Standard Full Home/Condo/New Construction/ 12-month Warranty/ Pre-listing

All of these inspections are full home inspections. Inspection can take 2-4 hours. Client and agent are more than welcome to attend and the inspector will be happy to go over everything in the end. Our inspections include everything from the tip of the roof out to the mailbox. All reports are provided within 24 hours (mostly the same day).

Heating system
Central air conditioning system
Interior plumbing
Electrical systems
Roof
Attic, including visible insulation
Walls

Ceilings
Floors
Windows and doors
Foundation
Basement or crawl spaces
Structural components
Appliances

New Construction/Phase Inspections

The first inspection would be performed prior to the foundation concrete is poured. The second Inspection is after framing is completed, the plumbing has been “roughed” in and electric wiring has been run, but before the insulation has been installed and the walls have been covered. The third inspection is the pre-closing, where everything should be in the right place and work correctly and you are ready to move in. The fourth and final inspection is the 12-month warranty.

Foundation

This inspection is performed after trenches or footers have been dug and all metal and pipe casings and/or liners have been put into place before pouring concrete.

All known plan measurements of depth and width of footings are verified.
All metal- rebar, beams, tension cables, etc.- are inspected for proper placement and connections.
All known pipe and sleeve measurements are verified for proper placement.

Pre-Drywall

This inspection is completed prior to drywall being installed
Inspect for defective, warped, missing, and misplaced framing members
Inspect for proper wood grades, placement, span measurement, notching, borings, and truss usage.
Inspect anchor bolts, fire blocking, and truss ties
Inspect framing fasteners and connectors for proper schedules
Visually inspect the electrical wires and plumbing installed through the framing system including proper nail stop protection
Visually check the HVAC rough-ins and duct conditions
Visually check Air Handler condensation drain and overflow drain lines
Check exterior walls, sheeting seal, wall penetrations, windows, and sealants
Visually check exterior electrical and lighting fixtures

Pre-closing

This inspection is conducted when all the building process is complete and you are ready to move in. This is basically the same home inspection we perform on all homes new or used. On new builds, it must be coordinated with the builder’s schedule to be sure all systems are complete and ready for occupation. It should be completed before closing with enough time remaining to accomplish any necessary repairs.

12-month warranty

When you purchase a new home, you automatically get a one-year warranty from the builder, designed to protect you from issues that may pop up in that first year. Within that time, the builder will repair any of the major items that have failed. But you must inform them before the 12-month warranty expires. An 11 Month Warranty Inspection is a whole home inspection designed to catch those items so that you can submit them to your home warranty company and have them dealt with before the one-year mark of homeownership. This is basically the same home inspection we perform on all homes new or used.

Investor/wholesale Inspections

Investor inspections are stripped-down home inspections focusing only on major defects with the home, including photos, and no written report. These inspections typically take about an hour to conduct.

Exterior Pictures:

Front of Property – Usually three different angles (right angle, center, left angle).
Address Plaque – For property identification purposes.
Street View – Good for showing potential buyers what the surrounding houses look like.
Sides of the house – For displaying general condition and window quality.
Back of house – Again try to get different angles.
Roof – Front and back, zoom in to show any signs of damage.
​Air Conditioning Unit – If Installed.
Garage – Front, sides, back, roof, and garage floor.
Driveway – From the garage towards the street, from the street towards the garage.
Sidewalk – From property line looking one way, then from the other property line looking back.
(Take pictures of any damage or items of concern, i.e., cracked cement, broken windows, rotten railings, broken stairs, or any other damage you observe)

Interior Pictures:

Living Room – Floor, ceiling, and a picture from each side of the room facing the opposite direction.
Dining Room – Same as above.
Bedrooms – Same as above.
Family Rooms / Bonus Rooms – Same as above.
Bathroom – One picture from the doorway in and then photos of the tub, shower, sink, toilet, and any damage you notice.
Kitchen – Floor, ceiling, cabinets (check for damage) counter-top, back-splash, and any damage you notice.
Stairways – Going to the second floor and basement.
Attic – If you have access check for signs of roof leakage.
Basement – Walls (looking for signs of water damage).
Plumbing (check to see if it’s all there).
Electrical (check to see if its all there).
Furnace – Pictures to show condition.
Hot Water Tank – Pictures to show condition.
Electrical Panel – Picture to show if the electrical panel has been updated.
Basement Windows – Pictures to show condition
(Take pictures of any damage or items of concern, i.e., holes in walls, light fixtures, lousy flooring, anything that will cost money to repair)

5-Point Inspections

A 5 Point Inspection is a modified home inspection that covers only the five major systems of the home. These systems include Plumbing, Electrical panels, Heating and Air Conditioning, Structural (foundation and attic), and Roof. This type of inspection works well for those folks who are only interested in the major systems within a structure and who are not as concerned with cosmetic or superficial issues.

Termite

The inspector will look at the interior and exterior areas of your home, checking for visible signs of a termite infestation, which include: droppings, broken wings, mud tubes, and damaged wood. The inspector will check your baseboards, walls, windows, crawl spaces, door frames, insides of cabinets and closets.

Radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the earth. As elements like uranium and radium break down in the rock and soil beneath your house, they release radon gas. Uranium and radium are radioactive. The same is true for radon gas, which can cause lung cancer — in fact, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon can become trapped inside a home due to insulation and build up to unsafe levels. Because radon is odorless and invisible, the only way to know if you have a problem is to conduct a radon test. Our radon test takes 48 hours to process.

Mold (Air Quality)

Air sampling tests the concentration of mold spores in your home’s air. Air tests can tell you if you have a mold problem even if you cannot find the mold growth.

Sewer Lines

Sewer camera inspections are a quick and easy way to determine the health of your plumbing systems and detect issues early before they become expensive repairs. Sewer camera inspections involve a small waterproof video camera mounted on the end of a flexible cable. This camera snake is inserted into the sewage system and pushed through the pipeline in order to do a visual inspection. These cameras can be used in underground pipes as well as pipes encased in concrete, located behind walls, or beneath your home’s foundation.

Septic

A septic system inspection is a comprehensive evaluation of all the components of a septic system. The inspector will locate and assess the septic tank, distribution box, and absorption area.

Well Water

Well, inspections provide a thorough evaluation of the entire well system. … A well inspector can check the condition of your system for mechanical defects, such as rusting tanks, faulty gauges, or leaking seals. Such issues can cause low water pressure or encourage contaminants in the drinking water.

Pool

A thorough professional pool inspection lets home buyers and home owners know about the condition of the pool and its mechanical processes.

Fire Place (pending inspector availably)

A level-one chimney inspection includes a visual check of the fireplace and chimney without any special equipment or climbing up on the roof. The chimney sweep comes to your house with a flashlight; looks for damage, obstructions, creosote buildup, and soot; and tells you if the chimney requires sweeping.