Why Do I need an Inspection?

An inspection is a comprehensive look at every major system of the biggest investment of your life. Many problems can be overlooked or ignored for years; but with the help of a knowledgable inspector, many can be fixed quickly, often for minimal cost. ..........


My Inspections

My standard inspection service includes more than the competition. Not only does my unique report make conveying problems to your attorney easier, I carry several specialized instruments that I utilize as needed during the inspection. For instance, besides a combustible gas detector, I carry two types of moisture meters to help determine if a visible water stain is currently damp.

Ideally, we can schedule your home inspection so you can join me at the property…however, that is not always possible. An inspector who accommodates your schedule by starting the inspection late in the day, will do the job, but they may NOT be doing you a favor. I will not inspect in the dark or start late in the day (usually past about 3). When starting after 2 I ask that you show up as soon as possible. That way I can point out home deficiencies, positive features and specific home maintenance. As a lifelong “morning person”, I am more efficient when starting at 7:30 than at 3:30 J.

I am more than glad to take time to explain my findings. Your report will be of questionable value if you don’t understand the significance of what I have found. The best way to convey that information is live, during the inspection.

You will receive your home inspection report via email (usually) including annotated pictures within 24 hours (usually that evening).

Areas that will be Inspected:

  1. General Information
    • Environmental conditions
    • Home orientation and size
    • Status of utilities
  2. Lots and Grounds Inspection
    • Grading and drainage
    • Vegetation
    • Decks and balconies
    • Retaining walls
  3. Exterior Surfaces and Components Inspection
    • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
    • Eves, soffit and fascia
  4. Roof Inspection
    • Roof covering, vents, flashings, and trim
    • Gutters and Downspouts
    • Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations
  5. Garage/Carport Inspection
    • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
    • Garage Electrical Systems
  6. Electrical System Inspection
    • Service Entrance cable and meter box
    • Main disconnect and service amperage
    • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
    • Grounding and bonding
    • GFCI's and AFCI's
  7. Structure and Foundation Inspection
    • Foundation movement
    • Visible floor trusses
    • Girders and support posts
  8. Attic Inspection
    • Insulation and ventilation
    • Moisture penetration
    • Roof structure
  9. Basement Inspection
    • Visible water penetration
    • Sump pumps with accessible floats
    • Electrical safety
  10. Crawl Space Inspection
    • Water Penetration
    • Vapor Barrier
    • Insulation
    • Electrical safety
  11. Air Conditioning Inspection (Weather Permitting)
    • Service Disconnect
    • Temperature drop
    • Condensation drainage
  12. Fireplace/Wood Stove Inspection
    • Fireplace damper door and hearth
    • Gas fireplace operation
    • Visible exhaust
  13. Heating System Inspection
    • Carbon Monoxide detection
    • Combustible Gas Leak Detection
    • Filtration system
    • Humidifier (if present)
  14. Plumbing System Inspection
    • Main water shut-off
    • Water heating system
    • Water heater operation and safety controls
  15. Bathroom Inspection
    • Faucet, fixtures
    • Visible drain pipes
    • Tub, surround
    • Toilet operation
  16. Kitchen Inspection
    • Visible drains
    • Visible water penetration
    • Dishwasher operation and Air Gap
    • GFCI's (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters)
  17. Bedroom Inspection
    • Window and door operation
    • Electrical safety
    • HVAC system
  18. Living Space Inspection
    • Window and door operation
    • Electrical safety
    • HVAC system
  19. Laundry Room Inspection
    • Visible water penetration
    • Hoses, fixtures, laundry tub
    • Floor drains