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*An outbuilding is a separate building detached from the primary structure. Standard garages and minor sheds are included in the base inspection; larger outbuildings such as barns, equestrian facilities, etc. may also be included in an inspection for an additional cost.
Our home and building inspections are among the most thorough you will find anywhere. Unlike other companies who will just “hit the high spots”, we do not pretend to judge what those high spots are. Instead, we will document everything we can find during an inspection from a major structural defect to something as small as a missing door stop. Why? Because we believe you as our customer have a right to be informed of as much as possible about your new property.
What you do with you report is up to you. It is first and foremost intended to be an educational document. Second, you may wish to use our report as a possible real estate transaction negotiation tool (check with your real estate professional). And third, it will provide you with a useful “honey-do” list once you move in.
Here are some of the areas we cover during our inspection:
Structural Components (foundation, supports, etc.)
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, And Cooling) Systems
Exterior Components (siding, trim, etc.)
Grounds and Sitework
Attic Insulation and Ventilation
Interior Living Spaces
Basement, Crawl Space and other sub-surface areas
Built-in and Major Appliances
Roof covering, and roof components
Fireplaces (gas and wood)
Exterior porches, decks, flatwork
Vehicle storage areas
How long does an inspection take? Generally, a single family home can take as much as three hours or more to go through thoroughly (our longest residential inspection to date was an executive mansion that took one and a half days. Our longest commercial inspection were several buildings that took five days). Don’t be fooled by someone who says, “I’m so good at inspections that I can inspect your house in less than an hour.” Would you want to have your appendix removed by a doctor who made a similar claim? Most of us would not. A thorough inspection just takes longer – common sense.
We also encourage you to be present for your inspection if this fits into your schedule. This enables you to observe the inspection process, to have any questions or concerns answered first hand, and also to receive an exceptional education on your new property. Education is our specialty. Unlike some other inspection companies who don’t want you around “getting underfoot”, we strongly believe that you have every right to see the full picture.
Are you selling your home and thinking of an inspection before you list the property? First, we would advise you to check with your real estate professional about a pre-listing inspection.