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A home inspection is an evaluation of the overall condition of a property, which is useful for both home buyers and home sellers as well as real estate professionals. It helps parties to a home sale understand the functions of the various systems and components of a home, as well as the maintenance issues related to homeownership.

A general home inspection is performed as a non-invasive, visual examination of a residential property. While a home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists and cannot predict future conditions, we are Certified Professional Inspectors and are trained to identify material defects within a home's specific systems and components that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, as well as those that pose an unreasonable risk to people.

In addition to the standard items listed here, call me to find out about our specialized inspection services.

Included in a Comprehensive Home Inspection


  • The exterior wall-covering material, flashing and trim

  • All exterior doors, decks, stoops, steps, stairs, porches, railings, eaves, soffits and fascias 

  • Repair any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, balconies and railings

  • All windows 

  • Vegetation, surface drainage and retaining walls 

  • Describe the exterior wall covering 


  • Service drop/lateral 

  • Meter socket enclosure 

  • The means for disconnecting the service main and describe the service disconnect amperage rating

  • Panelboards and over-current devices (breakers or fuses)

  • Service grounding and bonding 

  • A representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles viewed and deemed to be AFCI-protected 

  • Test all GFCI receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCI's

  • Service entrance conductors and conductor insulation for the general absence of smoke or carbon monoxide detectors 

  • Service entrance cables

  • Unused circuit breaker panel openings that are not filled

  • Presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring, if readily visible 

  • Any tested receptacles in which power was not present, the polarity was incorrect, the receptacle was not grounded or secured to the wall, the cover was not in place, the GFCI devices were not properly installed or did not operate properly, and evidence of arcing or excessive heat 

  • Any deficiencies in the integrity of the insulation, drip loop, or separation of conductors at weatherheads and clearances from grade or rooftops, as they may require repair 

Attic, Ventilation & Insulation

  • Insulation in unfinished spaces 

  • Presence of attic ventilation 

  • Mechanical ventilation systems 

  • Report on the general absence or lack of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces 


  • Roof-covering materials 

  • Gutters and downspouts

  • Vents, flashings, skylights, chimney and other roof penetrations 

  • Structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.

Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure 

  • Foundation and basement

  • Crawlspace

  • Report observed indications of active water penetrations 

  • Wood in contact with or near soil

  • Observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and unlevel floors 

  • Report on any observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may, in the inspector's opinion, present a structural or safety concern .

Heating & Cooling

  • Heating system, using normal operating controls, and describe the energy source and heating method

  • Report as in need of repair a heating system that does not operate 

  • Central cooling equipment, using normal operating controls 

Doors, Windows & Interior 

  • All doors and windows by opening and closing them 

  • Walls, ceilings, steps, stairways and railings

  • Repair any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways and railings 

  • Garage doors and garage door openers' operation using the installed automatic door control 

  • Report as improper any photo-electric safety sensor that fails to respond adequately to testing 

  • Report as in need of repair any door locks or side ropes that have not been removed or disabled when the garage door opener is in use 

  • Report as in need of repair any windows that are obviously fogged or display other evidence of broken seals 


  • Determine and report whether the water supply is public or private 

  • Verify the presence and identify the location of the main water shut-off valve 

  • Inspect the water heating equipment, including venting  connections, energy-source supply system, and verify the presence or absence of temperature-/pressure-relief valves and /or Watts 210 valves 

  • Inspect all toilets for proper operation by flushing 

  • Inspect all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage 

  • Inspect the interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water 

  • Inspect the drain, waste and vent systems 

  • Describe any observed fuel-storage systems 

  • Inspect the drainage sump pumps, and operate pumps with accessible floats 

  • Inspect and describe the location of the main water supply and main fuel shut-off valves 

  • Inspect and report in need of repair deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously 

  • Inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in installation of hot and cold water faucets 

  • Inspect and as in need of repair any mechanical drain stops that are missing or do not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs 

  • Inspect and report any evidence that toilets are damaged, have loose connections to the floor, leak, or have tank components that do not operate .

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