Even a routine walk to the mailbox every day can be an obstacle course if you have broken pavement or potholes in your path. An independent home inspector considers the safe ingress and egress to and from your home to be one of the most essential elements of your home ownership experience.
The driveway is the place where you most often meet and greet neighbors, loved ones, and other visitors. The independent home inspector observes and inspects the driveway for safety concerns.
The sidewalk to the front stoop or porch should practically shout "Welcome!"- and not "Watch Your Step!" Very often, the front sidewalk falls prey to encroachment from landscaping excesses or roof drainage problems. An independent home inspector will point out to you the importance of a good roof drainage system to adequately remove rainwater from the earth surrounding the home's foundation.
Buying a new or existing home is the biggest purchase most people make in their lifetimes. An independent home inspector takes as close a look as possible into the home's structure and all its systems, to find any existing (or potential) problems that might present physical hazards to you and your loved ones, or cost you money and peace of mind. At BuyersHomeInspections.com we start at the roof.
An independent home inspector will look closely at your roof's various components to detect whether they have been installed correctly. A proper roof inspection will uncover even minor defects (such as exposed roofing nail heads and deteriorating plumbing vent stack seals) which eventually will become more obvious as water leaks into your walls and ceilings.
We promise to be diligent and observant, and to report to you in the home inspection report all the things that we find that are not satisfactory.
The home inspector looks at the roof drainage system, to make sure that your home foundation and exterior framing and trim will be safe from the elements.
The home inspector looks at the exterior of the windows and their flashing and trim, to find weather damage problems that most often go unnoticed in everyday use.
The home inspector looks at eaves, rakes, soffits, fascia boards and other features, to detect obvious, hidden, or potential problems.
The home inspector looks at doors and their frames and trim, as well as flashings, thresholds and hardware.
The home inspector looks at all outdoor porches, patios, appurtenances and other amenities, including walkways and steps for safe ingress and egress.
The home inspector looks at trees, shrubs, plants and drainage, to see how they interact with the home and its function.
BuyersHomeInspections.com uses FLIR state of the art thermal imaging to provide clues as to whether there are any active plumbing leaks. The same device then electronically measures surfaces for actual moisture content.
Older pipe materials such as galvanized steel or PB (polybutylene) are brought to the homebuyer's attention, as these archaic pipe materials should be replaced as necessary.
The home inspector takes a closer look at the water heater to assess its probable further lifespan and whether all connections and safety features are adequate.
The home inspector observes and reports the suitability and condition of waste pipes, and reports any substandard conditions.
The home inspector looks at your new home's foundation, on which rest all the other systems in the structure.
The home inspector looks for signs of settlement, or continuous unnecessary exposure to water intrusion, or other deficiencies.
The home inspector will physically reach as far as possible, to observe the foundation's attributes and faults, without exposing the home inspector to vermin, toxins, or other undue risks.
The home inspector observes and inspects the physical attributes of the home's structure, from the basement or crawl space, through the living area above, and up to the attic and roof supports.
The home inspector looks for any signs of previous or ongoing water damage from roof or plumbing leaks; and for any other interior clues as to structural problems related to normal or abnormal settlement.
The home inspector looks at floor coverings, stairways, railings, and all related interior features to assess their adequacy and safety.
The home inspector checks a representative number of windows and doors for operability and functional integrity to ensure safe egress in emergency situations.
The home inspector observes the location of the electrical service entrance, whether overhead or underground, and inspects for general condition, watertight enclosure, and safety issues.
The home inspector inspects the electrical service panel and any sub-panels for general condition and safety aspects. The inspector may remove the deadfront trim to observe and inspect more closely the wiring conductor connections and individual disconnects (breakers) and grounding.
The home inspector tests a representative number of receptacles, switches, and other electrical devices throughout the home, to ensure that the wiring, devices, and covers have been installed properly, and that safety features such as GFCI's and AFCI's are working properly.
The home inspector operates the indoor furnaces or air handlers, as well as the outdoor condensing units or heat pumps, to form an opinion regarding their ability to serve your needs going forward.
The home inspector looks at fireplaces, wood stoves, radiant heating, solar panel arrays, roof vents and fans, whole house fans, or any other alternate fixture for passive or mechanical heating or cooling.
The home inspector observes and reports the type and the adequacy of the attic insulation and floor insulation and vapor retardants, wherever present and visible.