What Do We Inspect?

A Homespect inspection includes the following:

I will conduct a thorough inspection of your home, inside and out. The typical home inspection takes anywhere from 2 1/2 to 4 hours to complete.  (Click each image to view larger)


ExteriorMedford NJ Home Inspector
 

We inspect the siding, flashing and trim; all exterior doors, decks, stoops, steps, stairs, porches, railings, eaves, soffits and fascias; and report as in need of repair any spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles, or rails for steps, stairways, balconies, and railings that permit the passage of an object greater than four inches in diameter. We will check the vegetation, surface drainage and retaining walls when these are likely to adversely affect the structure and describe the exterior wall covering.

 
 
Roofing
 

We walk on all roofs when conditions permit and it is safe for the inspector. We will inspect the condition of the roof coverings, the gutters, downspouts and drainage systems, the vents, flashings, skylights, chimney and other roof penetrations. We inspect the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, attic hatch doors or stairs.

 
 

Marlton NJ home inspector

Foundation and Structure
 

We inspect the foundation, the basement, any accessible crawlspaces and report observed indications of inactive or active water penetration. We pay close attention to wood in contact with or near soil, and report observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as drywall cracks, cracks in masonry, door frames that are out of square, and floor structure issues.

 
 
Electrical

Mount Laurel NJ home InspectorWe inspect the service line, the meter box, the main disconnect and determine the rating of the service amperage. We inspect panels, breakers and fuses, the service grounding and bonding, a representative sampling of switches, receptacles, light fixtures, AFCI receptacles and test all GFCI receptacles and GFCI circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCI’s during the inspection and report on any GFCI-tested receptacles in which power is not present, polarity is incorrect, the receptacle is not grounded, is not secured to the wall, the cover is not in place, the ground fault circuit interrupter devices are not properly installed or do not operate properly, or evidence of arcing or excessive heat is present. We inspect the service entrance conductors and the condition of their sheathing. We report the absence of smoke detectors and report the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring if readily visible.

 


Voorhees NJ home inspector


Heating and Cooling
 

We inspect the the heating system and describe the energy source and heating method using normal operating controls and report as in need of repair furnaces which do not
operate. We in
spect he central cooling equipment using normal operating controls and report on cooling systems that do not function as intended. We inspect the visible distribution methods for deficiencies and visible venting methods for improper or deficient installations.

 
Plumbing
 

We verify the presence of and identify the location of the main water shutoff Valve; inspect the water heating equipment, including combustion air, venting, connections, energy sources, seismic bracing, and verify the presence or absence of temperature-pressure relief valves and/or Watts 210 valves. We flush all toilets, and run water in sinks, tubs, and showers. We inspect the interior water supply including all fixtures and faucets; inspect the drain, waste and vent systems, including all fixtures. We describe any visible fuel storage systems; inspect the drainage sump pumps and test pumps with accessible floats; inspect and describe the water supply, drain, waste and main fuel shut-off valves, as well as the location of the water main and main fuel shut-off valves; inspect and determine if the water supply is public or private; inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously, inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in installation and identification of hot and cold faucets; inspect and report as in need of repair mechanical drain-stops that are missing or do not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; inspect and report as in need of repair commodes that have cracks in the ceramic material, are improperly mounted on the floor, leak, or have tank components which do not operate.

 
Interior
 

We inspect the walls, ceiling, and floors; steps, stairways, balconies, and railings; counters and a representative number of installed cabinets; a representative number of doors and windows; report on signs of abnormal or harmful water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components; garage doors and garage door openers by operating first by remote (if available) and then by the installed automatic door control, and report as in need of repair any installed electronic sensors that are not operable or not installed at proper heights above the garage door, and report as in need of repair any door locks or side ropes that have not been removed or disabled when garage door opener is in use, and report as in need of repair any windows that are obviously fogged or display other evidence of broken seals.

 
Insulation and Ventilation
 

We inspect the insulation in unfinished spaces, such as attics and crawlspaces. We will evaluate the mechanical ventilation systems, and report on the general absence or lack of insulation and ventilation in unfinished spaces