General Home Inspection

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General Home Inspection2018-03-09T00:16:18+00:00

The Scope of a Home Inspection

The scope of a home inspection is well-defined by the INTERNACHI Standards of Practice. Home inspection is a professional consulting service offered by trained professionals who evaluate one to four family dwellings. The work is often done in conjunction with a real estate transaction, although it can be done anytime. It focuses on the performance of the home, rather than cosmetic, code or design issues.

A home inspection is

  • An in-field evaluation and professional opinion of the performance of the readily accessible installed systems in a home at one point in time
  • Primarily a visual examination
  • Intended to identify components that are significantly deficient, unsafe or near the end of their life
  • Documented with a written report

A home inspection is not

  • An insurance policy, guarantee or warranty on the home
  • An invasive or destructive exercise
  • Intended to identify concealed defects
  • A code or design review
  • Able to predict the future or the remaining life of components
  • An environmental review or energy audit

Components included

  • Roof
  • Structure
  • Exterior
  • Electrical system
  • Heating and Air Conditioning system
  • Plumbing system
  • Insulation and Vapour Barriers
  • Interior
  • Mechanical and Natural Ventilation Systems
  • Appliances

Buying a home is one of the most substantial investments you will ever make. At SRQ Inspections LLC, our goal is to ensure that our clients fully understand what they are buying. We do this by identifying defects that would significantly affect the property, and therefore may affect your buying decision.

We take pride in guiding our clients through the inspection process by performing a thorough, unbiased inspection of the major building components, providing a clear report of the property’s condition, and arming our clients with the knowledge they need to make a more informed decision about purchasing the property.

Jason Green

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Home Inspectors are trained to identify common deficiencies and to recognize conditions that require evaluation by a specialist. Inspection of the roof typically includes visual evaluation of the roof structure, roof-covering materials, flashing, and roof penetrations like chimneys, mounting hardware for roof-mounted equipment, attic ventilation devices, ducts for evaporative coolers, and combustion and plumbing vents. The roof inspection does not include leak-testing and will not certify or warranty the roof against future leakage. Other limitations may apply and will be included in the comments as necessary.

The roof inspection portion of the General Home Inspection will not be quite as comprehensive as an inspection performed by a licensed roofing contractor. Because of variations in installation requirements of the huge number of different roof-covering materials installed over the years, the General Home Inspection does not include confirmation of proper installation.

The inspection of the attic typically includes visual examination the following:roof structure (framing and sheathing); roof structure ventilation; thermal envelope; electrical components (wiring, junction boxes, outlets, switches and lighting); plumbing components (supply and vent pipes, bathroom vent terminations) and HVAC components (drip pans, ducts, condensate and TPR discharge pipes)

In accordance with our standards, we do not attempt to enter attics that have less than thirty-six inches of headroom, are restricted by ducts, or in which the insulation obscures the joists and thereby makes mobility hazardous, in which case we would inspect them as best we can from the access point. In regard to evaluating the type and amount of insulation on the attic floor, we use only generic terms and approximate measurements, and do not sample or test the material for specific identification. Also, we do not disturb or move any portion of it, and it may well obscure water pipes, electrical conduits, junction boxes, exhaust fans, and other components.

The structural elements of a building include foundation, footings, all lower support framing and components, wall framing and roof framing. These items are examined, where visible, for proper function, excessive or unusual wear and general state of repair.

Many structural components are inaccessible because they are buried below grade or behind finishes. Therefore, much of the structural inspection is performed by identifying resultant symptoms of movement, damage and deterioration. Where there are no visible symptoms, conditions requiring further review or repair may go undetected and identification will not be possible. We make no representations as to the internal conditions or stabilities of soils, concrete footings and foundations, except as exhibited by their performance.

Areas hidden from view by finished walls or stored items can not be judged and are not a part of this inspection. Minor cracks are typical in many foundations and most do not represent a structural problem. If major cracks are present along with bowing, we routinely recommend further evaluation be made by a qualified structural engineer.  All concrete floor slabs experience some degree of cracking due to shrinkage in the drying process. In most instances floor coverings prevent recognition of cracks or settlement in all but the most severe cases. Where carpeting and other floor coverings are installed, the materials and condition of the flooring underneath cannot be determined.