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Grading and Foundation
One of the most important areas we examine is how the grading of the yard meets the foundation of the home. You absolutely want a grade that slopes away from the house, otherwise you could be facing hidden water damage. Also since the foundation is the base of your home we look for structural rigidity and any cracks or areas where water may be entering the home. Remember, water damage is the biggest threat to the integrity of a home, even more than fire and we take them both very seriously!
Houses need to breathe. It is important that the ventilation is free of debris, sealed to prevent leaks, and properly installed. Not only does ventilation increase air quality, it helps remove moisture that would otherwise accumulate and create mold hazards.
Eaves and Overhangs
These areas can be host to the nests of birds and bugs. In addition to checking for debris we check for signs of rot and structural rigidity as they are often prone to water damage and mold infestations.
Chimneys need to be checked for cracks and are often a source of leaks causing water damage that may or may not yet be evident in the roof and ceiling. In addition older homes may still have old lead paint that can be seen peeling off. Lead is a major concern for home owners, lead testing is often the only way to be certain.
Roofs and shingles
The roof is a major area of concern for leaks. We report on missing shingles, warping, or obvious signs of rot.
Downspouts and Gutters
Gutters should be free of debris and properly installed to provide proper water movement. Often times gutters can clog and cause rot. Also it is important to note if the downspouts are directing runoff away from the foundation of the house. Otherwise water could be entering the basement.
Your report will include the condition of all interior doors, handles, and locks. Older homes can settle over time causing doorways to go out of square and make closing the door difficult. In new houses an interior door should be able to close with the push from two fingers, otherwise the door may improperly installed.
The plumbing under the sinks always require a close eye as they are often a source of leaks. Water damage can occur anywhere in the general area of a sink because water can run along pipes and beams and cause rot inconspicuously.
Heating units come in many variaties and we inspect them all for wear and tear, working condition, and any leaks.
Water heaters, like most utilities, need extra attention to detail when inspecting because they can cause so much damage if improperly maintained or installed. They pose both a fire threat and water threat so we make sure to meticulously inspect for rust, damage, bad wiring, gas leaks, and water leaks.
Your report will also include the condition of all electrical panels and breakers. Panels should have a working door that shuts properly and should be free of loose wires. We are especially looking for evidence of fire hazards.
We use a receptacle tester to make sure the receptacles are working. If they aren't working it could be that they aren't wired up properly or at all, there is also the possibility of a short which is a fire hazard, so it's necessary to make sure they work properly. We also report on the general condition of the receptacles and their associated trim.
Stairs and Railings
We check for any weakness in the structure, which could be from rot, or poor construction. The railings are checked to make sure they are properly installed and supportive. Many times railings have not been properly anchored to the wall and can become loose over time.
We report on the condition of the doors, weatherstripping, knobs, and locks.
If the house includes a garage, we will check to make sure the automatic door opener is in working order and if the door itself opens and closes. A big concern with automatic doors is whether the auto open safety mechanism works properly. The rest of the garage is inspected as we do the house.
Exterior Steps and Walkways
We report on the general condition of walkways and stairs including any structural weakness or cracks that may be evident.
Decks and Railings
We check the overall condition in addition to looking for any hazards such as structural weakness, rot, and if the deck is properly weatherproofed.
Exterior Heating/Air Conditioning Units
The most important factor we inspect regarding your HVAC units are whether they're properly leveled and supported. We also check to make sure they work properly. In addition we inspect any points where these systems enter the home. These areas can be a entry point for water if improperly sealed.