No house is perfect. Even the best built and best maintained homes will always have a few items in less than perfect condition. Homes and buildings are in a constant state of change.  Below are some of the items we most commonly find when inspecting a home:

  • Grading, Poor surface grading may be an issue with water penetration to a building. Driveway slope, walk slope, retaining walls, and vegetation growth all play a roll in the survival of a building. This will be discussed with you during the inspection and written in the report.
  • Roofing Problems with roofing material single is breakdown with the mineral stone resulting from the Sun and outside elements.  Sometimes it doesnt mean the roof shingle needs replacement, but simply that it may need maintenance or repair.  The roof frame may be undersized but still performing.  In some cases reinforcement is recommended.  Comon issues are sags in the roof frame, sag in the ridge, cracked roof rafters, moisture damaged and lack of ventilation.   The attic will be inspected by entering the attic as long as safe conditions exist.  These areas will be discussed with you during the inspection and written in the report.
  • Exterior, Weather related issues such as the Sun from the Southern and Southwest facing side along with rain and snow may reduce the life expectancy of exterior material.  The siding, finish, stairs, decks, porches, doors, windows, basement access and much more will be discussed with you during the inspection and written in the report.
  • Foundation, Foundations vary from poured concrete, cmu, concrete masonry units otherwise known as concrete block, stone rubble and masonry brick in the Northeast. The inspection will describe to you the type of foundation, condition and recommendation for repairs if needed. Most common problem is water damage and water related, hydrostatic pressure, cracks, spalling, and lateral displacement.  Recommendations for repair if needed will be discussed with you during the inspection and written in the report.
  • Basement Structure, Rotted Sills, rotting floor joists, water damaged and cracked or sagging girders are common problems with basement structures.  Another common problem is the lack of center span support columns.  Wood destroying insects may also be an issue.  Recommendations for repair if needed will be discussed with you during the inspection and written in the report.
  • Note: We do not analyze or inspect for mold.  In many cases suspect mold may be visible.  I say suspect mold because until it is analyzed under a micro-scope it cannot be called mold.  If mold is suspected it will be duscussed during the inspection.  I will then recommend what steps should be taken to inspect, remove and help to minimize mold growt in the future. 
  • Water Penetration, This is the most damabing element to a home.  This will be discussed in detail from the grading to the roof drainage to foundation cracks, to possible high ground water.  Recommendations for mittagation will be discussed with you and written in the report.
  • Ceiling and Wall Water stains Caused by past or present leaks are very common. It can be difficult to tell whether the stains are from leaks still present, or were caused by leaks which have since been repaired.  We use a Tramax Encounter Plus moisture meter to detect relative humidity at suspect areas.
  • Electrical hazards Most common in older homes, but often found in newer homes as well.  Electrical hazards come in many forms, from ungrounded, overhead services, reversed polarity receptacles, open ground receptacles to wiring installed incorrectly possibly by the someone other than a licensed electrican.  We use a varity of circuit analyzers.  GFCI and AFCI receptacles and or breakers will be tested as well as grounding and bonding of receptacles, light fixtures and switches.
  • Rotted wood Caused by incorrect installation, lack of protection behind the wood water, Sun, and neglect.    Damage is most commonly found around staircases, toe kick boards, corner boards, windows, window trim and decks.  Many cases it is due to a lack of proper flashing.  Tubs, showers drains, loose toilets and leaking faucets may cause damage as well.    
  • Water heater installations Many water heaters are not installed with new vacuum breakers and shut valves.  Incorrect exhaut piping of combustion systems and a lack of make up air for combustion and orphan water heaters.
  • Oil, Gas furnaces and Boilers  Most furnaces and boilers seem to be in need of routine maintenance such as tune up, cleaning and replacement of warn parts.  Many have other issues such as faulty operation, inadequate combustion air, clearances and leaking parts.  
  • Plumbing defects Plumbing issues commonly found include dripping faucets, leaking fixtures, slow drains etc... Even in brand new homes, it is common to identify minor plumbing defects.

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