During a General Building Inspection The inspector will visually inspect the following 10 systems of the home.
- Structural Components
- Air Conditioning
- Insulation and Ventilation
- Built-In Kitchen Appliances
1) Structural Components
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; and
- Vegetation, grading, and drainage with respect only to their effect on the condition of the building.
- Roof coverings;
- Roof drainage systems;
- Skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations; and
- Signs of’ leaks or abnormal condensation on building components.
- Interior water supply and distribution system, including: piping materials, supports, and insulation; fixtures and faucets; functional flow; leaks; and cross connections;
- Interior drain, waste, and vent system, including: traps; drain, waste, and vent piping; piping supports and pipe insulation; leaks; and functional drainage;
- Hot water systems including: water heating equipment; normal operating controls; automatic safety
controls; and chimneys, flues, and vents;
- Fuel storage and distribution systems including: interior fuel storage equipment, supply piping, venting, and supports; leaks; and
- Sump pumps.
- Electrical service entrance conductors;
- Electrical service equipment, grounding equipment, main over-curre
nt 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; and
- 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; and
- 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; and
- The presence or absence of an installed cooling source for each habitable space.
- Walls, ceiling, and floors;
- Steps, stairways, balconies, and railings;
- Counters and a representative number of built-in cabinets; and
- 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; and
- 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 instal
- Trash compactor(s);
- Garbage disposal(s);
- Ventilation equipment or range hood(s); and
- Permanently installed microwave oven(s).