What we inspect

Roofs

  • general structure

  • roof-covering materials

  • gutters

  • downspouts

  • vents

  • flashing, skylights

  • chimney(s)

  • other roof penetrations

Exterior

  • exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim

  • exterior doors

  • adjacent walkways and driveways

  • stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps

  • porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports

  • railings, guards and handrails

  • eaves, soffits and fascia

  • a representative number of windows

  • moisture intrusion caused by vegetation

  • surface drainage

  • retaining walls

  • grading of the property

Lower Levels-Floors

  • foundation

  • basement

  • crawlspace

  • structural components

Heating

  • heating system, using normal operating controls

  • model and serial number

  • approximate age of heating system

  • filter(s)

  • energy source

Electrical

  • the service drop

  • overhead service conductors and attachment point

  • service head, gooseneck and drip loops

  • the service mast, service conduit and raceway

  • electric meter and base

  • service-entrance conductors

  • main service disconnect

  • panelboards and over-current protection devices (Circuit breakers and fuses)

  • service grounding and bonding

  • a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles

  • all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers

  • smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors

Plumbing

  • main water supply shut-off valve

  • main fuel supply shut-off valve

  • water heating equipment and components

  • venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves

  • interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets

  • all toilets for proper operation by flushing

  • all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage

  • drain, waste and vent systems

  • drainage sump pumps with accessible floats

Cooling

  • cooling system, using normal operating controls

  • delta of air temperature

  • model and serial number

  • approximate age of cooling system

  • area surrounding the cooling system

  • visible cooling system components

Fireplace

  • readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys

  • lintels above the fireplace openings

  • damper doors by opening and closing them

  • cleanout doors and frames

  • gas fireplace(s) operation

Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

  • insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas

  • ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas

  • mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area

  • visible rafters, collar ties, trusses, and purlins

Doors, Windows & Interior

  • a representative number of doors and windows

  • floors, walls and ceilings

  • stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps

  • railings, guards and handrails

  • garage vehicle door(s), using normal operating controls

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