Home Inspection Basics

What will the home inspection include?

Your home inspection typically will include the following areas:

Exterior Components: site, driveways, walkways, patios, retaining walls, deck, balcony, porches, staircases, siding, doors, windows, garage.

Roofing System: coverings, flashings, roof drainage system, chimney.

Attic Insulation Components & Ventilation System: insulation, vapor barriers, ventilation, water penetration.

Interior Components: walls, ceilings, windows, floors, doors, stairs, appliances, fireplaces.

Structual System: foundation material, structural integrity, water penetration, support beams, main beams, columns, floor joints, crawlspace, water seepage.

Electrical System: exterior service entrance, capacity, main disconnect means, sub-panels, distribution circuitry, service grounding means, GFIC’s, switches, lighting fixtures, interior wiring, receptacles.

Plumbing System: source, supply piping, drain/waste piping, vent piping, well storage tanks, interior fixtures & faucets, adequate drainage, functional flow, domestic water heating system, gas service, evaluate above grade oil tanks and copper pipes, vent & fill pipes, sump pumps.

Heating System: type, manufacturer, age, fuel, controls, gas & oil burners, venting, operation, distribution means.

Cooling System: type, manufacturer, age, capacity, power source, controls, compressor, condenser, evaporator, fan, filter, CDL, ductwork, distribution means.