Home Inspection Services
Exterior Drainage & Grading Inspection
This is an important part of a home inspection, as water is a home’s “worst enemy”. I am also inspecting the gutters and downspouts to ensure that they are taking the water far enough away from the structure.
House Exterior & Structural Inspection
I’m checking the walls/siding, fascias, rake boards, soffits and windows. I’m also checking the structural integrity of the building.
Porch, Deck and Balcony Inspection
Inspecting for structural integrity and safety. Inspecting underneath, as well (if possible).
Roof, Flashing, & Chimney Inspection
Checking the condition of the roofing material (ie: shingles, etc.). Also inspecting vent pipes, exhaust vents and skylights.
Ensuring structural integrity of the roof. Making sure the attic is properly vented. Checking for signs of water penetration. Inspecting chimney (if present) and making sure there is an adequate amount of insulation.
Walls, Floors, Ceilings, Doors & Windows Inspection
The State regulations only require that we inspect/operate one door and one window per room. I inspect ALL doors, as well as ALL windows (that are easily accessible).
I inspect and operate all permanently installed cooking appliances, dishwashers, garbage disposals and trash compactors. I also inspect the sink/plumbing.
Inspect and operate all toilets, sinks, tubs and showers, checking for leaks and proper functionality. Also inspect any exhaust fans.
Ensuring structural integrity, Also looking for signs of water penetration, Bulkheads are inspected, as well.
Heating System Inspection
Inspect and operate all boilers, furnaces and air handlers. Making sure each room has a heat source. Inspection of oil tanks is not mandated by the State but they are certainly included in my home inspection.
Cooling System Inspection (weather-permitting)
Inspect and operate all cooling systems (ie: condensors, compressors, evaporator coils, heat pumps, etc.).
Plumbing System Inspection
Inspect and operate all plumbing fixtures. Looking for leaks in supply and drainage pipes. Also ensuring there are no clogged pipes (backups). Water heaters are inspected, as well.
Electrical System Inspection
Extremely important part of a home inspection from a cost standpoint, as well as safety. Inspecting all electrical panels. Ensuring proper grounding of electrical system. Inspecting all visible branch wiring throughout the building for loose and/or exposed wires. The State regulations only require us to check one outlet per room. I go way beyond that.
I am actually looking for any kind of insect damage (ie: termite, carpenter ant, etc.) My 7 years (previous) experience as an exterminator along with my 26 years experience as a home inspector simply cannot be matched. If you know of someone that has more combined experience than me in each of these two fields (and can prove it) then I will gladly remove this claim.
Water Analysis (add’l fee)
This test is highly recommended for any house with well water. I can test for up to 26 items in
the water (ie: radon, bacteria, lead, iron, etc.).
Radon Testing (add’l fee)
If there is a finished basement or if you plan on finishing it, then this test is highly recommended. There are also other situations that would constitute performing a radon test.