What to Expect During Your Inspection

The basic home inspection lasts an average of three hours, (2-4 hours). Please feel free to follow me during all, or part, of your inspection.  Walking with me during the inspection is a good way to begin to gain a detailed knowledge of the systems in your property. You may arrive towards the end of the inspection or not wish to follow around. That’s fine too. After every inspection I will sit down with you and review the entire inspection, calling your attention to key areas of concern. You will receive a detailed, written narrative report two business days after your inspection. Reports are normally delivered via email although hard copies can be mailed on request. The report is approximately thirty pages in length.

This inspection includes an examination of the major systems and components and is in conformance with the industry Standards of Practice as specified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

We will provide copies of these standards upon request.

The inspection report will list significant defects observed in the following items where exposed and accessible:

ROOFING: Roof material, flashings, gutters, downspouts, chimneys, skylights

ATTICS: Framing, ventilation, insulation

EXTERIOR: Siding, trim, eaves, fascias, windows, doors

ADJACENT: Decks, stairs, flatwork, railings, retaining walls, grading, drainage

STRUCTURE: Foundation, framing, shear panels, anchor bolts, ventilation, drainage.

ELECTRICAL: Service wires, main panels, subpanels, wiring, outlets, switches, light fixtures

PLUMBING: Supply, waste and vent piping, water pressure and flow, gas piping, water heaters

HEATING: Furnaces, boilers, ducting, piping, combustion air, venting, registers, radiators, blowers

INTERIOR: Walls, ceilings, floors, stairs, windows, doors, glass, fireplaces, dampers

KITCHENS: Countertops, cabinets, sinks, faucets, drain piping, outlets, dishwashers, disposers, exhaust fans, ovens, cooktops, floors

GARAGE: Vehicle doors, openers, door springs, firewalls, fire doors, floors, framing

LAUNDRY: Plumbing, dryer vents, outlets, sinks

BATHROOMS: Showers, tubs, sinks, toilets, cabinets, windows, fans, countertops, floors


Please feel free to call attention to areas of particular personal concern or interest.

This inspection is limited to a representative sampling of extensively replicated items such as switches, outlets, lights, windows, etc.