General Building Inspection

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

  • Structural Components
  • Exterior
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Interior
  • Insulation and Ventilation
  • Built-In Kitchen Appliances

1) Structural Components

  • Foundation
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Columns
  • Ceilings
  • Roofs

2) Exterior Wall cladding, flashing, and trim;

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

3) Roofing

  • Roof coverings
  • Roof drainage systems
  • Flashing
  • Skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations
  • Signs of leaks or abnormal condensation on building components

4) Plumbing

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

5)  Electrical

  • Electrical service entrance conductors
  • Electrical service equipment, grounding equipment, main over-current device, and main and distribution panels
  • Amperage and voltage ratings of the electrical service
  • Branch circuit conductors, their over-current devices, and the compatibility of their ampacities
  • 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
  • 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
  • The operation of ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Smoke detectors and permanently installed carbon monoxide alarms.

6) Heating equipment

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

7) Air Conditioning

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

8) Interior

  • Walls, ceiling, and floors
  • Steps, stairways, balconies, and railings
  • Counters and a representative number of built-in cabinets
  • A representative number of doors and windows

9) Insulation and Ventilation

  • Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces
  • Ventilation of attics and foundation areas
  • Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry venting systems
  • 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

  • Permanently installed dishwasher(s), through a normal cycle
  • Range(s), cook top(s), and permanently installed oven(s)
  • Trash compactor(s)
  • Garbage disposal(s)
  • Ventilation equipment or range hood(s)
  • Permanently installed microwave oven(s)

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