BUYERS: A General Inspection is a visual inspection for system and major accessible component defects and safety issues. The inspection is not technically exhaustive. The home inspection is designed to reflect the visible condition of the home at the time of inspection. Conditions can change in a only a day or two, so a home inspection is not meant to guarantee what condition the home will be in when the transaction closes. It's not uncommon for conditions to change between the time of inspection and the closing date.
SELLERS: A pre-listing inspection is a great way to avoid headaches and potential road blocks in your selling process. It is not uncommon for a home inspector to discover defects that the homeowner was completely unaware of. A pre listing inspection will help you prepare well in advance instead of in the final hours at the negotiation table.
The inspector will inspect the roof covering materials, the gutters and downspouts, vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and the general structure of the roof. The inspector will report any observed indication of active roof leaks.
The inspector will inspect the foundation, basement, crawlspace, and structural components. The inspector will report on any observed indication of active water penetration, indications of possible foundation movement, and structural safety concerns if any.
The inspector will inspect the exterior wall covering materials, the eaves, soffits and fascia, a representative number of windows, all exterior doors, flashing and trim, adjacent walkways and driveways, stairs, porches, patios, decks, railings and guardrails.
The inspector will inspect the heating and cooling systems using normal operating controls and will report any system that does not operate or deemed inaccesible. The inspector will inspect the vent systems, flues, fireplaces, and chimneys.
The inspector will inspect the interior water supply and distribution systems including fixtures and faucets, interior drain, waste, and vent systems, water heating equipment, and sump pumps.
The inspector will inspect the service drop, service entrance conductors, cables and raceways, service equipment, main disconnect, service grounding, service panels and sub panels, conductors, overcurrent protection, a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles, GFCI and AFCI receptacles.
The inspector will inspect the walls, ceilings, floors, steps, railings, countertops, cabinets, a representative number of doors and windows, garage vehicle doors and openers, installed appliances using normal operating controls.