As a NACHI-certified professional home inspector, I have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with a thorough and professional, non-intrusive, visual inspection, from the roof to the foundation. You are encouraged to attend the home inspection so I can discuss my findings with you.
Sprinkler system connections to potable water supply, earth conditions near the foundation, fences, patios, porches, drives, decks, railings, retaining walls, drainage, etc.
Roof condition and potential problems, gutters, downspouts, flashing, siding, garage doors, windows, doors, trim, vents, skylights, penetrations, chimney, eaves, fascia
Fireplace, chimneys, gas lines, heat exchanger, evaporator/condenser, compressor, combustion air, ducting & registers, etc.
Visible gas and water lines, water heater, laundry, faucets & valves, drains, pumps, etc.
Panels, wire sizes, service drop, grounding, GFCI circuits, outlets, etc.
Shower/tub, sinks, toilets, faucets, flooring, walls, ceilings, tile, counter tops, mirrors, water lines, etc.
Water damage, walls, ceilings, flooring, firewalls, smoke alarms, railings, cabinets, doors, etc.
Oven, dishwasher, flooring, sinks, faucets, drains, lighting, disposal, compactor, cabinets, etc.
Foundation, basement or crawl-space, framing members, insulation, ventilation, bracing, etc.
Pool, spa, deck, fences, GFCI circuits, heaters, pumps, filters, timers, blowers, etc.
Review of Standards of Practice at www.nachi.org/sop.htm
Much of what I find is maintenance recommendations, life expectancy, and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about and can help to maintain the integrity of the home for years to come; however, the issues that are most important should be addressed as soon as possible. Often times a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively. Most sellers are surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection and are willing to fix them.
Some situations require a more in-depth look at the problem that is not part of a visual inspection. In these cases, I will recommend that a licensed professional in the specific field (ie. Electrician) be called out to offer a second opinion. It is important to remember that a home inspection is a visual inspection.
Sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the inspection report. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address maintenance items or conditions already listed on the disclosure page of the real estate agreement.
Here is what I inspect: