Full Home Inspection
A Full Home Inspection Will Prevent Surprises
Full Home Inspection Services: As the Buyer of a home you want to know about all the systems in the home so there are no surprises.
We can prevent surprises by doing a thorough examination of all the systems in the home. Your pre-purchase home inspection will include the Exterior, Roof, Structural, Interior, HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems. The following are brief descriptions of each of these areas. This is not an all inclusive list as the actual inspection of your home will take a few hours to do.
We take a look at your siding or stucco, trim work, flashings, paint, porches, windows and exterior doors. These areas are examined for possible water intrusion points. The property is also checked for proper drainage.
Here we are looking for signs of deterioration such as loose or missing tabs on shingles, curling tips on shingles, warped decking or signs of leaks. Chimneys, skylights, and vents are notorious for water intrusion. Defects found in the roof system should be repaired immediately as small issues always lead to major repairs if left unattended.
Structural Components and Outbuildings
Outbuildings, screen enclosures, foundations, walls, attics, carports and pools are inspected for defects and function.
Appliances, interior doors, window operation, ceilings, flooring, railings and fixtures are inspected for damage and proper function.
Ventilation and Insulation
Attics, walls and crawl spaces need to be properly ventilated and insulated. Most people think of insulation to improve energy efficiency but many homes can greatly improve their energy efficiency by adding proper ventilation in unconditioned spaces. Ventilation is often overlooked.
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
We examine the cooling equipment and controls for proper operations. We also look at the heating, piping, fuel supply, duct work, chimneys and flues, fireplace damper doors and safety controls.
Unlike many Home Inspection Services we actually open the electrical panel to look for defects. Quite often we find work done by amateurs with double taps, over-sized main breakers and undersized wiring. This also gives us the opportunity to check for aluminum branch wiring and electrical panels that your insurance company may not accept. These areas are very dangerous. Please do not ever open a panel unless you are a trained professional.
We check for leaks and evidence of previous leaks at values, supply lines, drain lines, sinks, faucets and water heaters. The plubbing is of great concern due to the amount of damage that is done by water. Insurance companies will want to know the plumbing type and age before they will even consider binding insurance. For most of the insurance companies polybutylene plumbing is un-insurable. Insurance for.