WHAT IS CHECKED DURING AN INSPECTION?
The structural section of the inspection covers the foundation, grading and drainage, roof, attic, walls (interior and exterior), ceilings/floors, doors, windows, stairs, fireplace/chimney, porches/balconies/decks/carports and a section for other.
The electrical section covers the type of service, the main disconnect panel and sub panels, then branch circuits which includes outlets/switches, fixtures, smoke alarms and a section for other.
The HVAC section includes heating, cooling and ductwork.
Plumbing includes water pressure, the main shutoff, type of piping, sinks, bathtubs/showers, commodes, washing machine connections and exterior plumbing. Drains, water heating, hydro-massage and a section for other.
Appliances include dishwashers, disposal, range hood/exhaust, ranges/cooktops/ovens, microwaves, mechanical exhaust, garage door openers, dryer exhaust and a section for other.
Optional systems include sprinkler systems, swimming pools/spas, outbuildings, wells, septic systems, an a section for other.
HOW LONG DOES THE INSPECTION TAKE?
The inspection is very thorough and typically takes a minimum of 2 1/2 hours depending on the size of the house and any optional systems. We like to get into the house and do the inspection with no distractions, then meet the client at the end to walk through the house with the preliminary report discussing any issues found. Typically, the client will have the report sent via email that evening.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE INSPECTION?
There are a few things that are not included. Hydrostatic testing for instance must be done by a licensed plumber and have the approval of the homeowner. Often the air handler coils are not accessible. Inspectors should not operate any valves so if the water is turned off or the water heater pilot lite is not lit the homeowner needs to have someone address that. (One inspector tried to be a good guy and turned water on at the street and flooded the house. Not a good day...) The inspection does not cover mold (microbial growth), an inspector licensed by TLDR must do that test.
Having said that if there are concerns of any type that arise during the inspection your inspector will discuss it with you ASAP. While we cannot test everything due to regulations, we will often make recommendations for further evaluation by a licensed professional.