Pre-Purchase Home Inspection Services - Home Buyers
This type of inspection is typically utilized by someone purchasing a home, townhome or condo. It organizes information into the eight major systems in the home:
The structure of the building is identified here in terms of materials used, type of construction, and the degree to which various areas are accessible to the inspector. Significant subcomponents, such as foundation type, framing materials, etc. are listed, as well as their idiosyncrasies. The inspector also checks for major or minor problems in the various structural systems of the building, including the foundation, floor, wall, and roof framing.
The existing electrical system is checked for sufficient capacity and safety. The inspector evaluates the system in terms of its current condition, and considers its suitability for future intended use. Upgrades and repairs are recommended where appropriate.
Heating & Air Conditioning:
The inspector assesses the capability of the existing equipment to produce comfortable conditions. By considering the age of the existing equipment and the operational condition, the inspector can approximate the life expectancy and recommend appropriate repairs or upgrades within a budget.
The piping and fixtures though out the house are checked for functional flow and life expectancies. The system is screened for unsanitary conditions and potential repairs, such as freeze vulnerability or spillage/overflow. The laundry equipment, tile work, and domestic water heating equipment are surveyed as well.
Water Seepage probabilities and structural problems are evaluated and remediation advice is given. The inspector looks for possible problem areas that could cause structural problems, such as poor soil, surface drainage, close proximity tree roots, rotating stoops, etc.
The appliances are operated and deficiencies noted. Depending on age and usefulness, the inspector may suggest a budget for repairs from complete renovation to typical minor problems such as appliance malfunctions, damage to floor seams, or inoperative door springs.
The inspector scans the wall, floor, and ceiling surfaces for problematic conditions, such as visible evidence of water penetration, potentially dangerous or toxic materials, fire hazards, or security breaches.
The inspector may walk on the roof or view it from the edge (where safe and appropriate) and notes preservation deficiencies. Roof runoff controls and landscape drainage are checked and improvements are recommended where necessary. Stoops, steps, walks, and drives are checked for voids, surface problems, and safety hazards.