What a Home Inspection is...
Well, the wikipedia definition goes something like this: A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections.
In layman's terms, a home inspection is a thorough check-up of your home's mechanical/electrical systems and a visual exam of the structural elements. We will walk you around the house to note any defeciencies we deem as requiring immediate or future attention and also point out the main entries/service points of your utilities.
Our Full Home Inspection report will cover, at a minimum:
the condition of the home's heating system;
central A/C or evaporative cooling system;
interior plumbing and electrical systems;
the roof, attic and visible insulation;
walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;
the foundation, basement and structural components.
What a Home Inspection is NOT...
We do not do any destructive testing, nor do we have x-ray vision. Consumers should not expect their reports to include the condition of every nail, wire or pipe in the home. Your Home Inspector is primarily concerned with pointing out adverse conditions and/or safety-related concerns, rather than small or cosmetic items, which are considered readily apparent to the buyers. A Home Inspection is also not a check for compliance of any building code.
In addition, the homebuyer should not expect the Inspector’s report to serve as a guarantee that the home’s components will never fail or need repair at some point in the future. No house is perfect – they all need regular maintenance and repair. What do you think they mean when they say "the joys of home ownership"?!
For a more boring, detailed description of what our Inspections will include and exclude, click HERE for our Standards of Practice.
And for a description of why we're so upstanding and professional, you can click HERE to see the InterNACHI Code of Ethics we CHOOSE to abide by.
While the Standards provide a minimum guideline for conducting a home inspection, the InterNACHI Code of Ethics sets a standard of professional behavior for members like us.
Included with EVERY Full Home Inspection