Our Home Inspections - What's Included

Thorough Home Inspections – Detailed Home Inspection Reports

Our home inspections are thorough and detailed, but we also make our home inspection reports easy to read. Many people ask us what is included in our standard home inspections.

While there are too many components of your home to enumerate, the list below details many of the hundreds of items that we thoroughly inspect during your home inspection.

South Bend Home InspectionsWhat We Inspect:

Roof Covering

  • We walk roofs to inspect them. Some common-sense exceptions would be unsafe roofs, roofs not accessible with a 28′ extension ladder, snow covered, etc.
  • Gutters and roof drainage systems.
  • Flashing.
  • Skylights, roof caps, roof vents, plumbing vents, and other roof penetrations are inspected.

Chimney, Fireplaces

  • Chimney crowns
  • Chimney walls
  • Chimney flashing
  • Fuel-burning fireplaces, stoves, and fireplace inserts. This usually means wood burning fireplaces or gas fireplaces.
  • Fuel-burning accessories installed in fireplaces, such as gas logs.

Exterior

  • Wall coverings (aka ‘siding’)
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Decks
  • Balconies
  • Stoops
  • Steps
  • Porches
  • Guards (aka ‘guardrails’)
  • Drainage and grading that is likely to affect the building
  • Retaining walls
  • Vegetation that is likely to affect the building
  • Walkways
  • Patios
  • Driveways
  • Foundation walls
  • Vent terminals and air intakes
  • Exterior faucets

Basement / Foundation / Structure

  • Foundation walls
  • Basement floor
  • Crawl spaces
  • Sump Systems, including the sump basket, sump pump, sump cover, and extension piping.
  • Floor structure (posts, beams, joists, etc.)
  • Basement insulation
  • Signs of basement moisture

Electrical

  • Exterior electrical components, including the service drop, service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways.
  • The main panel and any subpanels.
  • Service grounding
  • Interior electrical components, including the majority of outlets, switches, and lights.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters
  • Smoke and CO alarms are recommended when not present

Plumbing

  • Drain, waste, and vent pipes
  • Water distribution pipes
  • The visible portion of the water main, which is the water supply pipe that brings water into the home
  • Water heaters
  • Water heater vents.
  • Clothes washers and dryers
  • Floor drains
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Tubs
  • Showers
  • Gas lines.
  • We report the locations of the main gas and water valves, and typically point these out during the inspection.

Heating

  • Installed heating equipment such as furnaces, boilers, and space heaters. Carbon monoxide testing of heating plants is standard for us.
  • Furnace filters are inspected and clients are shown how to change the filter.
  • Ductwork
  • Registers are all checked for operation with an infrared camera, whether an infrared inspection is included or not.
  • Vent connector and vent
  • Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) or Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs)

Cooling

  • Central and permanently installed cooling equipment
  • Temperature difference testing is used to determine if cooling equipment is operational
  • Condensate disposal

Interior

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Skylights
  • Stairs, handrails, and guards
  • Counters and cabinets
  • Vent fans
  • Kitchen appliances

Attic

  • Framing and sheathing
  • Exhaust fans and ducts
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation

Garage

  • Overhead doors
  • Garage door openers
  • All of the other stuff that most folks would probably expect; doors, stairs, walls, floor, electrical, etc.