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What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual and non-invasive inspection of the major systems of a home.

A home inspection includes:

STRUCTURE

· Foundation

· Framing, attic structure

EXTERIOR

· Exterior wall covering, flashing and trim

· All exterior doors

· Attached decks, balconies and steps

· Porches and railings

· Eaves, soffits and fascias

· Grading, surface drainage and vegetation

· Retaining walls that could adversely affect the building

· Driveways, walkways and patios

ROOFING

· Roof covering

· Flashings

· Skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations

Roof drainage system

· Gutters & downspouts

PLUMBING

· Interior water supply and distribution system

· Faucets and fixtures

· Drain, waste and vent systems

· Water heaters, venting, flues, TPR piping

· Fuel supply distribution and storage systems

· Drainage sumps, sump pumps and related piping

ELECTRICAL

· Service drop

· Service entrance conductors, cables and raceways

· Service equipment and main disconnects

· Service grounding

· Interior components of service and sub panels

· Conductors - wire gauge, material

· Over current protection devices

· Lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles

· Ground fault circuit interrupters

HEATING

· Installed heating equipment

· Gas and Electric furnaces

· Vent systems, flues and chimneys

AIR CONDITIONING

· Central air conditioning

· Condenser units

· Ductwork and distribution

INTERIOR

· Walls, ceilings and floors

· Steps, stairways, balconies and railings.

· Countertops and cabinets

· Interior doors and windows

· Garage passage doors and vehicle doors and safety mechanisms

INSULATION AND VENTILATION

· Visible insulation and vapor barriers

· Ventilation of attics and foundation areas

· Ridge vents and soffit vents

· Mechanical ventilation systems

FIRE PLACES AND SOLID BURNING APPLIANCES

· System components

· Vent systems, flues and chimneys