A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation. The general inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. It is important to note that the inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions. The general home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.
To read more about the scope and limitations of a home inspection, refer to this article from interNACHI.
Will I receive an inspection report?
When the inspection report has been completed, you will receive a formal and comprehensive written report within 24 hours detailing the areas covered during the inspection.
How long does an inspection take?
Generally, an inspection lasts approximately 2 hours, depending upon the size, age, and condition of the property.
What does an inspection cover?
interior & exterior walls, windows, & doors
Exterior siding materials, overall structure, attachments, decks, porches, windows, doors, sashes and lintels, vents, entryways, and other visible exterior related components.
Furnace, air cleaning parts, visible duct work, air conditioner and lines, and other visible related HVAC components.
Foundation, insulation, ventilation, posts, vapor barriers, utility attachment, structural items, floors and walls, and columns.
Chimney,visible chimney connection, inlet, footing, clearance, framing, flue, lining, vent terminations, crown, cap, damper, smoke shelf, smoke chamber, ash dump, hearth and other applicable and related fireplace components.
roof & attic
Roof shingles, flashing, chimneys, vents, trim and gutters, drip edges, skylights, downspouts, and other visible roof related items. Attic insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists and collar ties, trusses, wiring attachments, and other visible related items.
Service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components
Water pressure, water distribution system, hose bibs, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets, sanitary system, and other visible plumbing system components.