First Home Inspection utilizes a very hands on approach to the inspection process, if accessible and safe, roofs are walked, attics and crawl spaces are entered if possible. Windows, doors, outlets, switches, lights etc are checked. Furnaces and central air conditioners are ran as the weather allows. Furnace heat exchangers are inspected with mirrors and carbon monoxide tests are completed. Electrical panel covers are removed for interior viewing. Built in appliances are operated. The garage door is operated and checked for safety reverse feature. Multiple plumbing fixtures are ran at the same time to check drainage and flow operations. Chimneys are checked at the top and bottom as visibilty allows.
Listed below are the areas covered in the standard residential inspection, Within each of the areas there are many components that are inspected. See the sample report for full detail.
- Central Air
- Fireplace & Woodstoves
About the inspection report:
The Inspection Report First Home Inspection utilizes a computer generated report that typically consists of 10-15 pages that includes full color digital pictures and detailed narrative information written so you can understand what is said. The report is typically completed and delivered via emailed in less than 48 hours of the inspection. You should be leary of reports that are hand written, rely heavily on check marks, or are the size of a book. These type of reports either don’t explain things in detail, provide excessive unrelated information, and are outdated by industry standards. View Sample Report (PDF)
What if a problem is found, what happens next?
The inspection is not a pass/fail process from the inspector’s standpoint, you are provided with a condition report to guide you but only you can decide what things are most important to you. If you have concerns about something that was found during the inspection you will need to refer to your purchase contract to determine what options you have available. First Home Inspection will assist you as much as possible on the technical aspects if you have questions and even provide rough repair estimates if needed.
After the Inspection:
First Home Inspection takes that stance that once you become a customer you are a customer for as long as you own your home. Anytime you have questions you have a free resource available.
Ordering an Inspection:
Most often an inspection is ordered after you have a signed contract to purchase a home. It is important that your contact stipulate that you are going to have an inspection completed and that you have ample time, typically 5-15 days. You or your representative can call to set a date and time to have the inspection completed.