WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
Professional and Reliable Light Commercial Property and Home Inspection Services in Buffalo & WNY
A property inspection or a home inspection is NOT a pass or fail. It can help educate you on your property, therefore giving you an opportunity to learn about your investment. The process normally takes roughly 2.5 to 4 hours to complete. You will receive a personal walk through of the property noting our findings while answering any question you may have as well. Within 36 hours you will receive the narrative and digital inspection report via email, which is a very detailed report loaded with pictures and notations.
YOUR PROPERTY INSPECTION REPORT
An inspector will visually inspect entry ways, foundations, siding and porches looking for such symptoms of trouble as obvious signs of rot or insect damage (although this is not a substitute for a pest inspection), settlement, and cracks in foundations. Inspectors will usually probe the sill or (the wooden support that sits on the foundation and into which the framing is fastened) and framing where it is exposed, to test for soft or hollow spots caused by rot. The basement or crawlspace should be checked for indications of cracks, previous water intrusion, and signs of structural problems.
Includes a visual assessment of decks, balconies, siding, eaves, soffits and fascias. An inspector will look at the grading of the land around the house for obvious drainage problems, and check walkways and driveways for apparent deterioration or safety concerns. The inspector will also visually inspect vegetation surrounding the house for obvious problems such as the intrusion of roots near the foundation or buried utilities or overgrowth that might promote excess humidity or contribute to security issues. Electric garage door openers should be checked to confirm they are in compliance with current safety standards. The inspection does not include outbuildings, fences, or any evaluation of hydraulic or geologic conditions.
The inspector may walk the roof, inspect from a ladder at eaves, or may rely on binoculars to check portions of the roof visible from the ground. The estimated age of a roof might be as good an indicator of its condition. The inspector will report on the roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations (for vents and flues).
A plumbing inspection consists of testing the interior water supply and distribution system including water flow, water heating equipment, and fuel components. The inspector will flush toilets to check for leaks and run all faucets to assess water pressure and the immediacy and volume of available hot water.
Electrical System Inspection
The inspector should check for over current protections, grounding, and the presence of any aluminum wiring or knob and tube wiring. The inspector normally removes the face of the electrical box if it is safe to do so. The inspector should also check a representative number of switches and outlets in the house. The inspector should note the adequacy of smoke detectors if the local jurisdiction does not require a separate inspection by the local fire department before the deed transfers.
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
No matter the time of year the furnace should be tested by turning up the thermostat and checking the response. Air conditioning cannot be checked if the ambient outdoor temperature is below a certain point. If the energy source is oil an inspector will check the condition of the tank and any visible lines running from the tank to the furnace. Ductwork and distribution systems will also be visually inspected.
The interior inspection includes a visual scan of floors, walls and ceilings for signs of damage, water intrusion, or sagging. Stairways and railings will be checked for safety. Accessible windows and doors will be inspected for condition and ease of operation. The inspector should look at countertops and a representative number of the cabinet interiors and drawers for condition and integrity.
Ventilation & Insulation
The inspector should check insulation and vapor barriers in unfinished areas of the attic and in the foundation area and look for the presence and operation of any mechanical ventilation systems in the attic and other high humidity areas such as kitchens and bath. Insulation should be checked where visible for proper installation and thickness. The inspector will report on visible ventilation methods.
The inspector will usually test a dishwasher and will check the stove burners to make sure each is operating properly. If other appliances such as a microwave or garbage disposal are to be included in the purchase these will sometimes be checked to make sure they are at least in operating condition. Ovens, washers, and dryers will not be tested.
Fireplaces, particularly in older homes, are a frequent source of problems. Inspectors should check for the integrity of the flue, proper draft, any blockages in the chimney (even a birds nest can be a major problem), and will visually inspect, as much as possible, the exterior of the chimney for damage to bricks, pointing, and flashing. Level 2 inspections are normally recommended afterwards.
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Providing property and home inspection in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Dunkirk, Springville, Arcade, Batavia, and Western New York.
Scott Mack CPI
Home Inspector / Mold Assessor
NYS Home Inspector License
Your Preferred Certified Veteran Home Inspector in WNY!