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An "Integrity" home inspection is a thorough inspection of all of a home's visible and accessible components including but not limited to:

 

Roof: The roof covering, the gutters, the downspouts,the vents, flashings, skylights, chimney and other roof penetrations and the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.

 

 

Exterior: The siding, flashing and trim, all exterior doors, decks, stoops, steps, stairs, porches, railings, eaves, soffits and fascias, arepresentative number of windows, the vegetation, surface drainage and retaining walls when these are likely to adversely affect the structure, and describe the exterior wall covering.

 

Basement, Foundation & Crawlspace: The basement, the foundation, the crawlspace, the visible structural components, any present conditions or clear indications of active water penetration observed by the inspector, and report any general indications of foundation movement that are observed by the inspector, such as but not limited to sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames or floor slopes.

 

Heating: The heating systems using normal operating controls and describe the energy source and heating method, and report as in need of repair heating systems which do not operate properly.

 

Cooling: The central cooling equipment using normal operating controls.

 

Plumbing: Verify the presence of and identify the location of the main water shutoff valve, inspect the water heating equipment, including combustion air, venting, connections, energy sources, seismic bracing, and verify the presence or absence of temperature-pressure relief valves and/or Watts 210 valves, flush toilets, run water in sinks, tubs, and showers, inspect the interior water supply including all fixtures and faucets, inspect the drain, waste and vent systems, including all fixtures, describe any visible fuel storage systems, inspect the drainage sump pumps testing sumps with accessible floats, inspect and describe the water supply, drain, waste and main fuel shut-off valves, as well as the location of the water main and main fuel shut-off valves, inspect and determine if the water supply is public or private, inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously, inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in installation and identification of hot and cold faucets, inspect and report as in need of repair mechanical drain-stops that are missing or do not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs, inspect and report as in need of repair commodes that have cracks in the ceramic material, are improperly mounted on the floor, leak, or have tank components which do not operate.

 

Electrical: The service drop/lateral, the meter socket enclosures, the service main disconnecting means, and determine the rating of the service amperage, panelboards and overcurrent devices (breakers and fuses), the service grounding and bonding, a representative number of switches, receptacles, lighting fixtures, AFCI receptacles, and test all GFCI receptacles and GFCI circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCI's during the inspection, and report the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring if readily visible, and report on any GFCI-tested receptacles in which power was not present, polarity is incorrect, the receptacle is not grounded, is not secured to the wall, the cover is not in place, the ground fault circuit interrupter devices are not properly installed or do not operate properly, or evidence of arcing or excessive heat is present, the service entrance conductors and the condition of the conductor insulation, the ground fault circuit interrupters observed and deemed to be GFCI's during the inspection with a GFCI tester, and describe the amperage rating of the service, and report the absence of smoke detectors, service entrance cables and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the integrity of the insulation, drip loop, or separation of conductors at weatherheads and clearances from grade or rooftops.

 

Fireplace: The fireplace, and open and close the damper door if readily accessible and operable, hearth extensions and other permanently installed components, and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the lintel, hearth and material surrounding the fireplace, including clearance from combustible materials.

 

Attic, Ventilation & Insulation: The insulation in unfinished spaces, the ventilation of attic spaces, mechanical ventilation systems, and report on the general absence or lack of insulation.

 

Doors, Windows & Interior: Open and close a representative number of doors and windows, inspect the walls, ceilings, steps, stairways, and railings, inspect garage doors and garage door openers by operating first by remote (if available) and then by the installed automatic door control, and report as in need of repair any installed electronic sensors that are not operable or not installed at proper heights above the garage door, and report as in need of repair any door locks or side ropes that have not been removed or disabled when garage door opener is in use, and report as in need of repair any windows that are obviously fogged or display other evidence of broken seals.

 

AFTER WHICH, YOU WILL BE PROVIDED WITH AN ACCURATE, EASY TO READ AND HONEST REPORT VIA E-MAIL WITHIN 36 HOURS!  YOUR WRITTEN REPORT WHICH INCLUDES COLOR PHOTOS WILL HIGHLIGHT ANY PARTS OF THE HOUSE/LOTS AND GROUNDS THAT HAVE DEFICIENCIES OR REQUIRE MAINTENANCE AND WILL ALSO INCLUDE HELPFUL RECOMMENDATIONS.

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