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What gets evaluated in a Home Inspection?

Grounds:  Paved areas, retaining walls, decks and stairs, fences, and site drainage
Exterior:  Siding and trim, spigots, earth and wood contact, downspouts and drainage
Foundation:  Type of construction, general condition, displacement, drainage and moisture
Structure:  Framing methods and condition, notching and boring of members, bearing surfaces, floor rigidity
Roof:  Materials and condition, flashings, chimneys, vents, gutters and deck integrity
Plumbing:  Water main, overall condition and materials of supply and waste lines, functional flow and drainage, water heater, and fuel supply
HVAC:  Type of units, fuel supply, condition, distribution, BTU output, burner flame quality, combustion air availability, exhaust venting, gas leaks
Electrical:  Service entrance, main panel, sub-panels, over-current devices, grounding, GFCI’s, wiring methods, switches and receptacles
Interior: Condition of walls, ceilings and flooring materials, moisture penetration, smoke detectors, permanent appliances, stair railing and other safety issues
Kitchen:  Sink plumbing, garbage disposal, dishwasher, cabinets and counters, stove and oven
Bath:  Toilet flow and stability, sink plumbing, tub and shower for flow and drainage, leaks and moisture damage


This is just a short list of covered components.  In a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home, there are 76 systems and over 400 items evaluated!