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What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an objective, visual, non-destructive examination of the readily accessible components and systems of a home -- from the roof to the foundation.  Having a home inspected is similar to getting a physical checkup.  A home inspection in not a code inspection nor is it a warranty or insurance program.  It is a method to assist you in understanding the condition of your new home.
 

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What does a Home Inspection include?
The inspection includes the readily accessible systems and components of the home.  In general, this includes the following:

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Exterior - grading, walls, coverings, patios/decks, patio covers, sidewalks, driveways, soffits/fascias, doors, windows, trim, retaining wall.

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Structure - foundation, crawlspace, basement, footings/columns, floors, walls, chimneys.

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Roofing - structure, coverings, guttering, downspouts, flashings, skylights, vent/ stacks, and other roof penetrations.

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Electrical - Service entrance, grounding, panel/sub-panels, branch circuits, outlets, GFCIs, circuit integrity.

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Heating and A/C - Combustion system, A/C components, supply/discharge lines, venting, ductwork, registers, controls/thermostats.

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Plumbing - Distribution lines, fixtures, vents/traps/drains, functional flow.

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Insulation/Ventilation - Insulation and ventilation in visible attic areas.

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Interior - Walls, ceilings, windows, floors, doors, stairs, fireplaces, smoke detectors (test buttons).
 

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How long will it take?
The average inspection typically takes 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size, condition and age of the property.  Remember, however, that it takes longer if it is a larger than normal size house, or if it is not well kept, or if it is a much older home, or if it has a crawlspace.  Naturally, there are more items to look at and consider.  If a problem or symptom is discovered, the inspector may recommend further evaluation by a certified specialist.