WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY COMPLETE HOME INSPECTION
A home inspection is a physical, non-invasive, examination of the home and it’s components. I actually go above and beyond what is required by the SOP of InterNACHI, The State of NY, and other organizations for your home inspection. Below, you will see examples of only some of the things in your home that I inspect. I include a “limited” thermal scan with every home inspection.
During the Thermal Imaging Inspection, I will employ an infrared camera to look for hidden moisture in the most vulnerable areas of the home, with specific focus on basements, and ceilings directly under roofs and bathrooms. My findings and recommendations, as well as thermal images, will be documented in a detailed report and provided to the client within one business day of the inspection.
I believe that knowledge is power, especially when it comes to one of life’s biggest investments: the home. My decision to offer Thermal Imaging Inspections reflects this core concept. Using infrared technology allows me to provide my clients and real estate partners with a more comprehensive assessment and detailed report.
For further information on what else I inspect in a standard inspection, please feel free to contact me.
Exterior and Structural
- Vegetation and Foundation
- Irrigation Controller
- Structural Components
- Grading and Drainage
- Decks, Porches, and Patios
- Walkways and Driveways
- Windows and Doors
- Garages and Fireplaces
- Outlet and Wiring Testing
- Electric Service and Sub-Panels
- GFCI and AFCI Outlet Testing
- Grounding and Bonding
- Breakers and Fuses
- Electrical Wiring
- Water Service Type
- Locate Main Shut-off Valve
- Faucets (Interior and Exterior)
- Water Heater
- Toilets and Bidets
- Drains and Traps
Heating and Cooling
- Heating and Cooling System Air Handlers (FAU)
- A/C Condenser
- Ducts and Vents
- Refrigerant Lines
- Evaporative Coils
- Condensing Coils
- A representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them
- Floors, walls and ceilings
- Stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps
- Railings, guards and handrails
- Garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage door openers, using normal operating controls.
- Leak test on microwave oven
- All “installed” kitchen appliances.
What To Expect With Your Home Inspection
- Upon initial contact, we will discuss your home inspection needs and concerns, and mutually decide what services you need, such as a home inspection with an air quality or mold test, or a complete thermal evaluation for example. Then I will ask for a description of the property, for example, how many rooms there are, square footage, or if there are any outbuildings or detached garages with electrical service that will be included in the inspection.
- We will then set an appointment that is convenient for you. On site we will cover the following items:
- We will review the Home Inspection Agreement together and review what is involved in the inspection, and your specific concerns, if any.
- We start the home inspection by examining the property in a logical and orderly method,together when possible. I believe in including you in the inspection for a one-on-one experience.
- The “average” inspection takes 3-4 hours. However, the inspection may be longer, as some homes may have more issues, and I also want to make sure all of your questions are answered.
- I will then inspect all the major components in the home with you present if possible.
- After the inspection we will review the inspection information and discuss any of your questions or concerns.
- Your easy-to-read report will include detailed descriptions and digital photos and videos that explain any problems I’ve found. Your electronic report will be available online within 24 hours for convenient access and download, and my job isn’t finished until you understand everything in it.
- You’ll also receive a free home maintenance manual packed with useful information on maintaining your new home.!
I use the latest tools and technology to get the most accurate results possible. I encourage you to attend your inspection so that I can describe my process, explain my findings, point out important maintenance items, and answer all of your questions.
Armed with my detailed home inspection report, you can make an informed decision about whether the problems I discover are worth fixing or walking away from—whether the good outweighs the bad. It will also give you negotiating power with the seller.