What We Inspect
Making a major purchase such as a house requires a dedicated team. Besides your real estate professional and lender, a home inspector is critical to helping make sure you are covered. Call you to discuss any questions or concerns – but at the minimum expect the below…
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has a Standards of Practice page that outlines minimum and uniform standards that you should expect from an inspection. They include the following:
- Structural elements.Construction of visible foundation; evidence of sagging or bowing of the structure; and window alignment.
- Leaks from septic tank; proper drainage; and condition of driveways, fences, and sidewalks.
- Roof. Condition of shingles; any repairs/patches to flat roofs; clear vents; damage to chimneys; and properly working gutters.
- Exterior surfaces. Correct clearance between ground and siding material; condition of exterior paint or siding; and properly working lights and electrical outlets.
- Attic. Sufficient insulation; proper ventilation; and any sign of leaking or water damage.
- Interior plumbing. No damaged or leaking pipes; proper hot water temperature; and functioning toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers.
- Electrical system. Up-to-code condition and type of visible wiring, and proper function of circuit breakers, outlets, light fixtures, and fans.
- Appliances. Proper function of stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer, and all other appliances.
- Heating and cooling systems. Condition of furnace, air conditioning (temperature permitting), water heater, chimney, and fireplace.
- Basement. Solid foundation, walls, and floors, with no signs of water intrusion or damage.
- Garage. Solid foundation, windows, ceiling, framing, and roof; working garage door opener; up-to-code electrical system; and proper function of outlets.