What Is Involved In A Home Inspection?

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  • Drain, waste, and vent pipes

  • Water distribution pipes

  • Home's water pressure

  • The visible portion of the water main, which is the water supply pipe that brings water into the home

  • Water heaters condition, components, and age

  • Water heater vents if present

  • Sinks and toilets

  • Tubs/showers

  • Gas lines

  • Identify main gas and water valves locations

Roof Covering

  • I walk all safely accessible roofs. Some limitations would be unsafe depending on weather conditions and slope of the roof and materials

  • Condition of shingles or roofing materials

  • Gutters and roof drainage systems 

  • Flashing. Lack of kickout flashing is also typically reported

  • Skylights, roof caps, roof vents, plumbing vents, and other roof penetrations are inspected

Electrical System

  • Exterior electrical components, including the service drop, service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways.

  • The main panel and any sub panels. I remove panel covers to inspect the wiring components inside

  • Service grounding

  • Interior electrical components, including outlets, switches, and light fixtures

  • Test all GFCI and AFCI outlets or breakers

  • Smoke and CO alarms are recommended when not present​

Exterior Of Home

  • Coverings/sidings materials and condition

  • Doors and windows

  • Decks, patios, porches, balconies, steps, and handrails/guardrails

  • Property drainage, vegetation, and grading around home

  • Retaining walls

  • Driveways and walkways

  • Vent terminals and air intakes

Basement / Foundation / Structure

  • Foundation walls

  • Basement floor

  • All accessible crawl spaces are entered for thorough inspections

  • Sump pump systems, including the sump basket, sump pump, sump cover, and extension piping

  • Floor structure (posts, beams, joists, etc.)

  • Crawlspace ventilation and insulation

  • Signs of any moisture / water intrusion ​​


  • Installed heating equipment - furnace/air handler

  • Furnace filters are inspected 

  • Condition of ductwork

  • Registers are all checked for operation

  • Venting if present for gas appliances 


  • Central and permanently installed cooling equipment

  • Temperature difference testing is used to determine if cooling equipment is operational

  • Condensate disposal

  • Age of HVAC units 

Chimney & Fireplaces

  • Chimney crowns

  • Chimney chase

  • Chimney flashing

  • Fuel-burning fireplaces, stoves, and fireplace inserts. This usually means wood burning fireplaces or gas fireplaces.

  • Fuel-burning accessories installed in fireplaces, such as gas logs.


  • Ceilings, walls, and flooring conditions

  • Operation of doors and hardware

  • Windows operation and condition

  • Stairs, handrails, and guards

  • Countertops and cabinets

  • Kitchen appliances


  • We access every safe attic entry to inspect them

  • Roof/attic framing and structure 

  • Exhaust fans and ducts

  • Any potential roof leaks

  • Proper ventilation and insulation conditions 


  • Garage door conditions

  • Garage door operation and safety features

  • Doors, stairs, walls, floor, electrical, etc.

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