The inspection process is a very informative process, and as such, we recommend the buyer of a property be present at the time of the inspection. If the buyer is out of town or working and cannot be present for the inspection, Quality Building Inspections, LLC provides a detailed report and is available after the inspection to answer any questions, or clarify any comments on the report. The typical inspection time for an average-sized single family home is 2-3 hours. We provide the report the same day to clients electronically.
What we inspect:
- Structure – The exposed areas of the basement/foundation, crawl space, structural wood floor space, flooring, and roof/attic.
- Roofing – The roofing material/install, flashing, gutters, drainage, and chimney flues are inspected where visible.
- Exterior – The house siding and trim, flat work, porches, decks, sprinkler system vacuum breaker, garage, and grading and drainage.
- Electrical – The main electrical panel/sub panels, visible distribution wiring, accessible outlets, switches, and lights.
- Heating – Furnaces (gas and carbon monoxide testing is completed during the inspection), exhaust and venting, air flow and distribution, and thermostats are operated.
- Cooling – Both central air conditioning and evaporative cooling systems are tested (this requires the weather to be above 60 degrees outside, and the systems to not already be winterized), whole house fans, and unitary room cooling systems.
- Insulation – Insulation levels in the attic, crawl space, garage, basement (where visible), and attic and crawl space ventilation.
- Plumbing – The water heater, visible supply and waste piping, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, and exterior faucets are all operated and inspected.
- Interior – The doors, windows, interior finishes (walls and ceilings), visible floors, counters, cabinets, stairways, gas and wood burning fireplaces, wood burning stoves, appliances, doorbell, central vacuum system, etc.
All inspections are considered limited visual inspections. If the inspector identifies a more costly repair to the home, we will also recommend the appropriate professional who should be contacted to further evaluate and make repairs.
The image gallery below contains photos taken while performing residential and commercial inspections. These photos are shown as an example as to why you should have a home inspection performed, and some of the interesting things that can be observed during an inspection.