The average home inspection is about 2 – 3 hours in length. HomePro Inspectors look at 8 specific areas of a home, and record their findings in the HOMEBOOK™, which becomes an excellent point of reference about what is wrong and right about your home. (Learn more about the HOMEBOOK™.)
The areas examined by HomePro are listed below, as well as a brief description of specific or potential problems that are investigated.
Structural – Materials and type of construction. Foundation and framing materials are noted. The foundation, floors, walls, and roof are checked for any major or minor problems.
Electrical – Electrical system is checked for capacity and safety. Repairs and upgrades are recommended if needed.
Heating and A.C. – Capacity is assessed and age of the equipment is considered. These two factors are used in approximating the life expectancy of the unit(s). Upgrades and repairs are recommended if needed.
Plumbing – Piping, fixtures, laundry equipment, tile work and domestic water heating equipment are all surveyed. Functional flow of all piping and fixtures is checked and life expectancy noted. Screening is made for unsanitary conditons and potential repairs, freeze vulnerability, and overflow.
Basement, crawlspace or slab – Checks are made for (and the potential for) water seepage and structural problems. Advice is given if repairs are needed. Areas that could cause structural problems are evaluated, such as: poor soil, surface drainage.
Kitchen – All appliances are tested and any problems are noted, as well as the age of the appliance, and the life expectancy. Repairs or upgrades to the kitchen are noted and a budget is suggested if needed.
Interior – Walls, ceilings and floors are checked for possible problems or conditions that might cause problems in the future. Such as, water penetration, potentially dangerous or toxic materials, fire hazards, or security problems. Ventilation and energy conservation are also checked, and any needed upgrades are itemized.
Exterior – Areas examined and evaluated include: roof, runoff controls and landscape drainage. Areas like stoops, steps, walks and drives are checked for damage and surface problems that could be hazardous.