Strength and shape of the home are provided by the structure. The two main components of the structure are the foundation and framing system. Each of these components are critical in providing the building with long lasting comfort and stability. Major defects in the structure can be extensive, and very costly to repair.
The roof is designed to protect all the components of the building. There are numerous roof styles and materials. Each style and material is inspected carefully for, wear, leaks, defects and other deficiencies. Roof problems that go undetected can cause serious harm to other components of the house. Styles and types are dictated by location, age and preference. We carefully evaluate the condition of the materials, and document any defects which need repair or replacement.
A comfortable and safe living environment is provided by the mechanical systems. Each system has many components, and there are many types of systems. We evaluate the condition and age of system in the home, and test for possible deficiencies that may require a licensed contractor to repair or replace components.
Plumbing involves the installation, maintenance and alteration of piping, fixtures, appliances and accessories in connection with sanitary or storm drainage facilities, venting systems and public or private water supply systems. A plumbing system consists of three systems. Water supply, drain waste and venting, fixtures and equipment. We inspect and operate all fixtures, run water through the plumbing system, checking the overall condition of the system. Leaking pipes, dripping valves, clogged pipes, corrosion, reversed hot and cold water supplies. Limited hot water or inadequate water pressure are indications of a defective plumbing system.
The attic of the building is the upper most portion of the dwelling, which still remains on the interior. Attics are often used by homeowners for storage, and sometimes finished for additional living space if construction style allows, and unfortunately even when it doesn’t. We inspect attics very carefully for the quality of the construction, the insulation, past water intrusion, venting, pest or rodent entry and exposed electrical wiring hazards. We inspect for hidden signs that indicate problems, as well as safety concerns.
The interior components are protected by the exterior of the building. Exterior components include; roof, siding, trim, doors, windows, garage, decks, patios, gutters & downspouts, and the landscape around the foundation. Each of these items are inspected for the condition and how it relates to the dwelling. Defects of exterior components such as windows, doors and siding can affect other component of the home.
Interior components of the home include all the various rooms and related items. This is a very important part of the inspection, because symptoms of larger problems are often visible in the various rooms of the home. Settling can be noticed in the floors and walls. Roof or plumbing leaks may be found at the ceilings. Poor quality workmanship on distribution systems such as electrical, heating & cooling or plumbing can be noticed when we inspect each and every room thoroughly.
The kitchen is often considered the heart and soul of the home. This is where the majority of the American public spends most of their time. Kitchens which were installed using substandard materials and products will be a source of expensive future upgrades. Poor quality or worn cabinets and counters may require expensive upgrades or repair. Complete kitchen renovation is very expensive. It is typical to spend more than $15,000 on a new kitchen. Recent cosmetic repairs will be carefully examined to determine the quality of work, and whether or not they were done to mask a more serious problem. We will look for water damage around the sink, in the cabinets, around the dishwasher, behind the refrigerator, as well as electrical ground fault circuit protection, and safety related items.
The bathrooms of a home can be the most expensive areas to replace or refurbish. With simple caulking or grouting of the tub and shower areas, expensive repairs can be avoided. Many future homeowners underestimate the cost of bathroom renovation, because of underlying defects which require repairs. Outdated bathrooms can often be updated at a reasonable cost by upgrading shower enclosures, sink vanities and other related items. We inspect carefully all areas including the tub and shower areas, and around the toilet in particular. These areas are more prone to hidden water damage. We will advise you of potential hidden defects, which could cost you money to repair or replace.
Inspection of the areas surrounding the home are very important. We inspect grading, drainage, patios, landscaping, retaining walls and any alterations which affect the proper drainage of water away from the foundation. Fences, trees and vegetation which may have an effect on the building, and all other items as they relate to the exterior of the home. Patios and surrounding soil should be pitched away from the foundation, to keep the foundation free of ponding water which will have a very adverse effect on the structure of the building. Trees and vegetation need to be kept away the house, to prevent damage to the foundation from root growth, possibly present a safety hazard, or attract wood destroying insects.
Inspection of gates and exterior entrance doors of the property are the most important aspect of pool ownership. All exterior gates and doors require self closing devices installed, and operate correctly for child safety. Electrical distribution systems are very important to inspect correctly for problems which could be life threatening. All pool electrical equipment must be installed using ground fault protection. Cracks which need a contractor to repair can be a significant concern. We help you understand the maintenance which is required for pool ownership, and how to get many years of enjoyment out of your investment.