What to Expect in a Home Inspection
A home inspection is an objective, non-invasive visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation.
Components inspected include:
The typical inspection can take 2 to 4 hours. We start on the exterior which generally takes up to an hour. From there we go to the garage and then the kitchen, followed by the interior. The attic inspection is done last.
To give you an idea of what we will be looking at during the inspection here is a short list of common items inspected and the methods they are inspected.
The roof will be inspected by walking the roof unless the roof is inaccessible, or the roof is a tile roof.
The exterior and interior A/C unit is inspected, and the model and serial numbers are recorded.
The interior A/C unit is also operated, and the temperatures are recorded.
The exterior site drainage, main water valve, sewer clean out, exterior siding, Electrical service entrance lines, and exterior electrical panel will be inspected. We remove the main electrical panel cover to inspect the interior of the panel.
Electrical Sub Panel
The electrical sub panel is usually in the garage or the interior of the home. The cover of the interior electrical panel is removed to inspect.
The garage door is operated, and the safety features are tested.
The water heater covers are removed to inspect the water heater.
The model and serial numbers of the kitchen appliances are recorded. Each appliance is operated to test the functions.
The plumbing under the sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms are inspected.
All faucets, toilets, and bathtubs or showers are operated.
Tested for Operation
Doors and windows are tested for operation.
Electrical outlets and light switches are also tested for operation.
Finally, the attic is accessed for the attic inspection.
How Can You Prepare?
You can make sure the inspection goes faster by having clear spaces to…
the electrical panels
the water heater
the interior A/C unit
under the sinks
the attic hatch