STRUCTURAL A full visual inspection of the complete
dwelling, attics, and crawl spaces or basements. This also includes any
GRADING We evaluate
the slope of the grounds to determine if the slope of the grade is adequately
draining water away from the house. The inspector will also examine the
discharge points of the rain gutter down spouts to see if this water is
ROOF We identify the type of roof and the
present condition; all findings are reported. We note flashing condition
and any areas of concern. Gutters and downspouts are observed and inoperable or
poor conditions are noted.
BASEMENT AND CRAWL SPACES
Both on the exterior and the interior of the visible foundation elements are
inspected. We examine for cracks, settlement, deterioration, and evidence of
water problems, pests, microorganism growth, rodent entry, and the like.
SIDING AND TRIM - The type of siding and material used is identified and trim, and its condition is determined.
SIDEWALKS We inspect
for drainage condition and note any deterioration. We report the overall
condition, giving special attention to problem areas like encroaching tree
roots. Driveways and sidewalks that are severely cracked, damaged and /or
lifting can be a tripping hazard and are noted.
All patios and decks are inspected as to condition. Safety items such as stair
construction, attachment to the home, structural worthiness, and fall protections
are inspected and noted.
SKYLIGHTS The attic
and any skylights will be inspected, with a careful eye toward finding evidence
of poor material condition or water penetration. Attics are inspected with
safety in mind, and the inspector will not walk on framing members, only on any
available service flooring. Some attic conditions may curtail the magnitude of
the inspection, at the inspector's discretion.
AND VENTILATION We
inspect the insulation, vapor barriers, and ventilation in all attics and unfinished
areas. If necessary, we will report insufficiencies and recommend supplemental
insulation or vapor barriers as needed.
The fireplace, flue, and chimney are visually inspected, if accessible.
SYSTEM / CENTRAL AIR UNITS
We operate the heating and/or central air units and evaluate the furnace, duct
work and/or any other type of delivery system. We also inspect the room
registers, radiators, baseboard elements, and the like. We inspect the overall
condition of the systems.
PLUMBING SYSTEM We identify the type of plumbing material,
inspect for leaks, corrosion, drainage, water flow, and other concerns. Every
toilet, bathtub, shower, and sink in the house will be tested and inspected,
unless it is not accessible, in which case this is noted.
SYSTEM We identify and
evaluate the type and size of electrical supply cablings used in the house. We
test all accessible outlets and light switches. We report any visually
electrical problems and/or safety hazards which are found.
- FLOORS - CEILINGS
Walls, floors, ceilings are inspected and the types of building material used
are noted. We inspect and report on the general/overall condition of these
Windows and doors are inspected for function and condition. Although careful
detail is paid to dual pane windows, we can only report visual evidence that
may indicate if any of the seals are leaking, such are window fogging between
BATHROOMS All the fixtures, plumbing, toilets,
sinks, showers tubs, shower doors, electrical devices and GFCI locations are
inspected. We test the fixtures for adequate water flow.
KITCHEN Every accessible cabinet
door, drawer, and counter top is inspected as are the sink and the sink
plumbing, all electrical outlets, the walls, the floor and the ceiling.
APPLIANCES The range/oven/cook top,
dishwasher, and any permanently installed, microwave, trash compactor or the like are inspected.
All items not functioning as intended are reported. The North Carolina Home Inspector Lisensure Board Standards of Practice requires many items to be reported to the client.