FAQ

How long does an inspection take?

Usually we’ll spend about three hours on site inspecting the house and thirty minutes going over the findings with the client.

Do I need to be at the inspection?

Its not required, but since an important part of the service is to educate people about their property, it is suggested that you attend the inspection. Arriving for the last half hour of an appointment is best, at which point your inspector will have made all his findings and can more fully discuss any concerns.

What do I get in writing?

You’ll receive a complete easy-to-understand, written report with detailed photos using graphics to illustrate important findings.

How will the written report be delivered?

The report is delivered electronically soon after the inspection. It can also be sent wherever you’d like via fax or email. If needed, a good old-fashioned printed hard copy can be mailed.

 What types of inspections do you offer?

  • Single family dwellings
  • Multiple dwellings / units
  • Condominiums
  • Townhouses
  • Duplexes, triplexes, and four-plexes
  • Mobile / Modular homes
  • Buyer’s Inspections
  • Seller’s or listing Inspections

What other services are available?

  • Energy Efficiency inspections and recommendations
  • Permit processing and required applications
  • Abatement resolution
  • New construction / quality control inspections

What parts of the building do you cover?

An A1 home inspection is a comprehensive visual evaluation of the property from roof to foundation including:

  • Structural Elements: Foundation, crawlspace, seismic anchors, framing, siding, ventilation, wood separation from soil.
  • Exterior: Grading & drainage, wall cladding, veneers, flashing, trim, eaves, soffits, fascia, attached decks, porches, balconies, stairs, columns, walkways, guardrails and handrails.
  • Roof: Coverings, skylights, vents, stacks, and drainage systems.
  • Attic: Framing, sheathing, accessibility, insulation, ventilation.
  • Plumbing: Supply, waste and vent piping; fixtures, faucets and drains; water heaters (including combustion air, venting, connections, energy sources, seismic bracing and temperature-pressure relief valves); functional flow of water supply and functional drainage at fixtures; gas piping and connectors; cross-connections.
  • Electrical: Service conductors, equipment and capacity; panels and over current protection devices;service and equipment grounding; wiring types and methods; a representative sampling of switches, receptacles and light fixtures; ground fault
    circuit interrupters (GFCI).
  • Heating: Description, operation, venting, combustion and ventilation air, energy source and connections, distribution systems including ducting, duct insulation, outlets, radiators, piping systems and valves.
  • Cooling: Description, operation, energy source and connections, condensate drains, distribution systems including ducting, duct insulation, outlets, piping systems
    and valves.
  • Interior: Walls, ceilings, floors, security bars, doors, windows, stairs, handrails, guardrails, safety glazing, cabinets and countertops.