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5-Point Major-Items
Inspection

"If It's Got Good Bones, You've Got A Good House"

The bones are the most structurally significant parts of a home and the 5 areas that cause 80% of the problems that make homebuyers change their minds and walk away.

They’re the focus of our wrap-up discussion at the end of each home inspection.
And these major areas NEVER change.

Here are the areas we check…👇🏽

1. Foundation

What Is Inspected:

●  Type

●  Sub-floor

●  Cracking

●  Joists

●  Material

●  Columns

●  Shifting

●  Floor

●  Exterior

●  Beams

●  Movement

●  Ceiling

●  Interior

●  Posts

●  Seepage

●  Smoke detector

2. Plumbing

What Is Inspected:

●  Water supply

●  Sump pump

●  Main valve

●  Venting

●  Water lines

●  Gas lines

●  Water heater

●  Drains

●  Run water for entire inspection (if vacant)

3. Roof

What Is Inspected:

Roof

●  Roof covering

●  Flashings

●  Soffits and fascias

●  Ventilation

●  Gutters and downspouts

●  Skylights, chimneys, and penetrations

Attic

●  Roof structure

●  Attic access

●  Insulation

●  Circuit wiring

●  Ventilation, fans, and exhaust

●  Skylights, chimneys, and penetrations

4. Electrical

What Is Inspected:

●  Service entrance

●  Grounding

●  Sub-panel

●  Circuit wiring

●  Distribution panel

5. HVAC

What Is Inspected:

Heating

●  Operating controls

●  Heat distribution system

●  CO detector in space

●  Chimneys, flues, and vents

●  Heat source in each living space

Cooling

●  A/C or heat pump?

●  Refrigerant lines

●  Evaporator unit

●  Condenser unit

●  Air distribution system

●  Skylights, chimneys, and penetrations

Inspection guidelines:

#1 – All utilities must be on and pilots lit

This includes:

  1. Electricity
  2. Gas
  3. Water


#2 – If possible, water MUST be flowing through the faucets (we won’t open the water main valve).

What you'll get:

You've got questions?

We've got answers.

faq
When you're NOT concerned about defects in other areas or the home is in really rough shape. Click here to more details:
Yes, always. As long as there is safe access and the pitch is not too steep (usually 8-12 or greater).
Good question.  There's a big difference.    Click here for details:

No. 

Many real estate investors do not want a termite inspection, so it's NOT included.

No. We don’t know if it’s off for a reason so it’s not safe and should be lit before the inspection starts. 

No.  And neither should you.  Here's why...


This is the MOST INSIDIOUS system and we don't take any reckless chances that might end up causing mold and moisture damage in a property you're buying.


If we didn't turn it off, we don't want to turn it on. There might be a leak we don't know about.


And even if we get permission to turn it on, it doesn't always come from someone with first-hand information and we don't want to find out the hard way that a repair hasn't been made.


Plus, by this point, the buyer must also agree to the risks since it will be their home in the end.


Just play it safe.  If the water is not flowing through the faucets, it's always best to postpone the inspection and let the seller turn it on.


This lets them find and fix any leaks BEFORE the inspection so we can do the inspection right the first time.

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