A home Inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home, but generally a home inspection includes an examination of the following areas and systems;
- Roof – We normally start with the roof and inspect the roof coverings (type and condition of shingles), gutters, downspouts, vents, flashings, skylights, chimney and other roof penetrations.
- Exterior – We then shift our focus on the exterior structure of the home. This includes inspecting the siding, eaves, soffits, fascia, windows, doors, trim, walkways, driveways, porches, decks, drainage and other basic structural elements of the house, to ensure that they are free of major issues.
- Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure – An important part of the home inspection covers the foundation, basement and crawlspace. Here we attempt to differentiate major structural signs versus typical settling and hairline cracks.
- Plumbing – We will help you understand the functionality and location of the main water and fuel shut-off valves. We’ll also check your water heater, operate the toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, drain, waste & vent systems, and sump pumps.
- Electrical – We check service drops, conductors, the service mast (when applicable), electrical meter and panels, grounding and bonding. We test a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles (AFCI & GFCI). We check for the presence of smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. Electrical systems are also checked. Fuse boxes and circuit breakers are tested, as are light switches, power outlets, and other electrical systems.
- Heating/Cooling Elements – The inspector will inspect the heating and cooling systems, using normal operating controls and describe the location of the thermostat, energy source and heating/cooling method.
- Fireplace – When applicable, we will check readily accessible portions of fireplaces & chimneys, lintels, damper doors, clean out doors and frames.
- Attic, Insulation & Ventilation – Making sure the home has sufficient insulation and ventilation can save problems down the road.
- Doors, Windows & Interior – We will check a representative number of doors and windows, the floors, walls and ceilings, the stairways, railings, the garage door and garage door openers, when applicable.
Throughout this process, we will take notes, pictures, and make note of other information about the home being examined.
At Cochran Home Inspection Services, LLC we follow the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Standards of Practice, or SOP, as a guide for performing every home inspection.
InterNACHI is currently the largest home inspection association in this country and you may obtain a copy of the latest version of the SOP at; https://www.nachi.org/sop.htm