What We Inspect

This is a general list of what we inspect during the Home Inspection. This list does not cover everything inspected, as the list would go on for pages.  Also, since each home is different, our inspection of your home will include items not shown on this list.  Everything  inspected will, of course, be shown on your report however.

The roof inspection not only checks the condition of the roof coverings like shingles, it includes an evaluation of its drainage system and whether the drainage is well away from the foundations.  The roof is inspected for aging and weathering, and for any signs of leaking.

We inspect the structural supports of the attic to ensure there is no damage or bowing.  The insulation is checked to determine its R-Value, and for any signs of moisture or leaks from the roof.  The roof vents are checked to ensure the attic has proper ventilation, which is a crucial component to avoid "roof destroying" ice dams in winter.

Home Exterior
We inspect exterior siding and attached porches, balconies, and decks to determine that they are strong and safe. We inspect driveways, sidewalks, soffits and fascia.  The lot slope is also inspected to determine whether rain water drains against the foundations or away from it.

Home Interior
We inspect floors, ceilings, and walls for water damage or sagging. Staircases and railings are checked, kitchen cupboards are checked, doors and windows are examined.  The home ventilation, whether it be an air exchanger, or kitchen and bathroom fans are also examined.

Electrical System
A properly functioning electrical system is crucial for safety, and to avoid house fires.  We examine the electrical service panel for damage and for signs of wires overheating.  We check switches and electrical outlets for signs of overheating and proper grounding. 

Heating System
The furnace or other source of heat, is examined and tested for problems or defects, including signs of overheating.  The visible duct work running through the house is also examined.

Interior Plumbing
We flush toilets and run all faucets, checking for leaks from the fixtures, sinks and the plumbing pipes underneath.  We check the water pressure to ensure its adequate. Drainage pipes, water supply pipes, visible toilet stacks and water heaters are all examined for problems. 

Air Conditioning System
The air conditioning is inspected to ensure all the seals and lines work properly and are not leaking.  It is checked to ensure it has been properly maintained, is clear of debris and, weather permitting, is turned on to ensure it operates properly.