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Home Inspections

An important part of the home buying process in a professional home inspection.

 

A reputable company will do a thorough inspection of all major components and structures of the home. Make sure you understand exactly what the inspection will cover and ask to view what you can expect for a finished report. A typical home inspection will usually take several hours and you should expect to be to there to see if there are any issues that need to be addressed and to answer any questions the inspector may have.

 

Be sure to check if your inspector is qualified to provide inspections on things like pools, hot tubs, wells or septic systems or if you will require specialized inspections for those items. 

A comprehensive inspection should include these elements and may contain others, depending on the property:
 

  • Roof

  • Attic

  • Vents

  • Fashings and trim

  • Gutters and downspouts

  • Skylights

  • Chimneys

  • Decks, stoops and porches, walkways and railings

  • Eaves, soffits, and fascia

  • Grading and drainage

  • Basement interiors

  • Foundations

  • Crawlspaces

  • Water penetration

  • Foundation movement

  • Heating systems

  • Cooling systems

  • Main water shut off valves

  • Water heating systems

  • Interior plumbing fixtures

  • Drainage sump pumps

  • Electrical and meter boxes

  • Electrical panel breakers and fuses

  • Grounding and bonding

  • GFCI’s and AFCI’s

  • Fireplaces

  • Insulation & ventilation

  • Garage doors

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