driveway, sidewalks, patios, decks, fences & gates

--The exterior including siding, trim, chimneys, exterior steps

--The structure including the foundation, attic space, framing, grading, drainage

--The roof including roof material, flashing detail, skylights

--The electrical including main panel, sub-panels, outlets, switches, light fixtures, ceiling fans, smoke detectors, central vacuum

--The heating and cooling including furnace/air handler, burners, blower, A/C condenser, condensation drainage, refrigerant lines

--The plumbing including main shut-off, supply and drain piping, water heater, gas piping, hose faucets

--The bathrooms including sinks, showers, bathtubs, exhaust fans

--The kitchen and laundry including sinks, garbage disposal, cooking appliances, range hood, washer/dryer hookups

--The interior including walls/ceilings, doors, windows, fireplace, stairs

--The garage including walls/ceilings, doors, firewall, overhead door, garage door opener

--The pool including surface, pumps, above-ground piping and valves, controls, heaters

--If a wood-destroying organism inspection is ordered, we will check for termites, conditions conducive for termites, and any indication of fungi that may be attacking wood.

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