WHAT IS A GENERAL RESIDENTIAL INSPECTION

A general residential inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by industry standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process. An example of this would be the addition of a termite inspection or an indoor radon gas measurement. A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect.

A general residential inspection report shall identify, in written format, defects within specific systems and components defined by industry standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. Inspection reports may include additional comments and recommendations.

WHAT WE INSPECT DURING A GENERAL RESIDENTIAL INSPECTION

  • ROOFING- Roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings and skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations.
  • STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS - Foundations, grading and drainage, basements, crawlspaces, walkways, patios, decks, floors, walls, and ceiling structures.
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS - Service entrance and panels, branch circuits, connected devices and fixtures, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure your outlets are GFCI-protected.
  • PLUMBING - Fixtures and faucets, water supply systems, drain, waste and vent systems, water heater, vents, flues and chimneys, and sump pumps or fuel storage and distribution systems.
  • HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS - Heating and cooling equipment, ducts, vents and flues.
  • APPLIANCES - Dishwasher, garbage disposal, range hood, range or oven, cooktop, microwave, trash compactor, bathroom exhaust fans, garage door operator, and other built-in appliances. We also perform an appliance re-call check on each built-in appliance.

POST INSPECTION PROCEDURES:

After we complete our inspection, if you are present, our inspectors sit down with you and your agent to discuss our findings. We show you pictures of material defects that pose safety hazards and point out issues of deferred maintenance that we recommend be corrected. Within 24 hours of completing our inspection, you will receive a detailed, easy-to-read inspection report in HTML and/or PDF format. From that report, you will be able to see the items we discussed earlier, with images for reference.