We provide a very thorough and detailed inspection for our clients which cover all the major systems and components of the house being inspected. Areas of the house that are inspected and carefully examined include the following:

  • Basement and/or crawl space

  • Foundation and Structure

  • Grounds and drainage

  • Exterior features, siding, decks, etc

  • Bathrooms and fixtures

  • Kitchen and included appliances

  • Attic space and insulation levels

  • Fireplaces and woodstoves

  • Roof, chimneys, skylights, etc

  • Interior features and garage

  • Electrical system

  • Plumbing system

  • Heating and cooling systems

  • Complete structural pest inspection

Our written report is the result of years of experience and expertise, and goes well beyond what most other inspection companies provide. The My Home Inspection Report  is a 200-page notebook binder that is filled with tons of information about homes, home problems, and home maintenance, all organized in an easy-to-read, easily understood format. When the report is filled out and customized to the house we have inspected, it becomes a made-to-order problem solving and maintenance guide for the house that is extremely valuable at the point of sale, as well as in the future! 

This comprehensive report exceeds the reporting standards of the American Society of Home Inspectors, and is very easy to read and understand for our clients and their agents.

 

The My Home Inspection Report organizes information into eight major categories:

1. Structure: The structure of the building is identified here in terms of materials used, type of construction, and the degree to which various areas are accessible to the inspector. Significant subcomponents, such as foundation type, framing materials, etc. are listed, as well as their idiosyncrasies. The inspector also checks for major or minor problems in the various structural systems of the building, including the foundation, floor, wall, and roof framing.

2. Electrical: The existing electrical system is checked for sufficient capacity and safety. The inspector evaluates the system in terms of its current condition, and considers its suitability for future intended use. Upgrades and repairs are recommended where appropriate.

3. Heating & Air Conditioning: The inspector assesses the capacity of the existing equipment to produce comfortable conditions. By considering the age of the existing equipment and the intended capacity, the inspector can approximate the life expectancy and recommend appropriate repairs or upgrades within a budget.

4. Plumbing: The piping and fixtures though out the house are checked for functional flow and life expectancies. The system is screened for unsanitary conditions and potential repairs, such as freeze vulnerability or spillage/overflow. The laundry equipment, tile work, and domestic water heating equipment are surveyed as well. Useful upgrades are itemized and upcoming replacements budgeted.

5. Basement/Crawlspace/Slab: Water Seepage probabilities and structural problems are evaluated and remediation advice is given. The inspector looks for possible problem areas that could cause structural problems, such as poor soil, surface drainage, close proximity tree roots, rotating stoops, structural pest damage, etc.

6. Kitchen: The appliances are operated and deficiencies noted. The inspector recommends appropriate upgrades and approximates the life expectancy of each piece of equipment. Depending on age and usefulness, the inspector may suggest a budget for repairs from complete renovation to typical minor problems such as appliance malfunctions, damage to floor seams, or inoperative door springs.

7. Interior: The inspector scans the wall, floor, and ceiling surfaces for problematic conditions, such as visible evidence of water penetration, potentially dangerous or toxic materials, fire hazards, or security breaches. The attic space, as well as ventilation and energy conservation aspects, are checked and appropriate upgrades are itemized.

8. Exterior: The inspector walks on the roof (where safe and appropriate) and notes preservation deficiencies. Roof runoff controls and landscape drainage are checked and improvements are recommended where necessary. Stoops, steps, walks, decks, and drives are checked for voids, surface problems, damage, and safety hazards.

 

Perspective Summary - For the convenience of the home buyer, the most important information is summarized clearly and concisely at the beginning of the report. Titled the "Comparative Summary", this section illustrates and outlines a general overview of the condition of the house by quickly generalizing the eight categories. It also lists the “Major Points of Concern”, as well as the “Significant Qualities of the House” to give a comparative perspective between the concerns and the positive aspects of the house.

 

Each of the eight categories has tabs to allow quick access and has its own color-coded report page. These coordinated "Key Sheets" itemize the problems into both major and minor areas. The simple color coding makes it easy to find what you are looking for:

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Blue - Documents the general information recorded about the house

Red - Designates major problems (defined as problems that typically cost $500 or more to repair or which constitute a significant safety risk)

White - designates minor problems or deferred maintenance items that should be reviewed on a continuous basis to insure that they do not become major problems

 

 

And then, each section has more detailed pages describing each problem identified on the Key Sheets, with diagrams where appropriate, as well as solutions and repair recommendations. The red-edged sheets are for the major problems, the white sheets are for the minor problems, and the blue-edged sheets correspond to the top, blue portion of the Key Sheets, and provide a customized maintenance manual for the house that can be referred to over and over again in the future!

 

Our report provides much valuable information to help you make an informed decision about your house purchase:

  1. Puts the property into perspective by comparing it with its peers (i.e. houses of similar vintage, material usage, style, etc.).

  2. Summarizes the major points of concern and the significant qualities of the property.

  3. Includes the level of complexity of the property and the probability of undiscovered problems.

  4. Lists and provides estimated costs for those components which have a high probability of failure within the coming five years (i.e. roofing, heating/air conditioning, appliances, water heaters, etc.)

  5. Identifies potential remodeling problems, such as materials containing asbestos, electrical systems which cannot be expanded to accommodate a new kitchen, old galvanized plumbing supply pipes which will not deliver an adequate supply of water or may leak, etc.

  6. Notes amateur workmanship or substandard maintenance, and advises you when to consult an expert to look more closely at suspected problem areas.

  7. Details the maintenance needed for all components of the house.

  8. Lists problems in major and minor groupings. (Major problems are defined as problems that cost $500 or more to repair or constitute a significant safety hazard.)

There are also tabbed sections in the rear of the book with authoritative references (complete with addresses, phone numbers, and websites) that provide expert and agency information about various problems and issues within the home; a life cycle cost guide to give estimated cost information on problem repairs, remodeling, appliance replacement costs, etc.; and several pages about what a homeowner “ought to know” about houses, post inspection issues, childproofing the home, and handling emergencies.  

Time is always of the essence when buying a home, and the beauty of our report is that we completely fill out the report during the inspection, and give you the completed report at the end of the inspection. No waiting!!!  Many inspection companies make you wait anywhere from one to three days before you receive the actual written report. When you use our high-quality service, you get the report immediately and you don’t have to wait. This is a tremendous advantage for you to help facilitate the transaction. 

The report Key Sheets are all 3-part carbonless forms, which allows us to take a copy for our records, and also provides an immediate additional copy that is available for your agent, to facilitate the continuing negotiation and purchase of your prospective house. 

Everything is very clearly explained both in-person during the inspection, and via our completed report. And since our professional service is on-going, we are also available by phone and/or e-mail to answer any questions that you may have after the inspection.

 
     
   
 

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