The decision to buy or sell a home is not a decision you should take lightly, therefore you need accurate and reliable information about the property. Reliable Quality Home Inspections evaluates all interior and exterior components and systems including the roof, basement, heating, cooling, ventilation, insulation, plumbing, structure, electrical, and much more….
According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, “A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home. A complete home inspection includes a visual examination of the house from top to bottom.
The inspector examines the heating system, the central air conditioning systems, the interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and visible insulation, walls, ceiling, floors, windows and doors, the foundation and visible structure.
The average home inspection will take about two hours and the client is encouraged to be there to enjoy the benefits of first-hand information during the inspection process.
What’s included in the inspection:
- When inspecting the initial structure of a home, the inspector is looking for things like damage or cracks in walls, ceilings, floors, and foundation. This is a basic once-over of the sturdiness of the entire structure.
Roof and Attic
- When it comes to this part of the house, the inspector is looking for any sign of roof damage like missing or loose shingles. They also inspect your gutters and rain guards to make sure everything will flow properly off the roof. They’ll also check your insulation and ventilation to make sure any airflow problems won’t damage the roof.
- Here, the inspector is looking for anything that could compromise the structure of your basement. Typically, indications of water damage are a bad sign. Since basements are underground and more vulnerable to water in the area, it’s important to look at the drainage systems in place. They’ll also check out beams and support posts.
- An improperly installed furnace can be a possible fire hazard. You also want to make sure the ductwork is done properly and everything is ventilated correctly. The air conditioning is inspected as well.
- One of the last things anyone wants in their home is a water leak. A trained inspector will check the water shut-off, toilets, waste and vent pipes, showers, sinks and anywhere else leakage can become an issue.
- As part of this inspection, you should also have your water heater checked. You don’t want that not working or overheating.
- In this part of the evaluation, the inspector checks the capacity of the electrical system, looks for any defects in the wiring and makes sure everything is properly grounded. They’ll also check your main panel and circuit breakers. Finally, miscellaneous items like ceiling fans and light fixtures are looked at.
- Devices like smoke detectors, the washer and dryer, dishwasher, stove and garbage disposal need to be checked to make sure they are installed and operating properly.
- In the garage, the walls, ceilings, firewall, and roof, are all inspected. This is in addition to the lights and the garage door opener.
- It’s important for the inspector to look for anything around the home that could create a potential hazard. This could include changes in grading or elevation or cracks in driveways or sidewalks that might create a tripping hazard. They’re also looking at decks, your porch, trim and siding. They may check window insulation and the drainage around your home.
The interior of the house is probably the broadest category for inspection. Floors are inspected, as well as walls, ceilings, the kitchen, cabinets, and bathroom. Staircases are inspected, as are insulation and ventilation. Basically, every room is given a thorough
Reliable Quality Home Inspections will provide you with reliable information to make an inform decision about the property.