Home Inspection Services
All home inspections, whether they are a pre-listing inspection or a pre-closing inspection, are conducted using the American Society of Home Inspector (ASHI®) Standards of Practice. A home inspection is a visual examination of the following systems and components:
- Structure – including foundation and framing, and checking for deterioration.
- Exterior – including siding, doors, decks, balconies, porches, steps and railings, eaves, soffits, facia, grading and vegetation (that may affect the building), and walkways, patios and driveways.
- Roofing – including roofing materials, roof penetrations, flashing, gutters and downspouts, chimneys and skylights.
- Plumbing – including water supply and distribution systems, fixtures and faucets, drain, waste and vent systems, hot water supply system, fuel storage and distribution systems, flues and chimneys, and sumps and sump pumps.
- Electrical – including service drop, conductor and cables, main disconnects and service equipment, grounding, interior of service panels and sub panels, overcurrent devices, ground fault circuit interrupters, and a representative number of light fixtures, switches and receptacles.
- Heating – including installed heating equipment, vent systems, flues and chimneys. All readily openable access panels will be opened and interiors of systems inspected.
- Air Conditioning – including central and through-wall units, and the distribution system.
- Interiors – including walls, ceilings, floors, steps, stairways, railings, counter tops, garage doors and garage door openers and a representative number of cabinets, doors and windows.
- Insulation and Ventilation – including the type and amount of insulation, ventilation of attics and unfinished areas, and any installed mechanical ventilation systems.
- Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Devices – including all chimneys, vents and system components.
In addition to the ASHI standards we provide a free check of all accessible gas lines for leaks, and will check all appliances that will be staying with the home, including ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and refrigerators.
We will provide you with a detailed, computerized report with photos, delivered to you by email (pdf file) by the end of the inspection day (sometimes sooner).
We will point out all major and minor deficiencies, including any safety hazards, and explain them to you, so you may have a complete understanding of the home and its condition.
Should you attend?
We highly recommend that all clients attend the home inspection. During the inspection you are encouraged to ask questions. You will learn where to find important components of your home, such as electric, water and gas shutoffs. We will show you how to access and operate all the major heating and cooling systems. It’s not just an inspection; it’s an education.
Call, text or schedule your home inspection today!
Home Inspection fees are based on the size and age of the home and start at $275 for condos and $300 for newer single family homes up to 3,000 square feet. Call today for a quote. We do not charge additional amounts for crawl spaces, but other charges may apply (such as detached buildings).
We accept all major credit cards, cash and checks, due at the end of the inspection.
At this time we do not offer testing for mold, radon, wood destroying insects, asbestos, lead-based paint or water quality. If evidence of mold or wood destroying insects is suspected at the time of inspection, we will help you find a specialist to advise you on the proper course of action.