Home Inspection overview

My Home Inspection Report will be given to you within 24 hours of your inspection. The Home Inspection Report will give you a comprehensive understanding of your home and point out any visible defects that were seen on the day of the inspection. My only goal is to have a well informed client able to make a confident purchasing decision at the end of inspecting their future home.


ROOFING

Roof Inspection Includes:

  • Report on the condition of the roof covering, missing shingles and signs of wear
  • Report on the condition of the flashings, valleys, skylights, vents and other roof penetrations
  • Report on the condition of the gutters, downspouts and overhangs
  • Report on any visible overall possible structural problems

EXTERIOR

Exterior Inspection Includes:

  • Report on overall condition of doors and windows, cracks, fogging
  • Inspect condition of decks, stoops, stairs, porches and railings
  • Report on overall condition of exterior siding, brick or insulated finishing systems (Eifs)
  • Inspect condition of weather stripping, caulking, exterior paints, stains and sealant

ATTIC

Attic/Eves Inspection Includes:

  • Report on overall structural condition
  • Evaluate for ventilation and insulation
  • Report on presence and condition of fire resistant plywood (RFT)
  • Check for any visible roof leaks or stains caused from leakage
  • Check for visible signs of mold or mildew

INTERIOR

Interior Inspection Includes:

  • Report on condition and operation of doors, windows, screens, sliding doors
  • Inspect walls, ceilings, floors, shelving in closets
  • Report on any signs of moisture intrusion, visible mold or mildew
  • Inspect working condition of appliances, kitchen cabinets
  • Inspect bathrooms for moisture problems, caulking, cabinets and overall condition
  • Report on overall condition of flooring, tile, carpets
  • Report on condition of vents
  • Report on any visible structural problems
  • Inspect bathrooms for moisture problems, caulking, cabinets and overall condition
  • Report on overall condition of flooring, tile and carpets
  • Report on condition of vents
  • Report on any visible structural problems

PLUMBING AND FIXTURES

Plumbing Inspection Includes:

  • Observe main shutoff valve and supply line
  • Report on visible leaks in piping, traps and valves
  • Inspect visible drains, waste and vent systems
  • Evaluate function, flow & drainage of fixtures, faucets and drain stops
  • Inspect water heater and presence of temperature relief valve and venting
  • Inspect outdoor hose bibs and faucets and locate visible inside shut off valves
  • Report on visible presence of Polybutylene piping
  • Inspect toilets, check for cracks, loose connections and malfunctioning tank filling systems
  • Inspect the sump pump, float, drain and automatic shut off function

HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS

Heating / Cooling Inspection Includes:

  • Report on overall visible condition of Heat Pumps & Air Conditioners
  • Observe overflow pan and condition of condensation drain
  • Report on overall visible condition of ductwork
  • Report on overall visible condition and type of heating system
  • Observe condition of boiler and combustion chamber
  • Inspect burner
  • Inspect thermostat operation
  • Report on presence and condition of accessible furnace filter
  • Report on type of fuel supply
  • Observe condition of venting
  • Report on overall function of furnace, heat pumps and air conditioners

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

Electrical Inspection Includes:

  • Inspect the service line cables and main disconnect and report on conditions
  • Inspect the meter box
  • Inspect for proper grounding and bonding
  • Report on panel and service size and condition including breakers and fuses
  • Inspect condition of visible wiring and connectors
  • Inspect accessible receptacles, ground circuit interrupters and report on function, polarity and condition or excessive heat
  • Inspect visible active switches and light fixtures
  • Report on visible presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring

BASEMENTS, FOUNDATIONS AND CRAWLSPACES

Foundation / Basement / Crawl Space / Structure Inspection Includes:

  • Report on condition of driveway, sidewalks, retaining walls adjacent to home
  • Evaluate grading immediate to house for proper drainage
  • Report on signs of soil erosion
  • Report on areas where siding is improperly in contact with grade
  • Report on visible or possible future damage caused by trees and shrubs

CHIMNEYS AND FIREPLACES

 Chimney and Fireplace Inspection Includes:

  • Inspect operation of damper in fireplace, if accessible and operable
  • Inspect Hearth extension and other permanently installed components
  • Report on visible areas in need of repair in firebox
  • Check clearance from combustible materials
  • Report condition of chimney, flue cap, crown and flashing
  • Report visible cracking in chimney bricks
  • Check for signs of deteriorating mortar
  • Report on any visible creosote buildup

PROPERTY AND GROUNDS

 Exterior Grounds Inspection Include:

  • Report on condition of driveway, sidewalks, retaining walls adjacent to home
  • Evaluate grading immediate to house for proper drainage
  • Report on signs of soil erosion
  • Report on areas where siding is improperly in contact with grade
  • Report on visible or possible future damage caused by trees and shrubs

 

SAFETY

 Safety Issues Inspection Includes:

  • Report on absence of smoke detectors
  • Report on absence of alarm systems
  • Report on electric garage door electronic sensors for proper function
  • Report on any loose steps or railings
  • Report on any visible locks and latches in need of repair

Located in Westchester NY, Sterling Home Inspections combines experience, high tech instruments and great service to give you a quality house inspection. A home inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection and not the determination of future conditions.