Home Inspections

Insulation Inspections

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Insulation Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces • describe absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces The inspector is not obligated to: • disturb the insulation Checklist of common Insulation Issues  Rodent droppings in the attic or crawl space  Dead rodents in the […]

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Interior Inspections

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Interior Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect the walls, ceilings, floors • inspect the steps, stairways, railings • inspect countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets • inspect a representative number of doors and windows • inspect the garage vehicle doors, garage door operators • inspect installed ovens, ranges, surface cooling appliances, microwaves, […]

Cooling Systems

Cooling Systems Inspections

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Cooling System Inspection Standards The inspector should: • open readily openable access panels • inspect the central cooling equipment • inspect distribution systems • describe the energy sources for the cooling systems The inspector is not obligated to: • inspect electronic air cleaning, sanitizing devices • determine the cooling supply adequacy, distribution balance • inspect […]

Heating Systems

Heating System Inspections

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Heating System Inspection Standards The inspector should: • open readily openable access panels • inspect the installed heating equipment • inspect the vent systems, flues, chimneys • inspect the distribution systems • describe the energy sources used for heating The inspector is not obligated to: • inspect interiors of vent systems, flues, chimneys not readily […]

Electrical

Electrical Inspections

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Electrical Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect the service drop • inspect the service entrance conductors, cables, raceways • inspect the service equipment, main disconnects • inspect the service grounding • inspect the interior of service panels, subpanels • inspect the conductors • inspect the overcurrent protection devices (breakers, fuses) • inspect a representative […]

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Plumbing Inspections

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Plumbing Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect the interior water supply and distribution pipes • inspect the plumbing fixtures and faucets • inspect the interior drain, waste and vent systems • inspect the water heating equipment and supply systems • inspect the vent systems, flues and chimneys • inspect the fuel storage and fuel […]

Exteriors

Roofing Inspections

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Roofing Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect the roofing materials • inspect the roof drainage systems • inspect the flashing • inspect the skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations • describe the methods used to inspect the roofing The inspector is not obligated to: • inspect any antennas • inspect the interiors of vent systems, […]

Exteriors

Exterior Inspections

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Exterior Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect the siding, brick, stone, and/or stucco • inspect the exterior trim • inspect the visible flashing • inspect the exterior doors • inspect the decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, railings • inspect the eaves, soffit, fascia • inspect the vegetation adjacent to the home • inspect grading, […]

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Structural Inspections

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Structural Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect the visible structural components • inspect the foundation • inspect the floor structure • inspect the wall structure • inspect the ceiling structure • inspect the roof structure • describe methods used to inspect unfinished spaces The inspector is not obligated to: • provide an engineering or […]

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The Home Inspection Industry

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History Some home buyers were hiring friends, family members or tradespeople to inspect homes as far back as the 1950’s. Two decades later an emerging home inspection profession began to mature. By the mid 1980’s most real estate professionals were recommending a home inspection to their clients as an important part of the real estate […]