A General Home Inspection is a thorough and methodical visual inspection of a home's structural, mechanical and safety components and systems, and a written report of the observed conditions. The report includes a description of the observed conditions, an explanation of the implications of any deficiencies, and appropriate recommended remedial actions. The inspection includes the foundation, framing, roofing, exterior finishes, exterior water control systems and drainage, doors and windows, interior finishes, insulation and thermal barriers, porches, decks, stairs and rails, safety alarms, plumbing and water heating, heating and air conditioning, electrical service and distribution, ventilation systems, kitchen appliances, limited environmental issues, and garage systems.
We strongly encourage our clients to join us for the inspection, so that they can better understand our findings, and ask questions. An inspection normally takes about two and a half to three hours on site. We typically use a tablet computer for the inspection with a comprehensive and detailed report generating program. Photos of defects are included and incorporated into the text. Reports are divided into three parts: a summary listing each system and its basic condition, a list of any components or systems that have been significantly upgraded, and then a full narrative report including all of the inspected systems and components.
Reports are normally posted within a couple of days to a secure webpage reserved for the client, and an email link to the website is sent to the client. Reports are in PDF form. A hard copy can be mailed out if needed.
There is a tremendous amount of valuable information included in the report. It is important that the client read the entire report thoroughly. Hyperlinks to various appropriate additional websites are included in the report for further investigation, if desired. Follow-up phone calls for further information and clarification are encouraged.