The structure of your home is what gives it shape and strength.
The most commonly asked questions of a professional home inspector are
related to evulating the condition of the structure.
The two main components of the structure are the foundation and
the framing system.
Each of these components are critical in providing the building with long
lasting comfort and stability. Major defects in the structure can be very
expensive and extensive to repair.
The roof is part
of the exterior but requires more individual attention. It is designed
to protect all the components of the dwelling. There are many roof styles
and finished materials. Each style and material is inspected carefully
for leaks, wear, defects and other deficiencies.
Roofing problems that go undetected can cause serious harm to other components
of the building.
Your inspector will carefully evaluate the condition of the material used,
note defects, and discuss the possible remaining life expectancy of the
The mechanical system of the dwelling are
designed to provide a comfortable and safe living environment. Each system
has many components and ther are many types of each system.
An inspector's skill and experience are used to evaluate the safe operational
condition of each system and to report any defects discovered. The mechanical
systems emcompass the entire dwelling and exterior portions.
Your inspectors unique training, skills and experience will seperate him
in these areas from untrained or inexperienced inspectors.
of the building includes: siding, trim, gutters and downspouts, decks,
garage, roof, windows, patios, stoops, grounds, and related items.
Each of these items is inspected not only for it's condition, but how
it relates to the dwelling.
Defects in exterior components such as siding and windows can greatly
affect other components of the home.
The exterior of the building is designed to protect the interior from
The interior of
the home includes all various rooms and related items, which are not covered
in other aspects of your home inspection on the interior of the dwelling.
The inspector will go through every room including all visible and accessible
areas of your home. This is very important because symptoms of larger
problems are often visible in various rooms.
Settling can be noticed in floors & walls. Roof or plumbing leaks may
be noticed on ceilings and floors. Poor workmanship may be visible on
items such as heat convection and outlets.
Cosmetic items such as worn paint and old carpeting may indicate a general
lack of maintenence.
When a home is in need of a lot of cosmetic work, your inspector has already
seen a red flag.
Recently performed cosmetic work is also carefully inspected to determine
if it has been done to conceal deeper & more extensive problems.