General Home Inspection

A home inspection is a visual examination of the major systems and components of a dwelling performed to the American Society of Home Inspectors Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Structural System

Foundation;Basement; Crawlspace; Framing; Roof Structure


Exterior wall coverings, flashings and trim; doors, decks balconies, stoops, steps porches, railings;eaves soffits and fascias; vegetation grading surface drainage and retaining walls; walkways patios and driveways.

Roof System

Roof coverings; drainage system; flashing; skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations.

Plumbing System

Interior water supply and distibution systems, fixtures and faucets; drain waste and vent systems. Water heating equipment;; vent systems; flues and chimneys; drainage sumps and related piping.

Electrical System

Service Drop: service entrance conductors, cables and raceways; service equipment and main disconnects; service grounding, conductors, overcurrent protction devices; lighting fixtures, switches and recepticals; ground fault circuit interrupters.

Heating System

Installed heating equipment; vents, flues and chimneys.

Air Conditioning Systems

Central air conditioning; through wall units.


Walls, ceilings, floors; steps, stairways and railings; coutnertops and cabinets; doors and windows; garage doors and operators

Insulation and Ventilation

Insulation and vapor retarders; ventilation of attics and foundation areas; mechanical ventilation systems.

Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances

Vent systems, flues and chimneys

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