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What Really Matters In A Home Inspection?

Finding potential defects is only half of our job. Providing important information in easy to understand reporting systems. To help you through the process.

Knowing The Difference Between Cost & Value

Know that each inspector is a certified and proud member of InterNACHI® and that you are hiring some of the most trusted and highly trained personnel in the world. With over 20 collective certifications and licenses. You'll have the reassurance that your home inspector is one of the best.

Our Square Foot Pricing Chart

Whether you have an extra kitchen, home theater, or any special feature, our fees are based on the square footage of the home, not on how many bedrooms or bathrooms you have.

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What we look for during an inspection

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Roof Inspection

 

I. The inspector shall inspect from the roof, ground level, or the eaves:

the roof-covering materials;
the gutters;
the downspouts;
the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations; and 
the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.

II. The inspector shall describe:

the type of roof-covering materials.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: 

observed indications of active roof leaks.

Exterior

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

the exterior wall-covering materials; 
the eaves, soffits and fascia;
a representative number of windows;
all exterior doors;
flashing and trim;

adjacent walkways and driveways;
stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps;
porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports;
railings, guards and handrails; and 
vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion. 

II. The inspector shall describe: 

the type of exterior wall-covering materials.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: 

any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails.

Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

the foundation;
the basement;
the crawlspace; and
structural components.

II. The inspector shall describe:

the type of foundation; and
the location of the access to the under-floor space.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

observed indications of wood in contact with or near soil;
observed indications of active water penetration; 
observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and unlevel floors; and
any observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may, in the inspector's opinion, present a structural or safety concern.

Heating

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

the heating system, using normal operating controls.

II. The inspector shall describe:

the location of the thermostat for the heating system;
the energy source; and

the heating method.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

any heating system that did not operate; and
if the heating system was deemed inaccessible.

Cooling

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

the cooling system, using normal operating controls.

II. The inspector shall describe:

the location of the thermostat for the cooling system; and

the cooling method.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

any cooling system that did not operate; and
if the cooling system was deemed inaccessible.

Plumbing

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

the main water supply shut-off valve;
the main fuel supply shut-off valve;
the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing;
interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water;
all toilets for proper operation by flushing;
all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage;
the drain, waste and vent system; and
drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.

II. The inspector shall describe:

whether the water supply is public or private based upon observed evidence;
the location of the main water supply shut-off valve;
the location of the main fuel supply shut-off valve;
the location of any observed fuel-storage system; and

the capacity of the water heating equipment, if labeled.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously;
deficiencies in the installation of hot and cold water faucets;
mechanical drain stops that were missing or did not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; and
toilets that were damaged, had loose connections to the floor, were leaking, or had tank components that did not operate.

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Electrical

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

the service drop;
the overhead service conductors and attachment point;
the service head, gooseneck and drip loops;
the service mast, service conduit and raceway;
the electric meter and base;
service-entrance conductors;
the main service disconnect;
panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses);
service grounding and bonding;
a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible;
all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible; and
smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.

II. The inspector shall describe: 

the main service disconnect's amperage rating, if labeled; and 
the type of wiring observed.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: 

deficiencies in the integrity of the service-entrance conductors’ insulation, drip loop, and vertical clearances from grade and roofs;
any unused circuit-breaker panel opening that was not filled;
the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch-circuit wiring, if readily visible;
any tested receptacle in which power was not present, polarity was incorrect, the cover was not in place, the GFCI devices were not properly installed or did not operate properly, evidence of arcing or excessive heat, and where the receptacle was not grounded or was not secured to the wall; and
the absence of smoke detectors. 

Fireplace

 

The inspector shall inspect:

readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys;
lintels above the fireplace openings;
damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and
cleanout doors and frames.

II. The inspector shall describe:

the type of fireplace.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: 

evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers;
manually operated dampers that did not open and close;
the lack of a smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace;
the lack of a carbon-monoxide detector in the same room as the fireplace; and
cleanouts not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material.

Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas;
ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; and
mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area.

II. The inspector shall describe:

the type of insulation observed; and
the approximate average depth of insulation observed at the unfinished attic floor area or roof structure.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: 

the general absence of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces.

Doors, Windows & Interior

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them;
floors, walls and ceilings;
stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps;
railings, guards and handrails; and
garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls.

II. The inspector shall describe: 

a garage vehicle door as manually-operated or installed with a garage door opener.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: 

improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, guards and railings;
photo-electric safety sensors that did not operate properly; and
any window that was obviously fogged or displayed other evidence of broken seals.

See Our Standards Of Practices

To see a complete version of our InterNACHI Standards Of Practices for Residential Home Inspection, please click on the link below.

InterNACHI Certified Inspectors Make It Simple!

Know that each inspector is a certified and proud member InterNACHI®, you should know that you're hiring some of the most trusted and highly trained in the world. With over collective 20 certifications and licenses. You can rest assured that your home inspector is one of the best.

Free Maintenance Guide With Each Inspection!

Worried about buying a money pit? Let us take those fears away with the best home buying protection on the market today! If we miss anything on the home inspection, let us know and we will buy the home back from you at the full price so you and your family can find the perfect home.

Learn to Save Money On Day One!

Along with your written home inspection, you will receive a free Home Energy Report that will calculate the costs it will take to provide heat and energy to your new home and can provide recommendations to help lower your annual utility bills on average up to 30%. 



View A Sample Sample Report

Take a look of a sample Home Energy Report that we prepared for you to view and see your savings!

Best Limited Warranty Available Free With Each Inspection

90 Day Warranty

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This will protect you from any issues not found during the home inspection. If we make a mistake or did not find, your family will not have to pay for it!

5 Year Roof Leak Protection

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Our Platinum Roof Leak Protection will cover your home's roof systems against any new leak for the next 5 years!

Free Recallcheck On All your Appliances

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While at your inspection, we will check the model numbers of all your appliances for any known or future safety recalls! 

Sewer/Gard Protection

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 SewerGard protection is offered for a period of 90 days following the date of the inspection, or 22 days after closing, whichever comes later. If you received a sewer scope, this policy is extended to 6 months from the date of the inspection, or 22 days from closing, whichever comes later. 

Protect your home from Visible Mold

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If your home inspection and report noted no visible mold or moisture issues, Mold Safe will cover the remediation of visible mold on permanent surfaces (such as floors, walls, and ceilings) for 90 days following the date of the inspection, or 22 days after closing, whichever comes later.

Let Us Setup Your Utilities For Free

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Let us take the hassle out of calling your service providers to get your utilities, internet, and cable set up. We will call your local service providers and get all of your accounts set up in your name at no additional costs.

Get An Additional 6 Months On Our Extended Warranty!

If you are looking to purchase an extended warranty, as thanks for choosing us for your home inspection, you can qualify for up to 18 months of warranty protection for the price of one year at no additional cost.

Also Included With Your Inspection

$100.00 Off Move In Costs

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Included with our inspection services, we're including free membership to our Porch Membership Gold Program with a $100 worth of discounts on home-related and move-in services.  

24/7 On Call Support

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 Never again be alone with maintenace questions and emergencies! Now there is some there to help you when you need it most.  

$100.00 Off Any Handyman Services

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Need those little extras chores done around the house and don't have time. Here is a little extra help to get those projects done! 

Free Home Owners Resource Libary

Our Safe Home Book

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Free for you to download. A guide on how to make your home safe for you and your family. From securing large appliances, child safety measures, to senior in-home care, this free ebook is a great resource guide.

Homebuyer's Guide to Radon

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Get the facts for your self! Here is a free consumer guide from the EPA on what every home buyer should know about radon gas. How radon enters the home, its associated health effects, how it's tested, and possible steps to mitigate if needed.

EPA's Mold & Moisture Guide In The Home

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Believe it or not, the number one enemy to your home is water! And knowing how to manage water in and around your home is a perfect approach to protecting your home and family.

Tips on Saving Energy & Money

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Steps to maximizing your home's efficiency should begin before closing. Knowing some key pieces of information will help you enjoy your comfortable home while saving money in the process.

Life Expectancy Chart

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 The hard fact about homeownership is that nothing lasts forever. But knowing the average life cycle of your home's appliances and fixtures is the best way to manage maintenance costs and the home’s value 

Annual Maintenance Check Sheet

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Great for first-time homebuyers and to start teaching our young adults about the importance of home maintenance while they are still in their formative years. Here is a simple year-round guide to help keep your home in good working order 

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