A general building inspection typically takes 2 – 4 hours to perform depending on size and condition of home. Inspections meet or exceed the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors. After the inspection is complete, a summary of the inspection findings is provided. The major components of the inspection process include but are not limited to:
The type of roof covering and number of roof layers is identified. The roof covering is examined for deterioration, proper installation, and signs of leakage. The condition of gutters, downspouts, flashing, and chimneys are also inspected.
The condition of the siding, windows, doors, and associated components are inspected. The construction and condition of decks are inspected. Fungal rot and conditions which could cause water intrusion into the structure are also noted.
Grounds & Drainage
The site adjacent to the structure is evaluated for proper slope and drainage. The condition of the driveway, walks, steps, and porches are evaluated. Retaining walls and vegetation are inspected as they directly affect the structure.
Heating & Cooling
The heating and/or cooling system is checked for proper installation. The system is run through a normal cycle to check its operation. The visible condition of the heat distribution system is inspected.
The type of water supply and drain piping are identified. The systems are checked for signs of leakage, water supply flow, and drainage flow. The condition and installation of the water heater is inspected.
The electrical panel is checked for power adequacy, proper wiring connections, etc. The visible circuit wiring is also checked for unsafe or defective electrical installations, e.g., exposed connections, open junction boxes, extension cords being used for permanent wiring.
Kitchen & Laundry
The condition of flooring, cabinets, electrical, and plumbing fixtures are inspected. Signs of water leakage are reported. The appliances are also tested for operation.
The condition of flooring, cabinets, electrical, and plumbing fixtures are inspected. The condition of the shower surround is inspected. Signs of rot and water damage are reported.
The condition of walls, ceilings, and flooring are inspected. The operation of the electrical fixtures is inspected.
The foundation and wood structure is inspected. The operation of the electrical fixtures is checked. The operation of the overhead doors and openers is inspected. The existence and condition of a fire separation wall is reported.
The visible wood structure in these areas is examined for rot and adequacy of construction. The attic is also checked for signs of roof leakage. The type of insulation is reported. Accessible areas are traversed and inspected.
Basement & Crawl Spaces
The foundation is inspected for evidence of damage, deterioration, and settling. These areas are inspected for signs of standing water and water leakage. The visible wood structure is examined for rot, insect damage, and adequacy of construction. All accessible areas are traversed and inspected.