It’s Your Home, and Your Largest Investment!
It Deserves a Professional Home Inspection
- The Quality of the Home Inspection Depends on the Quality of the Home Inspector
- Our Home Inspection Benefits
- What is Included in Our Home Inspection?
- What Does Our Inspection Report Look Like?
The Quality of the Home Inspection Depends on the Quality of the Home Inspector
Home inspections in North Carolina should be 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 home inspectors may look at the same system or component. The inexperienced, less knowledgeable, or less thorough home inspector may not see the problem. The more experienced, more knowledgeable, and more thorough home inspector will see the problem and understand its significance. Only when a home inspector sees and understands the problem can he report the problem to you. Ask yourself: “Which inspector do you trust with the purchase of your largest single investment?”
Our Home Inspection Benefits
Our 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 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. Our home inspection helps satisfy your disclosure obligations. It 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 home inspection also helps informed decision making. It helps you make fair and reasonable requests for repairs or concessions that are based on independent expert analysis of defects not disclosed by the seller, or that are unknown to the seller.
What is Included in Our Home Inspection?
Our home inspection includes these visible and accessible components:
- Structural, including the foundation (e. g., concrete slab, basement, or crawlspace), floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs,
- Exterior, including wall coverings (e. g., brick veneer, siding), side wall flashing, exterior doors and trim, decks, stoops, porches, patios, stairs, railings, eaves, soffits, fascia, vegetation, grade 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, kitchen appliances, and a representative sample of, cabinets, doors, and windows,
- Insulation and ventilation, including crawlspace and attic ventilation, and attic and crawl space insulation,
- Fireplaces and solid-fuel burning appliances, including firebox, chimneys, and vents.
What Does Our Inspection Report Look Like?
We wrote the book about home inspection reports. We know that 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 the Standard 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 the next steps you should take to address the identified systems and components, and
- Cite, where appropriate, the current accepted standards upon which we base our finding and recommendation.