What to expect at your home inspection.
When you’re buying a house, townhouse or condominium, it is a very good idea to hire a professional before you purchase and take possession. Taylor Home Inspections will provide you with a thorough and comprehensive inspection of all the major components and operating systems of the dwelling. The goal of the inspection is to identify potential issues regarding the residence prior to the closing date.
Even better, if you include an inspection clause in your purchase agreement and the need for a repair is discovered during the inspection, you can require the seller to make repairs before you purchase the home, or to give you a credit in advance for repairs you’d make after you purchase the home.
What happens at the inspection?
An inspection usually takes approximately 2 to 5 hours depending on the size and complexity, and the formal written report is received within a 24 hour period. You are encouraged to attend. I will walk through the home with you and point out any visible problems. I will look for signs that there might be areas of concern regarding the potential purchase and suggest any areas that should be looked into further. The report typically covers:
- The Roof
I will report on the type of roofing material and projected life expectancy of the roof, the roof drainage systems (gutters/downspouts), flashings, valleys, skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations (for vents and flues). I will look for any water ingress.
- The Exterior
The exterior inspection will include a visual assessment of decks, balconies, eaves, cladding, soffits, fascias and barge board. I will inspect the windows and doors for proper flashings, potential leaks and operation. I will look at the grading of the land around the house for obvious drainage problems, grade height issues, and check walkways, retaining walls and driveways for apparent deterioration or safety concerns. I will also inspect vegetation surrounding the house for obvious problems such as the intrusion of roots near the foundation or buried utilities or overgrowth that might promote excess humidity or contribute to rodent access into the dwelling. Electric garage door openers will be checked to confirm they are in compliance with current safety standards. The exterior inspection is not expected to include outbuildings or fences, or any evaluation of hydraulic or geologic conditions.
- The Structure
I will inspect entry ways, foundations, decks, porches and the like. I am looking for symptoms such as sagging roof lines, gaps in or damage to the siding, porches pulling away from the building, obvious signs of rot or insect damage, settlement and cracks in foundations.
- The Insulation &Ventilation
Poor ventilation can lead to rot, mold, poor air quality or excessive energy consumption. As your inspector, I will check insulation and vapor barriers in unfinished areas of the attic and in the foundation area and look for the presence and operation of any mechanical ventilation systems in the attic and other high humidity areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and basements.
- The Electrical System
I will check for over current protections, grounding, and the presence of any aluminum wiring. I will remove the face of the electrical panel if it is safe to do so. I will check a representative number of switches and outlets in the house and note the adequacy of smoke detectors.
- The Heating and Cooling System
I will inspect the furnace and hot water heater for general life expectancy, type, capacity, shut-off mechanisms and the filter system. I will review the operation of the furnace heating system
- The Plumbing
I will inspect the interior water supply and distribution system including water pressure, water heating equipment (estimating age and approximate time for replacement) and the appropriateness of vents, flues, and chimneys. I will flush toilets to check for leaks and run a sample of faucets to assess water pressure and the immediacy of the available water.
- The Home Interior
The inspection will include a visual scan of floors, walls and ceilings for signs of water intrusion and sagging. Stairways and railings will be checked for safety and code compliance and a sample of windows and doors inspected for condition and ease of operation. I will look at countertops and a representative number of the kitchen cabinet interiors and drawers for condition and integrity. The basement will be checked for indications of water intrusion in addition to signs of structural problems. Fireplaces will be visually inspected for system integrity and potential further inspection by a specialist.
The inspection does not cover cosmetic issues, I am looking for the functional issues regarding the home.
After the inspection, you will receive a written report detailing potential problems that have been found and suggested remedies for them. As your inspector, I am there to report the facts about the home's condition.
In the end, it is your decision whether or not to buy. Having an inspection performed can alert you to any repairs that you may have to deal with at a later date and help you include these repairs in your negotiations
What is a Good Home Inspection?
When you buy a house, condominium or townhouse, know what you are getting. The best way to do that is by having a good home inspection. Before buying, you should know what condition the home is in and what repairs might be needed. Hiring a good home inspector to examine a home can help you make an informed decision. As your inspector, I will walk through the home with you and point out any problems. I will look for signs that there might be areas of concern regarding the potential purchase and suggest any areas that should be looked into further.