What items are covered in the home inspection?
Structural, roof, walls, ceiling, floors, windows, doors, garage, decks, plumbing, electrical, heating/air-conditioning, built-in appliances, wood stove certifications. See Inspection Services for more precise details.
How long does it take to do a home inspection?
Depending on the square footage of the home, inspections take approximately 2 – 2 ¼ hours for houses up to 2,000sqft. Our inspectors are available to answer any questions at the end of the inspection.
How soon can I expect the inspection report?
Reports are delivered the next business day via email to you and your real estate professional. Our reports are clear and concise delivered in an easy-to-read format. See sample report for an example.
How much is the inspection and how do I pay?
The price of our inspections is based on the square footage of the property and location. We accept personal checks, debit or credit cards or we can bill our services through your escrow company at close of escrow. You can choose whichever method is more convenient for you.
How is a home inspection conducted and what will you be doing?
Below are the following steps and processes we conduct during a typical inspection. Depending on the square footage of the property being inspected, it usually takes 2 – 2 ¼ hours (2,000sqft home).
Our inspection process begins with a photo of the property being inspected; this will appear at the front of your report. From the front entrance, our inspectors walk around the building so the inspector observes different views of the building and its exterior components. We do this at least two times to ensure we didn’t miss anything.
The next step is to inspect the roof of the building. Our inspectors use telescopic ladders to access the roof (height/elevation permitting) and inspect the roof shingles/tiles, flashing, chimneys and vents.
We then enter the home or office (using our fashionable Tidy Trax shoe covers to protect floors) and inspect the kitchen, its built-in appliances, running water at the sink, and start the dishwasher.
We inspect around the home/office keeping to our right-hand side, inspecting all operating windows and doors, checking ceilings, floors, walls, light fixtures and switches, outlets, furnaces, air-conditioning units, fireplaces, and plumbing fixtures (including the water heater). After completing a full circuit of the home/office and attached garages, we return to the kitchen.
Note: During the entire inspection, we will run the water checking for leaks, which tend to be noticed at the end of the inspection when entering the crawlspace, which is the last step to our inspection.
Inspect the attic area for leaks/damaged roof sheathing/trusses or rafters and evaluate ventilation and components including R value of attic insulation.
Inspect the crawlspace, foundation, insulation value, moisture damage to substructure, plumbing leaks, electrical problems and any structural issues that may be visible underneath the building.
Once these steps are completed in the crawlspace area, we return to our trucks/vans remove our safety equipment, overalls, knee pads gloves and face masks. Re-entering the home/office, we perform a final check of all plumbing fixtures and waste lines below sinks looking for leaks before giving you a summary of any issues that may have been found.