What I Inspect
For a complete review of the home inspection process, read About Home Inspections.
In addition, for a complete list of what is inspected, what is not inspected and the limitations, exceptions and exclusions related to a home inspection, read the NACHI Standards of Practice.
Listed below is a snap-shot of the inspected areas that are included in a home inspection:
EXTERIOR: grading and drainage, retaining walls, exterior walls, patios, entrances, stairs, hand railings, decks and railings, walkways, driveways, eaves, soffits and fascias, doors, windows, trim, gutters, downspouts, extensions, the main attached or detached parking structure and garage door openers.
STRUCTURE: exposed visible and accessible areas of the foundation, columns, floors and walls.
ROOFING: visable roof coverings, flashings, skylights and roof penetrations (vents/stacks).
ELECTRICAL: service entrance, grounding, main panel and sub panels, branch circuits, outlets, switches, presence of GFCI outlets and the identification of any visible electrical hazards.
HEATING and A/C: the age and overall condition of the systems, recommended repairs/maintenance, carbon monoxide evaluation, air flow at the registers, filters, humidifiers and thermostat.
PLUMBING: main water supply/meter, accessible distribution lines and drains, fixtures, vents, functional flow (in all bathrooms), water heater and sumps with accessible floats.
INSULATION: accessible areas in the attic, crawlspace and/or basement.
INTERIOR: major defects/issues related to the walls, ceilings, windows, doors, stairs, railings, fireplace(s), fans/lights and information related to smoke and CO detectors. Interior floor covering materials are not evaluated.
LAUNDRY ROOM: the washer and dryer are not operated. Recommendations related to the laundry room will be provided.
KITCHEN: home inspectors do not inspect kitchen appliances. A courtesy inspection of some appliances will be conducted as described at the time of the inspection.
GARAGE: attached and detached garage component inspections are conducted the same as the house components in addition to any automatic garage door opener components. Additional outbuilding such as pole building are not inspected unless these inspections are requested at the time of booking (additional fee of $100+).
FIREPLACE: damper, visible areas of the smoke shelf/chimney and the firebox.
MAINTENANCE/SAFETY: Identification/location of water, fuel and electric shut off locations, smoke and CO alarms, railings, fall hazards, trip hazards and other items as identified throughout the inspection.
Note: The above is for quick reference only. Please read the NACHI Standards of Practice for a complete list of what is inspected, what is not inspected and the limitations, exceptions, and exclusions related to a home inspection.