Annual Inspections are preformed for home owners on a yearly basis.  Most home owners today have a home inspections performed prior to purchasing their homes.  Once this is done and the issues are addressed, most people get settled back into their normal routine and become too busy to keep up the normal maintenance owning a home requires.  In fact, deferred maintenance is a primary reason for most major/minor issues within homes today.  And once there is an issue, there tends to be a domino effect.  Homes are systems, each component of a house is meant to complement the other components.  Our Annual Inspections can help catch regular maintenance issues before they become costly problems.

 

What are Annual Inspections?

An Annual Inspection by Certified Home & Property Inspection are third party, non-invasive, visual examinations of the accessible areas of a residential property which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components.  Home Inspections performed by Certified Home & Property Inspection meet and/or exceed the Standards of Practice (SOP) set forth by both The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).

More simply put, Certified Home and Property Inspection inspects around and throughout a home (preferably with the home owner), making note and taking pictures of any defect(s), safety concern(s) and maintenance issues.  Certified Home & Property Inspection then creates a comprehensive but easy to read report including pictures and recommendations regarding these issues.

 

How long do inspections take?

Depending on the size and condition of the home, most home inspections take about three (3) hours.  At this point, the inspector will return to the office, type the report, review and deliver it to the client in PDF format via email.  Home inspection reports are typically delivered within twenty-four (24) hours.

 

What’s Included?

The areas of the home we check:
Roof (Home Inspections include)

• roof-covering materials;
• gutters;
• downspouts;
• vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations; and
• general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.

Exterior (Home Inspections include)

• exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim;
• all exterior doors;
• adjacent walkways and driveways;
• stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps;
• porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports;
• railings, guards and handrails;
• eaves, soffits and fascia;
• a representative number of windows; and
• vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may
adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion.

Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure (Home Inspections include)

• the foundation;
• the basement;
• the crawlspace; and
• structural components.

Heating & Cooling (Home Inspections include)

• the heating system; and
• the cooling system using normal operating controls.

Plumbing (Home Inspections include)

• the main water supply shut-off valve;
• the main fuel supply shut-off valve;
• the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections,
temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing;
• interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water;
• all toilets for proper operation by flushing;
• all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage;
• the drain, waste and vent system; and
• drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.

Electrical (Home Inspections include)

• service drop;
• overhead service conductors and attachment point;
• service head, gooseneck and drip loops;
• service mast, service conduit and raceway;
• electric meter and base;
• service-entrance conductors;
• main service disconnect;
• panel boards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses);
• service grounding and bonding;
• a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles;
• all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and
deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible; and
• smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.

Fireplace (Home Inspections include)

• readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys;
• lintels above the fireplace openings;
• damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and
• cleanout doors and frames.

Attic, Insulation & Ventilation (Home Inspections include)

• insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas;
• ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; and
• mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area.

Doors, Windows & Interior (Home Inspections include)

• a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them;
• floors, walls and ceilings;
• stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps;
• railings, guards and handrails; and
• garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating
controls.

 

Contact us today to schedule your affordable, professional inspection.

 

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BBB Akron, Home Inspectors

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