What Systems We Inspect

We inspect “normally visible” elements of the systems described below without disturbing, destroying, or dismantling anything. No information contained within this website shall be construed to amend in whole or in part any portion of, or be an addendum to, a signed Standard Residential Inspection Agreement or our Standards of Practice (SOP).

1. Roof Covering

1. Covering
2. Drainage
3. Flashings
4. Penetrations
5. Skylights

2. Structure

1. Foundation system
2. Floor framing system
3. Under-floor ventilation
4. Foundation anchoring and cripple wall bracing
5. Wood separation from soil
6. Insulation

3. Plumbing

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This is only a sample Diagram. We do not inspect inside any walls
or inside of any pipe. We only inspect normally visible plumbing
parts and fixtures and elements of deficiencies. For more information
view the “Please Note:” section at the bottom of this page.

1. Water supply piping
2. Drain, waste, and vent piping
3. Faucets and fixtures
4. Fuel gas piping
5. Water heaters
6. Functional flow and functional drainage

4. Electrical

1. Service equipment
2. Electrical panels
3. Circuit wiring
4. Switches, receptacles, outlets, and lighting fixtures

7. Heating and Cooling

1. Heating equipment
2. Central cooling equipment
3. Energy source and connections
4. Combustion air and exhaust vent systems
5. Condensate drainage
6. Conditioned air distribution systems

8. Attic Areas and Roof Framing

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1. Framing
2. Ventilation
3. Insulation

9. Exterior

1. Surface grade directly adjacent to the buildings
2. Doors and windows
3. Attached decks, porches, patios, balconies, stairways, and their enclosures, handrails and guardrails.
4. Wall cladding and trim
5. Portions of walkways and driveways that are adjacent to the buildings
6. Pool or spa drowning prevention features, for the sole purpose of identifying which, if any, are present

10. Fireplaces and Chimneys

1. Chimney exterior
2. Spark arrestor
3. Firebox
4. Damper
5. Hearth extension

11. Building Interior

1. Visible portions of walls, ceilings, and floors
2. Doors and windows
3. Stairways, handrails, and guardrails
4. Permanently installed cabinets
5. Permanently installed cook-tops, mechanical range vents, ovens, dishwashers, and food waste disposals
6. Absence of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
7. Vehicle doors and openers

Please note:
No home inspector is approved to make holes in walls, remove outlet coverings, or to alter any system of the house. We look at what can normally be seen without disturbing, destroying, or dismantling anything. The real estate inspection performed for clients is a survey and basic operation of the systems and components of a building, which can be reached, entered, or viewed without difficulty, moving obstructions, or requiring any action, which may result in damage to the property or personal injury to the Inspector. The purpose of the inspection is to provide the Client with information regarding the general condition of the building(s).

For a full list of systems to be inspected, exceptions, and definitions please review our Standards of Practice (SOP) documentation.