What to Expect on Inspection Day
I’ll begin by carefully taking a look at the exterior of the property. All exterior features of the property will be inspected including driveways, drainage systems, and fencing. The entire roof will be inspected along with chimneys, skylights, vent pipes and any other equipment mounted there.
Next is the interior. I’ll usually work through the building in a logical sequence, one room at a time and one floor at a time. All general wall and floor finish conditions will be noted throughout the building. Appliances and bath fixtures will all be tested as will electrical outlets both interior and exterior.
Once the detailed interior and exterior checks are completed, I’ll perform an extensive evaluation of the plumbing, electrical, and heating/cooling systems of the property. Finally, I’ll perform any septic, carbon monoxide, lead paint, or water quality testing you may have ordered. In a day or two you will receive a full report, including digital pictures. The entire inspection should take no longer than three hours. However, situations vary with each property.
I Encourage You to Participate in the Inspection Process
It’s a great opportunity to learn about your property and its important features. During the inspection, I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll learn. And being present for the inspection will help you visualize all the items in the report.
The more you know about your property and home, the better you will be able to make wise decisions about repairs and improvements. The best way to learn is to see for yourself with the knowledgeable attention of an expert by your side.