A home inspection is a performance based, non-invasive examination of the condition of a property, often done in connection with the sale or purchase of a home. The home inspection process includes a detailed on site analysis and comprehensive written report. View a sample inspection report.
A home inspector should take the time and care to thoroughly examine and evaluate all aspects of the home, its major components and systems. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has proper training and certification to perform such inspections.
Home inspections are done in accordance with National and International standards of practice.
A home inspection includes a look at the following:
- roof, vents, flashings and trim;
- gutters and downspouts;
- skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations;
- decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings;
- eaves, soffits and fascia;
- grading and drainage;
- basement, foundation and crawlspace;
- water penetration and foundation movement;
- heating system;
- cooling system;
- main water shut-off valve;
- water heating system;
- interior plumbing fixtures and faucets;
- drainage sump pumps with accessible floats;
- electrical service line and meter box;
- main disconnect and service amperage;
- electrical panel(s), breakers and fuses;
- grounding and bonding;
- GFCIs and AFCIs;
- fireplace damper door and hearth;
- insulation and ventilation;
- garage doors, safety sensors and openers;
- and much more.