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  • Fay Bush posted an update 1 month ago

    A home home inspection Inspection is an evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components of a home (plumbing, heating and cooling, electrical, structure, roof, etc.) and is intended to give the client (buyer, seller, or homeowner) a better understanding of the home’s general condition. A home inspector, therefore, cannot not pass or fail a house. The inspector will objectively describe the home’s physical condition and indicate which items are in need of repair or replacement.What is included in the inspection?The following list is not exhaustive. Not all of these may be in the inspection you get, but the inspector will be following a standardized checklist for the home:· Site drainage and grading· Driveway· Entry Steps, handrails· Decks· Masonry· Landscape (as it relates to the home)· Retaining walls· Roofing, flashings, chimneys, and attic· Eaves, soffits, and fascias· Walls, doors, windows, patios, walkways· Foundation, basement, and crawlspaces· Garage, garage walls, floor, and door operation· Kitchen appliances (dishwasher, range/oven/cooktop/hoods, microwave, disposal, trash compactor)· Laundry appliances (washer and dryer)· Ceilings, walls, floors· Kitchen counters, floors, and cabinets· Windows and window gaskets· Interior doors and hardware· Plumbing systems and fixtures· Electrical system, panels, entrance conductors· Electrical grounding, GFCI, outlets· Smoke (fire) detectors· Ventilation systems and Insulation· Heating equipment and controls· Ducts and distribution systems· Fireplaces· Air Conditioning and controls· Heat Pumps and controls· Safety items such as means of egress, TPRV valves, railings, etc.Other items that are not a part of the standard inspection can be added for an additional fee:· Radon Gas Test· Water Quality Test· Termite Inspection (usually performed by a separate company)· Gas Line Leak Test (usually performed by the gas company)· Sprinkler System Test· Swimming Pool and Spa Inspection· Mold Screening (sometimes performed by a separate company)· Septic System Inspection (usually performed by a separate company)· Alarm System (usually performed by a separate company)We recommend getting a Radon Test if your prospective home falls into an area of the country with known Radon seepage, since Radon gas produces cancer second only to cigarette smoking and can be easily mitigated by installing a vent system. We also recommend a water test to make sure you do not have bacteria in the water supply. Water can also be tested for Radon.What is not included in the inspection?Most people assume that everything is inspected in depth on inspection day. This misunderstanding has caused many a homebuyer to be upset with their inspector. The inspections we do are not exhaustive and there is a good reason for this. If you hired someone with licenses for heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, engineering, etc. to inspect your house, it would take about 14 hours and cost you about $2000! It is much more practical to hire a professional inspector who has generalist knowledge of home systems, knows what to look for, and can recommend further inspection by a specialist if needed. Your inspector is also following very specific guidelines as he/she inspects your home. These are either national guidelines (ASHI – American Society of Home Inspectors, InterNACHI – International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) or state guidelines.

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