When you are a homeowner looking to keep your property running at the highest standards, it pays to have an inspection team that regularly comes to your home. There are also other reasons that homeowners will call us for a home inspection checklist to tailor the list to their specific needs. A home inspection checklist is important because the list of services we include with our visits as professionals are extensive. Our tests are conducted with the highest standards, and we are thorough with our work as ASHI certified technicians. The end result is that you know if your home can expect upcoming repairs, or needs other adjustments to save you money on your utility bills. Once you have all of the test results back, you will know which way you need to organize your budget to take care of problems before they become emergencies. This all starts with one call to your local home inspectors about their checklist and other details about their services.
What happens during a home inspection?
Many homeowners will find they do not even realize the home inspector showed up until they come home and see the service notice left on the doorknob. We are professionals that have been trained in contractor backgrounds, but we have the courtesy to leave your home in the same way we found it. Naturally, if we discover bigger issues during our home inspection, we will let you know about them before we start making repairs. Most customers find they do not need to be home for an inspection, and the testing does not cause cosmetic damage except in rare cases.
A basic home inspection checklist
When you need a home inspection, there is a long list of services you can choose from. On the basic checklist for an initial inspection, there will be specific areas that a trained professional will cover. For instance, there are serious home inspection targeted issues such as anything that will cause a health or safety issue. They will also take time to check your roof, look at the furnace or HVAC, see if your foundation has any deficiencies, check the drainage on the property, see if there is any asbestos and look for moisture issues. Depending on the area you live, the home inspector will also check for certain types of rodents, microorganisms like mold or mildew, see if your structure has wood destroying organisms, and do basic test for lead. There may also be a focus on radon, formaldehyde, radiation or methane if you live in an area where these problems persist.
Intensive home inspection checklist
Once the basics have been taken care of, your home inspector has other checklists that are specific to certain areas of the property. For example, exterior evaluation and structural elements are two intensive areas of home inspection that might be omitted from the initial visit. To get a better idea of these types of services, read through the descriptions below.
The integrity and structure of the building – If you want to ensure your home is structurally sound, you will need an inspector that can check the foundation for cracks. There will also need to be tests if there has been a fire on the property or a major roof leak that led to interior damage. Other areas to test for structural integrity include the foundation, floors, roof, ceilings and wall.
Evaluating the exteriors – Have you ever wondered about the condition of the walls under the siding or terracotta? If you need an evaluation of your landscaping, grading, driveways, fencing, doors, outdoor lights, windows, trim, drainage or outside walls, a home inspection can help.
Accessing the top areas of your home – It is easy to make observations about the condition of your home throughout the day, but it is often dangerous to attempt to regularly accessed your roof or attic to see if it needs repairs. In addition, there are hidden pieces of HVAC equipment that may need professional inspection. This includes flashing, attic fans, gutters, ventilation and framing. The end result of these types of inspections is knowing how much energy your attic is wasting because your roof may need to be replaced in the near future.
Water, sewers, drainage, plumbing and wells – Having clean drinking water and keeping your water bill as low as possible begin with having all of the related equipment inspected. For example, sewer inspection often reveals a homeowner is inadvertently paying for their neighbors bill in addition to their own. Other aspects to this area of the home inspection checklist include checking pipes, drains, vent pipes, faucets, traps, sinks, showers and toilets. Other water-related items that can be checked are wells, cesspools, cisterns and irrigation equipment.
Electrical components – Do you have solar panels installed in your home? Along with checking high-tech equipment, there are various types of exhaust fans, ceiling fans, fuses, light fixtures, security lights, security cameras, circuit breakers, electrical panels and grounding to check. There are also appliances that are wired into the main grid that will need special consideration in a basic home inspection checklist.
Appliances and other electrical fixtures – Any item in your home that draws a great deal of electricity will need to be checked carefully. For example, you may not know how to access the outlet or power cord for your dishwasher, oven, built-in microwave, smoke detector or garbage disposals. Other electrical fixtures that will need to be checked by a home inspector are the water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning units, and ductwork. Due to fire safety laws, chimneys, fireplaces or sprinklers will need special consideration and other types of certified contractors to complete an extensive home inspection checklist.
Why is a home inspection DIY kit not enough?
If you are curious about the condition of your home, you may have bought a home inspection DIY kit online. Many of these kits will cover specific areas of your home, and they provide a laboratory to send in the results. Unfortunately, many customers find the laboratory results difficult to follow, and they may not know what to do with negative results. Fortunately, as home inspectors, we can look through the data you have already collected and help you understand what steps you might need to take. For example, if you get test results that show you have contamination in your water system, we are more than happy to do our own tests and help you to understand how the problem can be fixed.
What happens if my house fails inspection?
In extreme situations, a customer will be told that their house needs significant improvement before it is considered habitable. In these situations, we will help you identify the types of contractors you will need to create solutions. While most customers find they are not going to need more extensive services, the home inspections will help homeowners understand which areas of the home are over-consuming utilities.
Why is ASHI important for home inspections?
Like any type of contractor services, home inspection has a certification program on the national level. This ensures that home inspections have government approval, and this means the documents they create are valid. This is a critical step if you need to create documentation that will help you to win a case in a court of law. This type of documentation created by a professional certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is also commonly used to get lower homeowners insurance premiums or other discounts.
Where do I get a home inspection checklist and ASHI inspector?
Your search for full-service home inspector services begins here. Whether you have a small test you need for your water, plumbing, air quality, other utilities or a full property inspection, we are here to help. We also give helpful advice about other types of upgrades you may need and testing equipment to install in your home. To get started, give us a call today. Thank you in advance for choosing us and we look forward to hearing from you.