Do you need a home inspection? Certified home inspectors do a thorough job of assessing the integrity of a house. They know what to look for, they recognize the signs of developing problems and will see what the untrained eye would miss. Because a qualified inspector uses a total home inspection checklist, he doesn’t miss a crack or a leak.
Your home inspection will include a complete analysis of the following systems and components of your home. It will provide you with detailed facts about the property that you are considering purchasing.
Total Home Inspection Checklist
A certified home inspector uses a checklist like this to make sure he’s looking at all parts of the house.
(Note that this list describes an ideal house, but in our experience no house is perfect – not even brand new ones!!)
- • Roofing: Attic, structure, coverings, flashing, skylights, vents, chimneys, gutters, skylights, and other roof penetrations, insulation, ventilation.
• Exterior: Siding, trim, eaves, soffit, fascia, exterior doors and windows, decks, porches, railings, garage door & safety components.
• Lots and grounds: driveways, walkways, grading, drainage.
• Interior: walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, stairs, fireplaces, smoke detectors.
• Electrical system: service entrance, grounding, main panel, subpanels, branch circuits, outlets, GFCI’s, main service disconnect, service amperage, breakers, fuses.
• Structure: basement: crawlspace, foundation, footings, columns, floors, walls, water penetration, foundation movement, insulation, ventilation.
• Plumbing systems: distribution, drain lines, fixtures, vents, traps, functional flow, functional drainage, main water shutoff valves, water heating system.
• HVAC systems: venting, combustion, supply and discharge lines, ductwork, registers, controls, thermostats.
A home inspection will include a complete analysis of the systems and components of your home. It will provide you with detailed facts about the property that you are considering purchasing. You’ll get a ‘heads up’ about any problem with the property, either present or potential, that could adversely affect your bank account down the road. Home maintenance costs can be huge and you’ll want to avoid any expensive surprises before you’ve settled in to your new dwelling.
Northstate Home Inspections performs inspections on new and existing single family dwellings, multi-unit complexes, condominiums, town houses, mobile/manufactured homes, commercial properties, pools, and spas. Contact us now to find out if the property you are wanting to buy is going to be a sound investment or a money pit.
A home inspection by a licensed home inspector is an indispensible step to take in the process of buying a house.