The Procedures of a TJ Place Home Inspection
Typically the buyer of the house contacts us for pricing and we tell them our available time to perform the inspection. The buyer then contacts their realtor or the owner directly and schedules the time for the inspection. When we arrive to do the inspection, we will look over the exterior portions first. This takes 15-30 minutes. We inspect the roof, landscaping and the physical condition of the exterior of the house and garage/carport.
A typical home inspection takes between 1.5 - 2.5 hours. We can do the inspection of a vacant house, or we can do an inspection of an occupied house. If the house is occupied, the current owner can be present if they wish. You can also be present during the inspection, but because of the length of the inspection most clients prefer to stay on standby until we contact you. If you are not present during the inspection, we can call you when we are close to completing the inspection. We will ask you to stop at the house so we can give you a visual and verbal review of our inspection. We expect the payment for the inspection at this time. When the review is complete, we will then leave the site and finish writing the report. Your report will be completed the same day and emailed to you upon completion. We only email it to you because you supplied the financial obligation for the inspection. The convenience of the electronic document allows you the flexibility to forward this report to whoever may need to review it (realtor, bank, etc).
The inspection of the interior is broken down to 3 components. The rooms, attic and basement/crawlspace. We normally inspect the rooms first. The room inspection includes the evaluation of the electrical outlets, windows and wall/ceiling/floor construction. The faucets will be operated in the kitchen and bathrooms to evaluate the water flow and drainage as well as to determine possible leakage. The appliances in the kitchen will be tested for operation. Garbage disposal, oven, range, dishwasher, trash compactor, exhaust fan, refrigerator, and microwave will all be operated if present. Laundry appliances will be noted if present, but they will not be tested for operation.
The attic inspection includes the evaluation of the underside of the roof coverings as well as the structure and support of the roof. Any duct work, wiring and vents will also be evaluated. The type of insulation present as well as the thickness will also be documented in the report.
The basement/crawlspace will consist of a inspecting the floor and walls of the area as well as the ventilation and the condition of the foundation. The drainage of the area will be evaluated and the underneath structure of the house will be thoroughly inspected. All appliances (furnace, hot water heater, pressure tanks) will be evaluated. The outside temperatures usually determine whether the heating or air conditioning can be tested for operation. The plumbing and duct work is usually visual in the basement or crawl area. The plumbing will be evaluated for leaks and deterioration.
The main electrical panel is also inspected. We remove the cover and determine if the current service (amperage) is enough for the size of the house and also determine if the breakers and wires are sized correctly.