Your roof and gutters are two of the most important elements of your home to have inspected. Aside from the type, age and quality of the shingles, you need to know that the application was done correctly. Such as the flashing is present and installed properly, the vents and chimneys are not going to cause leaks. Your gutters are critical to keep water from eroding your foundation. If there are concerns, I will recommend that you have it evaluated further by a licensed contractor. I will also share proper care recommendations to help keep your roof and gutters functioning as long as possible.
ROOF & GUTTERS
Attic & crawl spaces are very important to inspect. Insulation keeps us from seeing many things, as we can not disturb that, without damage, but here I am looking for quantity and quality of insulation, quality of ventilation, bathroom and kitchen fan vents, evidence of mold and moisture content, but most importantly I am looking at the structure of the roof and support. Is there water damage, are the trusses doing their job?
When I inspect the exterior I am looking at many things, siding, windows and trim, doors, walk ways and drive ways, lighting and fencing. The siding is one of the largest areas I inspect. Here I am identifying the type of siding, condition of paint and looking for wood rot, gaps in siding, broken vinyl siding, bare wood, moss and potential mold, as well as possible wood eating organisms.
The electrical inspection covers the electrical panel and visible electrical connections in the attic and crawl spaces. Throughout the home I am looking for recommended electrical systems in the bathrooms and kitchen for integrity, safety, and type. I will also be identifying older or newer systems, and panels as well as observing the correct wire sizing.
Plumbing systems are inspected for type, estimated age, installation and proper function. I also look for any system leaks for both water supply and DWV (Drain Waste Vent) plumbing. I also inspect the water heater for signs of rust, type, age and likely remaining life expectancy.
Interior inspections include observation of condition,type, function of window, floors, walls. As well as electrical condition, function of switches, outlets, any ceiling fans, heating systems and kitchen appliances throughout the home.
The crawl space is no less important. I will inspect the vapor barrier and it's installation, plumbing type and age are identified along with evidence of any plumbing leaks. i look for the presence of home and plumbing insulation and it's condition. All structural support(s) are inspected, as well as adequate ventilation, signs of any wood destroying organisms or pests.
Communication is a very important component of the inspection so the you fully understands the condition of the home and what that means for you. I take the time to cover the inspection in person, and in detail so you have a clear understanding and are able to make an informed decision based on the true condition of the home and any future potential expenditures.