Home Inspections

COMPREHENSIVE HOME INSPECTIONS

THE QUALITY OF THE INSPECTION DEPENDS ON THE QUALITY OF THE INSPECTOR

All home inspections in North Carolina are performed according to the Standards of Practice of the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board. Why, then, does it matter which inspector performs your inspection?

Why the inspector matters is simple. Two inspectors may look at the same system or component. The inexperienced, less knowledgeable, or less thorough inspector may not see the problem while the other more experienced, more knowledgeable, and more thorough inspector will see the problem, understand its significance, and be able to report the problem so you can understand how to deal with it. Ask yourself: “Which inspector do you trust with the purchase of your largest single asset?”

COMPREHENSIVE HOME INSPECTION BENEFITS

Our Comprehensive Home Inspection is a thorough examination of the property that provides both sellers and buyers with the information they need to sell and purchase their Dream Home with confidence and peace of mind.

For sellers, our Comprehensive Home Inspection provides valuable information that helps you make informed choices to either repair defects or to gather repair cost estimates to use during negotiations and when setting the asking price. A Comprehensive Home Inspection helps satisfy your disclosure obligations and shows prospective buyers that you are a contentious seller who is interested in complete and fair disclosure. It also reduces the chance that a purchase contract will be cancelled because of inspection findings.

For buyers, our Comprehensive Home Inspection also helps informed decision making and helps you make fair and reasonable requests for repairs or concessions based on independent expert analysis of any defects not disclosed by or unknown to the seller.

OUR COMPREHENSIVE HOME INSPECTIONS INCLUDE

Our comprehensive home inspections include the following visible and accessible systems and components:

  • Structural, including the foundation (e. g., concrete slab, basement, or crawl space), floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs
  • Exterior, including wall coverings (e.g., stucco, siding), side wall flashing, all exterior doors and trim, decks, stoops, porches, patios, stairs, railings, eaves, soffits, fascia, vegetation, grading and drainage, walkways, driveways, and retaining walls
  • Roof, including roof coverings (e.g., tile, shingles), gutters and downspouts, flashing, chimneys, vents, and other penetrations (e.g., skylights)
  • Plumbing, including interior water supply and drain pipes, water heating equipment, vents, flues, chimneys, fuel storage and piping, drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping
  • Electrical, including electrical service wires and equipment, service grounding, the interior of electrical panels, electrical wires, ground fault circuit interrupters, and a representative sample of switches, receptacles, light fixtures, and ceiling fans
  • Heating and Air Conditioning, including furnaces, air handlers, condensers, vents, flues, chimneys, ducts, and other distribution systems
  • Interior, including walls, ceilings, floors, stairways, garage vehicle doors and openers, counter tops, and a representative sample of, cabinets, doors, and windows
  • Insulation and ventilation, including crawl space and attic ventilation, and attic and crawl space insulation
  • Fireplaces and solid-fuel burning appliances, including firebox, chimneys, and vents.

OUR COMPREHENSIVE HOME INSPECTION REPORTS

Even the best inspection has limited value without a thorough and professional written inspection report. We take great pride and care to ensure that our reports comply with state and ASHI Standards of Practice. For this reason and others we do not use checklist style reports and we do not issue reports on site. We find that taking the extra time required to carefully consider and report about our inspection findings makes our reports more useful to all involved and makes them more difficult to dispute. Our reports:

  • Identify systems and components that are not functioning as intended, significantly deficient, unsafe, or near the end of their service life
  • Explain the nature of the problem with the identified system or component (e.g., the risks caused by the identified system or component)
  • Recommend whether you should repair, replace, monitor, or seek additional information from a qualified contractor regarding identified systems and components
  • Cite, where appropriate, the current accepted standards upon which we base our finding and recommendation.

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HOME INSPECTION PICTURES