If it can be seen it gets inspected. During the course of the inspection, I will be on the roof, in the attic, all around the exterior of the home, in the basement, inside the crawl space, inspecting the foundation, the structure, as well as the grading and drainage of the lot and pushing on fencing and opening gates. I will be removing all electrical panel covers, running every built-in appliances on a normal cycle, opening and closing every door and window, shaking all guard rail posts, as well as testing every accessible plug in the house with a circuit tester. I test static water pressure to the house, I run all faucets hot and cold filling up tubs and sinks to the overflow, and I flush every toilet at least 3 times and try to move them. I follow processes that are designed to find plumbing deficiencies that cannot be seen. I will stress the cooling system by running it for at least 2 hours if the outside temperature allows it. My inspection process dictates that I will have every light and appliance running simultaneously, so that I can be sure the electrical system can withstand a full load. The process has been fine-tuned over the course of thousands of previous inspections to ensure that I identify any major deficiency that might affect the value or safety of the home.
These systems and components are a list of the major visual components that are inspected, operated, tested or measured during the process of a typical Home Inspection.
- SITE – Grounds, Grading, Drainage, Driveway, Sidewalks, Walkways, Retaining Walls, Trees, Fences, Outbuildings
- OUTDOOR SPACES – Porches, Decks, Patios, Balconies, Terraces, Verandas, Steps & Stairs
- EXTERIOR – Cladding Systems: Brick, Stone, Stucco, Siding, Soffits, Eaves, Fascia, Frieze, Trim
- STRUCTURE – Foundation, Basement, Crawl Space, Slabs, Water Penetration, Framing: Floors, Walls, Ceiling
- ATTIC – Trusses, Roof & Ceiling Framing, Insulation, Penetrations, Ducts, Ventilation, Moisture, Mold, Decay, Wildlife
- ROOF – Roof Coverings, Flashings, Roof Penetrations, Vents, Skylights, Gutters & Downspouts
- INTERIOR– Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Doors, Windows, Stairs, Cabinets, Vanities, Bars, Built-in Bookcases
- CHIMNEY & FIREPLACE – Firebox, Caps, Shrouds, Screens, Flues, Damper, Gas Starters, Gas Logs, Hearth, Mantel
- GARAGE – Garages Slab, Carports, Garage Doors & Hardware, Automatic Openers, Reverse Sensors
- KITCHEN – Cabinets, Counter-tops, Ovens, Ranges, Cooktops, Dishwashers, Disposals, Microwave, Trash Compactors, etc.
- ELECTRICAL – Service Entrance, Main Panel, Subpanels, Wiring, Breakers, Grounding, Disconnects, Outlets, Fixtures, Fans
- HEATING – Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Air Handlers, Exhaust Vents, Gas Piping
- COOLING & VENTILATION – A/C Condenser, Evaporator, Condensation Piping, Refrigerant Piping, Ducts, Vents
- PLUMBING – Meter, Water Heaters, TPR, Supply & Waste Piping, Valves, Fixtures, Faucets, Commodes, Sinks, Tub, Showers
- OTHER UNITS – Sump Pumps, Sewer Ejector Pumps, Attic Fans, Whole house Fans
The major focus during a home inspection are finding issues related to structure, safety and functionality. I will go through the lists above to ensure the visible home’s components are indeed structurally sound, safe and functional. This will help ensure that your family’s safety never comes into question. I encourage all my clients to be present at the inspection and to ask questions about anything in the home. After all, buying a home is usually one of your largest investments and you need to know the facts. Give Conley Home Inspections, LLC a call and schedule your appointment today.