Items Covered

Industry-Standard Inspections Cover:
  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
  • Eaves, soffit and fascia
  • Grading and drainage
  • Basement, foundation and crawlspace
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Heating systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Main water shut off valves
  • Water heating system
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.
  • Electrical service line and meter box
  • Main disconnect and service amperage
  • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
  • Grounding and bonding
  • GFCI and AFCI receptacles
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers

Beyond industry standards, I also cover:
  • Smoke Detectors for operation (smoke test)
  • All accessible electrical receptacles (Plug-ins)
  • All conveying appliances for normal operation
  • Washer and dryer hookups
  • Yard, fence, gates and more
Available for an additional fee:
  • Mold testing
    • Mold sample analysis requires laboratory processing, and results are usually available in a few days.
  • Radon testing
    • Radon testing is performed with certified dual electronic detectors for greater reliability of results.
    • Detectors are enclosed in a tamper-resistant test cage, which greatly reduces the risk of a false low radon reading.
    • Radon test results are immediately available after the 48 hour test.

The full inspection will conform to and far exceed the NACHI Standards of Practice.

My methods:

  • I use the best available software and technology to guide and record the inspection.
  • Digital Circuit Analyzers, Infrared Thermometers, Digital Moisture, Electronic Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Combustible Gas Sensors are used to uncover defects that others may miss.
  • Inspections are guided using the YHIS Check-System. This is a proprietary, exclusive system, which is simply the best, and nobody else has it. This system assures defects will be uncovered and reported.
  • I take the time to do it right.
  • My inspections usually take 3-5 hours on an average size house. This is considerably longer than the average inspection.
  • This results in a much more thorough and detailed inspection.
  • On completion, the inspection is double-checked for completeness.
  • Many digital photographs are taken during the inspection to document the condition of the home, as well as "items of concern".
  • Inspectors aren't perfect. Sometimes things are missed. But when I write and double-check the report on-site, it allows me to re-examine anything that may have been overlooked, and amend the report, thus improving completeness and accuracy. Point to consider: Many other inspection reports are written later that evening, off-site.
  • Most clients prefer to arrange a meeting at the home (a walk-through) near the end of the inspection. At this time, I will review all findings with you, on-site, taking as much time as you need. If you cannot be present at this time, a walk-through can also be done later to accommodate your schedule.
  • You will be emailed the inspection report with digital photos, usually within a few hours of the inspection. At your convenience, we can review the report page by page via phone conference.
  • Upon request, I also provide a hard copy of the inspection report, printed in color and placed in a binder.