How we inspect it

 

INSPECTION PACKAGE

It's not only what you inspect but
“HOW YOU INSPECT IT”.

Here is where the men are separated from the boys!

 

WE DON'T JUST INSPECT

"WE INVESTIGATE”

You judge for yourself.

 

            AREA                                     GENERAL CONCERNS

1. GROUNDS


     

  • Driveway                    type, condition cracks, potholes 
  • Walkways                   offsets,safety hazards
  • Stairs, steps               riser/tread ratio, landings, railings
  • Vegetation                  tree safety, shrubbery, location

  • Decks/porches          construction, stairs, railings, gates

  • Utilities                      gas main, grounds lighting

  • Patios                         cracks, offsets, settling, drainage

  • Retaining walls          stability, height

  • Bulkhead                   stairs, bilco, foundation

     

2. EXTERIORS

 

  • Siding and trim          installation, decay, details, flashings

  • Doors                         installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Windows                    installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Eaves/overhangs       flashing, extension, venting

  • Paint                          failure, peeling

     

3. GARAGE

     

  • Foundation                stability, slab or frost wall

  • Floor                           cracks, settling, surface condition

  • Frame                        construction, strength, support

  • Firewall                      placement, containment

  • Roof                            type, age, condition

  • Electrical                   panel, safety, receptacles, lighting,

  • Doors                         installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Windows                    installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Overhead door           installation, type, glass, seals, operator

 

4. STRUCTURE

 

  • Foundation                type, stability, cracks, water penetration

  • Slabs                          cracks, surface, water seepage

  • Beams & Girders       construction, strength, support

  • Posts                          type, spacing, decay, rust

  • Floors                         type, condition, decay

  • Walls                          depth, insulation

  • Attic                           frame, insulation, chimney, venting, fans

  • Roof                           type, age, condition

 

5. BASEMENT/CRAWLSPACE

 

  • Insulation                  type, condition, placement, effectiveness

  • Windows                     installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Access                        type, headroom

  • Stairs                         riser/tread ratio, landings, railings

  • Drainage                    type, condition, location

  • Finishes                     type, condition

  • Sump pump               installation, electrical, discharge

  • Electrical                   lighting, switches, receptacles

  • Heating                      distribution, placement, effectiveness

  • Ventilation                 type, location, effectiveness              


6. ELECTRICAL

 

  • Service                       type, tree obstructions, height

  • Meter pack                 installation, disconnect, grounding, corrosion

  • Service panels            safety, workmanship, grounding, corrosion

  • Capacity                     adequate

  • Breakers                    type, condition, sizing, corrosion

  • Wiring                        type, condition, workmanship

  • Receptacles                installation, location, wiring configuration

  • GFCI                          operation, location, wiring

  • AFCI                           operation, location, wiring

  • Fixtures(luminares)  operation, location


7. PLUMBING

 

  • Service                       type, size, location, valving

  • Piping                         size, workmanship, corrosion, leaks

  • Drains                        size, workmanship, corrosion, leaks

  • Vents                         type, location, effectiveness

  • Hose bibbs                 type, condition, location, protection


8. HOT WATER HEATING

  • Enclosure                  installation, corrosion, leaks

  • Piping                         size, workmanship, corrosion, leaks

  • Power                         wiring, grounding

  • Combustion               firing, CO, drafting

  • Venting                      type, condition, clearances



9. CENTRAL HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING


  • Method                      type, adequacy

  • Enclosure                   installation, corrosion

  • Size                            adequacy

  • Power                         safety, workmanship, grounding

  • Fuel                           piping, valves, workmanship

  • Tanks                         type, condition, piping, corrosion, leaks

  • Combustion               firing, CO, drafting

  • Venting                      type, condition, workmanship, clearances

  • Distribution               type, installation, workmanship

  • Plumbing                   piping, valving

  • Electrical                   120v circuits, low voltage circuits, sensors

  • Air quality                  filtering

  • Compressor               location, installation, disconnect

  • Coil                            location, drain pan, corrosion, condensate


10. SUPPLEMENTAL HEATING
 

  • Fireplace                    structure, clearances, damper

  • Woodstove                  condition, clearances, vent connector

  • Space heater             fuel, vent, clearances, operation

  • Power                         safety, workmanship, grounding

  • Tanks                         type, condition, piping, corrosion, leaks

  • Combustion               firing, CO, drafting

     

11. KITCHEN
 

  • Cabinets                    type, adequacy, installation, condition
  • GCounters                 type, installation, condition
  • Appliances                 type, operation, condition

  • Ventilation                 type, operation, condition

  • Plumbing                   sinks, piping, valves, fixtures, workmanship

  • Electrical                    lighting, receptacles, fans

  • GFCI                          operation, location, wiring

  • Heating                      type, location

  • Doors                         installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Windows                    installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Venting                      type, condition, workmanship, clearances

  • Floors/walls/ceilings type, condition, workmanship



12. BEDROOMS
 

  • Cabinets                    type, installation, condition
  • Counters                   type, installation, condition

  • Electrical                    lighting, receptacles, fans

  • SD/CO detectors        type, operation, location

  • Heating                      type, location

  • Doors                         installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Windows                    installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Floors/walls/ceilings type, condition, workmanship

  • Closets                       condition, doors

  • Fireplace/heater        type, condition, safety, operation, clearances

     

13. BATHROOM

  • Cabinets                    type, installation, condition

  • Counters                   type, installation, condition

  • Ventilation                 type, operation, condition

  • Plumbing                   piping, valves, faucets, workmanship

  • Fixtures                     installation, condition, operation

  • Electrical                   lighting, receptacles
  • GFCI                          operation, location, wiring
  • Heating                      type, location

  • Doors                         installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Windows                    installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Floors/walls/ceilings type, condition, workmanship, tiling


14. LAUNDRY

  • Cabinets                    installation, condition
  • Counters                    installation, condition

  • Ventilation                 dryer vent, material, condition, damper

  • Plumbing                   piping, valves, fixtures, workmanship

  • Sink                           installation, condition, operation

  • Electrical                    lighting, receptacles

  • GFCI                          operation, location, wiring

  • Heating                      type, location

  • Doors                         installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Windows                    installation, type, glass, frame, seals

  • Floors/walls/ceilings type, condition, workmanship, tiling


    "NOW THAT. . . . IS A LIST”