Pre Purchase Home Inspections
Pre Listing Home Inspections
New Construction Home Inspections
We Use Computerized Reports
We use a computerized reporting system which produces a concise and easy to read report complete with color pictures. Your report is available as soon as it is completed via the web on a secure password protected website. You can view and print your report as often and as many times as you wish. Click here to see a sample report.
NCHILB, SCRBC, & ASHI Inspection Standards
All inspections are performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice of the N.C Home Inspector Licensure Board, or the S.C. Residential Builders Commission as well as The American Society of Home Inspectors.
What We Inspect
Exterior – Wall cladding, flashings, and trim. Entryway doors and a representative number of windows. Garage door operators. Decks, balconies, stoops, steps, areaways, 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.
Roofing – Roof coverings. Roof drainage systems. Flashings. Skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations. Signs of leaks or abnormal condensation on building components.
Plumbing – Interior water supply and distribution system, including: piping materials, supports, 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, chimneys, flues, and vents. Fuel storage and distribution systems including: interior fuel storage equipment, supply piping, venting and supports, and leaks.
Electrical – Electrical service entrance conductors. Electrical service equipment, grounding equipment, main overcurrent device, and main and distribution panels. Amperage and voltage ratings of the electrical service. Branch circuit conductors, their overcurrent 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.
Heating – 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, and convectors. The presence or absence of an installed heat source for each habitable space.
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, and fan coil units. The presence or absence of an installed cooling source for each habitable space.
Interiors – Walls, ceilings, and floors. Steps, stairways, balconies, and railings. Counters and a representative number of built-in cabinets. A representative number of windows and doors.
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.
Built-in kitchen appliances – Permanently installed dishwashers through a normal cycle. Ranges, cooktops, and permanently installed ovens. Trash compactors. Garbage disposals. Ventilation equipment or range hoods. Permanently installed microwave ovens.