Home inspections cover nearly every element in and around a home and other structures on the property. Roofing, full exteriors, structural elements, full interiors, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning, and all of the components of these are subject to inspection.
The roof-covering materials, gutters, downspouts, vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations. The general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs. Observe indications of active roof leaks.
The exterior wall-covering materials, eaves, soffits, fascia, a representative number of windows, doors, flashing and trim. Adjacent walkways, driveways, stairs, steps, stoops, stairways, ramps, porches, decks, balconies, carports, railing, guards, handrails. Vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion.
Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure
The foundation, basement, crawlspace and the structural components. Observe indications of wood in contact with soil, active water penetration, possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out of square door frames, unlevel floors, and any observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members may present a structural concern.
Heating & Cooling
Using normal operating controls, location of thermostat, energy source. Heating and Cooling systems that did not operate and if the systems were deemed inaccessible.
Plumbing & Electrical
Plumbing valves, water heating equipment, interior water supply, including fixtures and faucets. Toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, dwv system, and drainage sump pumps. Electrical service drop, conductors, attachment point, service head, gooseneck, drip loops, mast, conduit, raceway, electrical meter and base. Breakers, lighting fixtures, receptacles, grounding, bonding and more.
Fireplace, Attic & Insulation
Readily accessible, visible portions of the fireplace and chimneys. Lintels, damper doors, cleanout doors and frames. Attic insulation, ventilation, and mechanical exhaust systems in all areas of the dwelling.
Doors, Windows & Interior
Floors, walls, and ceilings. Stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps. Railings, guards, and handrails. Garage vehicle door. Accessible doors and windows.