ASHI Certified Inspector # 251770
Virginia Licensed Inspector # 3380001137
Our inspections generally exceed, not just meet, the strict standards of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). While there are important limitations on what we inspect since we're generalists, we inspect the following:
The roof: We inspect it by walking on it when at all possible. This gives us a good, close look at the roofing material, gutters, flashings, decking and chimney.
The crawlspace: We look for evidence of termites, rodent intrusion, missing insulation, missing moisture barrier material, plumbing leaks, poor ventilation, missing termite shields, electric wiring problems, and standing water.
The chimney: We look for creosote buildup, a functioning damper, a weather cap and spark arrestor, and anything that might interfere with its operation.
The air conditioning and heating: We run the equipment, check for any unusual operation, check for water in the drip pan, check the electrical connections, measure the temperature of the air coming out of the registers, and identify the age of the uniits when possible.
The attic: We look for evidence of rodent, insect or bird intrusion, whether there is adequate insulation, the condition of the underside of the roof, the condition of the rafters and joists, the ventilation, whether bath fan ducts are routed properly, and a myriad of other items.
The exterior: We look for penetrations of the wall finish material, for rotting or termite-infested boards, for properly spaced attic vents, for GFCI electrical outlets, and defects in walkways, the driveway, drainage, downspouts, splash pads, yard gates, electrical fixtures and lights, missing or damaged window screens, all exterior doors, and missing or cracked mortar around the chimney. We also offer guidance on trees that might pose a hazard to the property.
The plumbing system: We determine what type of plumbing the home has (polyethylene, polybutlyene, copper, CPVC, ABS, PVC, galvanized steel, or cast iron) and if that type of plumbing is problematic and appropriate for the place where it is used. We check the water heater externally for numerous items. We run the showers, tubs, sinks and we flush the toilets. We look for leaks, slow drains and malfunctioning sink stoppers. Finally, we look for leaks both within the house and in the crawl space.
All unobstructed windows: We check whether they operate properly, including whether they can be opened in the event of a fire. We also look for condensation beween the window panes (indicating seal failure,) deteriorated seals, cracked or bent frames, damaged sashes, and so on.
All ceiling fans. No, they're not part of the ASHI Standards of Practice. But we check them anyway.
All appliances that convey with the property.
All unobstructed electrical outlets.
All toilets, tubs, showers, sinks, plumbing connections, bidets and steam saunas.
All interior doors.
All kitchen appliances including garbage disposals, dishwashers, ranges, ovens, islands, range hoods and trash compactors. (Sorry, we don't inspect built-in microwaves or smoke detectors.)
All garage components including the garage door(s), any automatic openers, safety beams, lights, cracks in the floor slab, whether the outlets have GFCI protection, and any doors leading into the house or leading outside. We also check the wall between the house and garage to see that it is drywalled for fire protection.
The electrical system: We check the weather head riser (when present,) the height and overall condition of any exterior feed wiring, the size and condition of the electrical panel, all unobstructed electrical outlets throughout the house, and the interior of the panel. Inside the panel, we look for sloppy wiring, aluminum wiring, double taps on either the black or white leads, scorched wires, loose breakers, missing main breakers and missing panel knockouts.
The water heater: We look at its overall condition, whether the water lines are insulated, whether there is a shutoff, and whether the drip pan, discharge pipe, gas plumbing or electrical connections, safety valve and drain line was installed properly. Finally, we determine its age.
The Little Things: These are outside the Scope of Inspection of the industry, but we check them anyway.
- Storm doors: We determine the brand, check their operation, and tell you how to obtain replacement parts (such as glass or hardware) in the future.
- Flooring defects: We determine the cause of the defect(s) and can tell you what needs to be done to correct them.
- Any other items of concern: Just ask and if we don't have the answer, we'll research it and get back to you promptly.
Simply put, our philosophy is "if we don't inspect it, it might be broken." If you have any concerns about an item not listed here, let us know and we will inspect it if we can. There are important limitations on what we inspect that are listed in our Contract and Scope of Work, so please read it carefully.
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ASHI Certified Inspector