General Building Inspection

During a General Building Inspection The inspector will visually inspect the following 10 systems of the home.

  1. Structural Components
  2. Exterior
  3. Roofing
  4. Plumbing
  5. Electrical
  6. Heating
  7. Air Conditioning
  8. Interior
  9. Insulation and Ventilation
  10. Built-In Kitchen Appliances


1) Structural Components

  1. Foundation
  2. Floors
  3. Walls
  4. Columns
  5. Ceilings
  6. Roofs

2) Exterior Wall cladding, flashing, and trim;

  1. Entryway doors and a representative number of windows;
  2. Garage door operators;
  3. Decks, balconies, stoops, steps, area-ways, porches and applicable railings;
  4. Eaves, soffits, and fascias;
  5. Driveways, patios, walkways, and retaining walls; and
  6. Vegetation, grading, and drainage with respect only to their effect on the condition of the building.

3) Roofing

  1. Roof coverings;
  2. Roof drainage systems;
  3. Flashing;
  4. Skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations; and
  5. Signs of’ leaks or abnormal condensation on building components.

4) Plumbing

  1. Interior water supply and distribution system, including: piping materials, supports, and insulation; fixtures and faucets; functional flow; leaks; and cross connections;
  2. Interior drain, waste, and vent system, including: traps; drain, waste, and vent piping; piping supports and pipe insulation; leaks; and functional drainage;
  3. Hot water systems including: water heating equipment; normal operating controls; automatic safety
    controls; and chimneys, flues, and vents;
  4. Fuel storage and distribution systems including: interior fuel storage equipment, supply piping, venting, and supports; leaks; and
  5. Sump pumps.

5)  Electrical

  1. Electrical service entrance conductors;
  2. Electrical service equipment, grounding equipment, main over-curre
    nt device, and main and distribution panels;
  3. Amperage and voltage ratings of the electrical service;
  4. Branch circuit conductors, their over-current devices, and the compatibility of their ampacities;
  5. The operation of a representative number of installed ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on the dwelling’s exterior walls;
  6. The polarity and grounding of all receptacles within six feet of interior plumbing fixtures, and all receptacles in the garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures;
  7. The operation of ground fault circuit interrupters; and
  8. Smoke detectors and permanently installed carbon monoxide alarms.

6) Heating equipment;

  1. Normal operating controls;
  2. Automatic safety controls;
  3. Chimneys, flues, and vents, where readily visible;
  4. Solid fuel heating devices;
  5. Heat distribution systems including fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units, convectors; and
  6. The presence or absence of an installed heat source for each habitable space.

7) Air Conditioning

  1. Central air conditioning and through-the-wall installed cooling systems including:
  2. Cooling and air handling equipment; and
  3. Normal operating controls.
  4. Distribution systems including:
  5. Fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with associated supports, dampers, insulation, air filters, registers, fan-coil units; and
  6. The presence or absence of an installed cooling source for each habitable space.

8) Interior

  1. Walls, ceiling, and floors;
  2. Steps, stairways, balconies, and railings;
  3. Counters and a representative number of built-in cabinets; and
  4. A representative number of doors and windows.

9) Insulation and Ventilation

  1. Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces;
  2. Ventilation of attics and foundation areas;
  3. Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry venting systems; and
  4. The operation of any readily accessible attic ventilation fan, and, when temperature permits, the operation of any readily accessible thermostatic control.

10) Built-In Kitchen Appliances

  1. Permanently installed dishwasher(s), through a normal cycle;
  2. Range(s), cook top(s), and permanently instal
    led oven(s);
  3. Trash compactor(s);
  4. Garbage disposal(s);
  5. Ventilation equipment or range hood(s); and
  6. Permanently installed microwave oven(s).