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 I observe during a typical home inspection.
Roofing: Walk on the roof (if possible) 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. 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. Age and size of the system, if possible.
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.
*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: Inspect for evidence of wood destroying insects and provide a separate State of Arizona pest report (AZ WDIIR). (additional fee applies)
Consultation: Discuss major deficiencies found 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.