A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the major systems and components in a home. Listed below are some of the things that we observe during a typical home inspection.
Roofing: We walk on the roof and inspect the roof covering, flashings, skylights, chimneys, AC units and any other roof-related items. It is rare that a roof cannot be walked. Your builder cannot void a roof warranty if we walk upon the roof.
Exterior: Wall covering, doors, windows, flashing, caulking, grading, planters, retaining walls, driveway, walkways, trees/shrubs.
Structure: Foundation, floor, wall construction, columns, ceiling and attic framing. We enter the attic space if possible.
Electrical: Electrical service, panels, breakers, outlets, switches, lights, fans, visible wiring, GFCI, AFCI, aluminum wiring, older systems.
Heating/Cooling: Heat pumps and AC units, furnaces, accessible ductwork, grills. In addition to testing to see that they work properly, we'll tell you the age and size of the systems as well.
Plumbing: Bathtubs, showers, sinks, faucets, drains, toilets, visible leaks, water heater, functional flow/drainage, gas pipes and fittings.
Insulation/Ventilation: Visible attic insulation and ventilation, gas appliance venting, laundry/bathroom/kitchen/garage ventilation.
Interior: Doors, windows, walls, floors, ceilings, cabinets, countertops, garage, garage door and opener.
Appliances: Built-in appliances such as range, oven, cooktop, dishwasher, microwave, vent hood, garbage disposal, washer/dryer if requested. and refrigerators are tested for gross function. We test for recalled appliances if the manufacturers label is easily accessible.
*Pool/Spa: Shell, deck, coping, visible pipes, pumps, motor, filter, timer, electrical, cleaning equipment if hooked up and running. Pool barriers and entrapment prevention devices (or the lack thereof) are commented on. (additional fee applies)
Termite/WDIIR: We inspect for evidence of wood destroying insects and provide a separate pest report (AZ WDIIR). We are on-site longer and are more thorough than most pest inspection companies. (additional fee applies)
Consultation: After the inspection, we will discuss major deficiencies and answer any questions you may have. Telephone consultations are available if you are out of the area, but it's always best to view the home in-person.