What is Included in a Home Inspection

What is Included in a Home Inspection

During your general home inspection, I will thoroughly look at your home's overall general condition, from top to bottom inside and out of the accessible areas, taking into account the following major components:

  • Structure​ (foundation, floors, walls, columns, piers, ceilings, roof)
  • Exterior (wall claddings, flashing, trim, entry doors, garage doors and openers, windows, decks, steps, porches, railings; driveways, walkways, retaining walls, vegetation, grading and drainage)
  • Roofing ​(roof coverings, roof drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations)
  • Plumbing ​(interior water supply and distribution system, fixtures and faucets, functional flow, interior drain, waste and vent systems, functional drainage, hot water heating systems)
  • Electrical (main service, main panel, subpanels, receptacles, switches, light fixtures, ceiling fans, smoke detectors)
  • HVAC ​(central HVAC units, through the wall HVAC units, fireplaces, gas logs, gas wall units, chimneys, flues, distribution systems)
  • Insulation and Ventilation ​(insulation in the attic and crawl space, vapor retarders in unfinished spaces, ventilation of attics and crawl spaces; kitchen, bathroom and laundry ventilation systems)
  • Interior (walls, ceiling, floors, doors, steps, stairways, railings, countertops, built-in cabinets)
  • Kitchen appliances (range, oven, cooktops, permanently installed microwaves, range hoods, dishwasher, garbage disposal, trash compactors)
  • Safety Concerns (proper egress, hazards on walkways, porches, decks, balconies, electrical systems and hazards, fire & carbon monoxide features, etc.)
  • General Information ​(location of gas and plumbing shut off valves, home maintenance guidelines, etc.)
(For a more complete list of included and excluded items please refer to the NC Standards of Practice)

Your professional inspection report will include digital colored photos with detailed and understandable descriptions of the systems and components found to not function as intended and that presented safety concerns at the time of the inspection. As a result of my careful efforts in completing the home inspection report, your report will be provided the next day after the inspection instead of on site. Check out my ​sample inspection report​.

Though your report will be thorough and easy to understand it is very difficult to get the full scope of the home by just reading the inspection report. Nothing can take the place of personally being present to observe what the report will convey. For this reason, you are encouraged to attend the inspection when possible. If you are not able to attend, I offer phone consultations after the inspection and I am more than willing to answer questions that may arise after reading the report.

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