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What Is Checked During a Typical Home Inspection?

What Is Checked During a Typical Home Inspection?

The most important component of a good home inspection is a good home inspector. In the early days there were few standards for training or proficiency and almost anyone could buy a flashlight, a ladder and print up business cards. Home inspectors are now required to be state certified and they need to maintain continuing education or their license will be suspended.  Our company follows the Standards of Practice set forth by the state of  Wisconsin and your inspection will include: The Structure Our inspector will inspect entry ways, foundations, siding and porches looking for such symptoms of trouble as sagging roof lines, gaps in or damage to the siding, porches pulling away from the building, obvious signs of rot or certain types of cracks in foundations. The Exterior The exterior inspection will include a visual assessment of decks, balconies, eaves, soffits and fascias. The inspector will look at the grading of the land around the house for obvious drainage problems and check walkways and driveways for apparent deterioration or safety concerns. We will also visually inspect vegetation surrounding the house for obvious problems such as; the intrusion of roots near the foundation, buried utilities or overgrowth. Electric garage door openers will be checked to confirm they are in compliance with current safety standards. The exterior inspection is not expected to include outbuildings or fences. Roofing Inspection Inspectors are not required to get up on any roofs. Portions of the roof visible from the ground maybe inspected from the ground or with binoculars.  Where safely possible, an inspector will also report on roof drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations (for vents and flues). Plumbing Inspection The plumbing inspection will consist of testing the interior water supply and distribution system including water pressure, water heating equipment and the appropriateness of vents, flues, and chimney. We will also flush toilets to check for leaks and run all faucets to assess water pressure. Electrical System Inspection The electrical inspection will consist of over current protections, grounding, and the presence of any aluminum wiring (a serious fire hazard and banned for many years in most states). We will remove the face of the electrical panel if it is safe to do so, check a representative number of switches and outlets with-in the house. Heating and Air Conditioning Systems The furnace will be tested by turning up the thermostat and checking the response. Air conditioning will also be tested if the ambient air temperature is above 65 degrees. Home Interior: The interior inspection will include a visual scan of floors, walls and ceilings for signs of water intrusion, or sagging. Stairways and railings will be checked for safety and a sample of windows and doors inspected for condition and ease of operation. The basement will be inspected for indications of previous water intrusion in addition to signs of structural problems. Ventilation Poor ventilation can lead to rot, mold, poor air quality or excessive energy consumption. We will inspect the insulation and vapor barriers in unfinished areas of the attic and in the foundation area and look for the presence and operation of any mechanical ventilation systems in the attic and other high humidity areas such as kitchens and bath. Fireplaces Fireplaces, particularly in older homes are a frequent source of problems. We will inspect the integrity of the flue, proper draft, any blockages in the chimney (even a birds nest can be a major problem), and will visually inspect, as much as possible, the exterior of the chimney for damage to bricks, pointing, and flashing....

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First Time Home Buyer Home Inspection Tips

First Time Home Buyer Home Inspection Tips

As a first time home buyer, there are some important things to consider when looking to hire a home inspector. I have compiled a list of important things you should know: Choose A Home Inspection Company With Top Credentials As a first time home buyer you have goals, you want to be well informed and you want to make a wise investment. Choose a home inspection company that understands your needs and will work with you to help you meet your goals. Choosing a home inspection company based on the lowest price is not recommended. Buying a home is the biggest investment you will probably ever make, so why hire the cheapest inspector . I may not always have the “lowest price” but you get what you pay for. KDG Home Inspections is fully insured with both General Liability as well as Errors and Omissions(EO). I am a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) and must maintain 40 Hours of Continuing Education(CE) every two years. I hold a State of Wisconsin license as a Residential Home Inspector as well as a State of Wisconsin License as a Commercial Fire Inspector. Not only will I provide you with a wealth of information, I will provide you with many useful safety tips to keep you safe.  Your Inspection Is Also An Education Imagine what the cost of an inspection would be if you were to hire an HVAC Technician, Electrician, Plumber, Roofer,  Carpenter, Structural Engineer, General Contractor, etc. to review each system within the home. Obviously, the costs would be extensive not to mention trying to schedule everyone. With this in mind, we will cover all of the above systems at a price that you can afford and make your inspection more knowledgeable of the investment you are about to make. How Will Your Report Be Presented Be sure that your home inspection report will be detailed and not a hand written checklist that is given to you at the end of the home inspection. A checklist may be void of details and may not provide all of the informative advice first time home buyers need. I utilize Homeguage Inspection Software. Your completed electronic report will be emailed to you and your agent after the inspection has been completed. This report will be a PDF file filled with digital photo’s and direct link’s (to various websites) that will be kept on our server for 5 years for future viewing. Are You Interested In Environmental Testing Radon Gas is the number one environmental hazard in the U.S. and in fact, Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer only to cigarette smoking being number one. The only way to know whether your home’s radon levels are high is to test your home. I have two methods of testing and both tests are conducted for minimum of 48 hours. If I use my Radstar Continous Monitor, we will have results instantly after the 48 hours. The other method I use is Charcoal Activated and the test kits are then sent to the labratory for analyzing and the results are usually available within  24 hours. Keep in mind that you need consent from the sellers to conduct this test within their...

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