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What does a typical inspection include?
 
My inspections meet and or exceed the New York State standards for home inspection.  Many different tools are used in conjunction with my visual skills while inspecting, one example being the use of a Thermal Imaging camera.
 
Every standard inspection we perform includes a Wood Destroying Insect inspection and report (termite) and a Phase A Septic Evaluation (if applicable).
 
Below is a very general overview as to what can be a part of an inspection - Please remember every situation is unique, if you have a concern about a particular feature for the home you are interested in purchasing, kindly discuss that with our office and we are sure we can answer whatever questions you may have! 


1. Grounds – The grounds surrounding the home including grading, driveways, sidewalks, decks, retaining walls, porches, fences and gates are observed for general condition and safety. Signs conducive to wood destroying insects are observed.
 
2. Exterior – The report will include assessment and type of exterior stairs, walls, trim, gutters and down spouts, exterior spigots, and general structural integrity of the chimney including the top of the chimney.
 
3. Foundation - The inspector will observe and evaluate the general slope of site including the grading for drainage of soil at the foundation. The type and condition of the foundations floors, walls, lally columns, girders, and floor structure will also be evaluated.
 
4. Roof – The roof type and style are noted. The roof flashing/s, vent caps, and skylights are evaluated for general condition, structural integrity and safety.  
 
5. Plumbing - Plumbing components throughout the building will be tested and reviewed for type and condition.
 
6 & 7. Heating/Cooling – The condition of the systems and it’s venting, combustion air, burners, distribution, and air filters will all be evaluated in accordance with the standards of practice.
 
8. Electrical – The electrical service, main panel, and wiring in the building will be evaluated. The electrical panel will be evaluated by observing electrical connections and over-current protection devices. A sampling of electrical outlets will be tested.
 
9. Interior – The interior floors, walls, ceiling, doors and windows are evaluated for condition. A sampling of doors and windows will be tested for operation. Ceiling fans and smoke detectors will be tested for operation. Laundry facilities will be evaluated. The attic is inspected for adequacy of ventilation, insulation, integrity of framing, and evidence of weather. 

10. Garage  The garage door operators are tested for reversing capabilities. Cautions are addressed for fire rating and carbon monoxide (CO) gases. The garage is evaluated for structural integrity and the electrical components are evaluated for electrical safety.

11. Kitchen – Plumbing and electrical for the kitchen sink, disposal, dishwasher, as well as, ground fault circuit interrupters, range, hood, and fans. Integrity of cabinets and countertop.

12. Bathrooms – Plumbing appliances are checked for functionality and general condition in the visible and accessible areas. Integrity of tub/shower enclosure.  Adequacy of ventilation and safety of electrical outlets is also checked.