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. Bear in mind that the inspection is visual, if defects are hidden in walls, under floors, behind storage etc, a defect may not be identified in the inspection.
A WETT inspection involves an inspection of the visible components of wood burning appliances such as open fireplaces or wood stoves. While a regular home inspection would include a general inspection of these items, a WETT inspections goes more in depth to include proper clearances to combustibles, proper hearth and ember pad materials etc. Level 1 WETT Inspections are required by most insurance companies before they will offer you coverage.
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.
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.
We inspect floors, ceilings, and walls for water damage or sagging. Staircases and railings are checked, kitchen cupboards are checked, doors and windows are inspected also. The home ventilation, whether it be an air exchanger, or kitchen and bathroom fans are also inspected.
A properly functioning electrical system is crucial for safety, and to avoid house fires. We inspect 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.
The furnace or other source of heat, is inspected and tested for problems or defects, including signs of overheating. The visible duct work running through the house is also inspected.
We flush toilets and run 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 inspected 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.