The state of a home’s interior is often the most indicative of a home’s general condition. We provide a thorough inspection of all interior features and systems, including the foundation, ceilings, walls, floors, basements, attics, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, and laundry rooms.
Below is a full breakdown of each important structural feature within a home’s interior that your home inspector will check:
When inspecting your attic (or an unfinished crawlspace), an inspector will be looking for proper ventilation. Hot air rises, and usually holds a fair amount of moisture; if your attic is not properly ventilated, that moisture will build up, leading to mold, fungi, and possibly the rotting of roof support beams.
The inspector will also check the amount and type of insulation. Insulation helps protect your attic from moisture and heat—helping to regulate the temperature of your home year-round—while also serving as a deterrent for potential pests. There are multiple types of insulation, including blown cellulose (primarily made of recycled paper fiber), fiberglass, and spray foam.
There are two key aspects of a basement (or unfinished crawlspace) that an inspector will check: the foundation and the structural components. Generally, an inspector will discern the type of foundation, access point to the basement/crawlspace, and be on the lookout for leaks and cracks.
Leaks in a basement are not uncommon, and do not necessarily mean that a home was built poorly. Sometimes foundations (even those made out of concrete) will spring a leak due to a combination of weather and time.
The same can be said of cracks. What the inspector will be looking for are active leaks in the foundation, which can result in foundational shifting/degradation (i.e. uneven floors, cracked sheetrock, out-of-square door frames, etc.), and any observable cuts or alterations made to the framing that present potential structural/safety issues.
There are a few different aspects of a kitchen that a home inspector will need to check. All cabinets and drawers will be inspected, to make sure they are in working condition. Built-in appliances (appliances that are permanently fixed into place, such as dishwashers and range ovens) must be operating properly.
One of the most important features the inspector will need to check is the sink. They will examine the water flow/drainage, noting whether any electrical outlets within 6 feet of the sink have GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection, and the pipes and cabinet underneath the sink for signs of leaks, stains, or degradation. If the home has a dishwasher, the inspector will run it for a cycle to check that it is functioning properly.
*NOTE – Per InterNACHI standards, a home inspector is not required to inspect, move, or operate any household appliances.
Doors & Windows
The inspector will provide an accurate count of the number of interior doors and windows, paying close attention for any fogging or other indications of broken or improper sealing. This also will include checking garage doors/garage door openers to make sure they are functioning properly; however, this does not include checking any motion/pressure-activated auto-reverse or safety features.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The home inspector will check to make sure all necessary smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are present and functioning.
Floors, Ceilings, and Walls
The inspector will inspect all floors, ceilings, and walls, noting their material construction, general condition, and any signs of structural deficiencies, such as cracks or stains.
There are multiple types of flooring materials, including carpet, hardwood, bamboo, ceramic tile, stone, laminate, and vinyl flooring. Ceilings tend to have more variance in terms of design, including standard flat ceilings (normally 8 – 10 feet high), vaulted (included elevated ceiling types like cathedral and shed ceilings), beamed (support beams are exposed), and coffered (a combination of crown molding and beamed ceilings). Walls are a little less varied, usually being made out of plaster or drywall.
Stairs, Railings, and Landings
As with exterior stairs and landings, an inspector is going to focus on checking the structural integrity and stability of a home’s stairways and railing. This includes checking for damaged steps, unsecured handrails, and improperly spaced balusters.
With bathrooms, the inspector is going to be primarily concerned with water flow, drainage, leaks, and functionality of the sink, toilet, and tub. As with the kitchen sink, the inspector will check around the different components for signs of active or past leaks (staining, cracks, etc.) and make sure that all are appropriately caulked.
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Buying a house is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. While a home may look perfect on the outside, there could be a lot of potentially expensive issues hiding under the surface that you need to know about before closing. Don’t leave anything to chance; get your home inspected.
Yes. Just because a home is new doesn’t mean it won’t have problems; it just means that someone hasn’t lived in it yet to discover any of its potential defects.
While it is not a requirement for you to have your home inspected prior to putting it up for sale, a pre-listing home inspection can be beneficial. It reveals the true state of your home and allows you to identify and repair potential deal-breakers prior to being discovered by the home buyer inspection.
Normally you would contact a home inspector after a purchase agreement has been signed. To protect your best interests, we highly recommend that you make sure there is an inspection contingency clause in the agreement prior to signing, specifying buyer and seller obligations after the completion and findings of an inspection.
On average, you should expect the inspection of a typical single-family home to last between 2-3 hours. For larger properties, it may take longer, and require an additional inspector onsite.
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to be there. As a prospective home buyer, the purpose of our inspection is not just to inspect the home, but to also educate the buyer and make sure you are the most informed about a property prior to moving forward with a purchase.
Our inspector provides a comprehensive report in line with the InterNACHI Standards of Practice that identifies material defects of the components and systems of a home along with our recommendations for repairs. Usually, the full report is ready for you within 24 hours of the inspection! For a sample of our reporting, click here.
No home, new or old, is going to be free of problems. However, not all problems require major fixes. Having a home inspection helps you identify possible issues before they potentially become bigger and costlier.
No. A home inspection is not the same as an appraisal or municipal inspection. A home inspector reports on the physical condition of the home, and any possible material defects in need of repair or replacement. It’s not pass/fail; it’s just the facts.
In compliance with the InterNACHI Code of Ethics Article I, Section 11, we, as InterNACHI certified inspectors, are prohibited from performing or offering any repairs or related services to any home for which we have prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. For any suggested repairs, we recommend consulting a specialist.
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