The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is the benchmark of the Home Inspection Industry. The Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics established by InterNACHI and adhered to by its members, ensure you will receive the best the industry has to offer.

What we Inspect

All of the following accessible components are checked and/or operated whenever possible.**

  • Roof structure and shingles (or other covering), flashings and penetrations
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Gutters and downspouts for security and effectiveness
  • Building site slope and drainage
  • Condition of walkways and driveways
  • Structural integrity including foundation, floor joists, beams and columns, walls and stairs
  • Electrical system from supply to fixtures, switches and receptacles
  • Plumbing system with emphasis on signs of leaks, both past and present
  • Natural gas (or similar) supply and distribution
  • Heating, cooling and other mechanical systems
  • Interior floors, walls, ceilings, windows and doors
  • Decks and patios or porches
  • Garage, especially safety features of automatic doors, gas proofing and firewall integrity on attached units.

 

What it Means
 
First of all, you want assurance that the home is structurally sound. Foundation and basic structural failures are the most difficult and costly to repair.
 
Next, it is very important that the exterior covering is capable of protecting the structure and interior from the elements, especially water. When water id shed from the home, the site slope and drainage capability must be sufficient to keep water from 'pooling' close to the building.
 
Water must be kept from entering the home, and at the same time, excess humidity from showers, laundry and cooking must have an exit via exhaust fans or ventilation systems. Condensation can form on cold water pipes and air conditioning refrigerant lines and then drip on vulnerable materials. These lines can be insulated to prevent condensation.
 
Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas are especially vulnerable, and are checked carefully to ensure proper sealant (caulking) exists and is not deteriorated or loose. Caulking in poor condition will allow water into hidden areas where it promotes mold growth and deterioration of wood and other materials.
 
Comfort, convenience and efficiency are provided through the heating, cooling, electrical and fueling systems in combination with the quality of construction. An inspection will reveal the age and condition of major components, and allow planning for replacement over time.
 
In short, the inspector checks many things often not thought about by the buyer or seller.
 
 
 
 

Your Inspection Report

After completion of the inspection, you will be taken on a tour of the property and given a verbal report of findings. Following that a comprehensive report including pictures portraying any defects, location of master valves and switches, areas to be monitored, etc. will be prepared and delivered to you via email.

Along with the report will be recommendations for dealing with any issues found, and other recommendations for routine maintenance and monitoring of your property to help ensure continued efficiency, value and comfort.

 

**in accordance with InterNACHI Standards of Practice

 

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