A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the areas of your home that are
safely accessible and visible. A comprehensive home inspection report will be provided to you within 24 hours after completion of the home inspection.
The State of Alabama requires home inspectors to adhere to certain guidelines or Home Inspection Standards of Practice. I encourage my clients to download and read the The Standards of Practice to gain a general knowledge of the home inspection process.
The scope of work may be modified by the client and home inspector prior to the home inspection, and generally includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Structure: the skeleton of the house, its foundation, and framing
Exterior: walks, driveway, siding, drainage system, gutters, doors, and windows
Interior: walls, ceilings, and floors that may have water stains or mold
Roofing: roof coverings, drainage, flashings, skylights, and chimneys
Heating: heating systems, vents, flues, chimneys, and heating energy source
Air Conditioining: home cooling system, including central and through-wall cooling equipment
Plumbing and Fixtures: water supply and drainage system, hot water heater, and fuel storage system
Fireplaces: proper installation, chimney, and flue safety, as well as proper drafting
Electrical: service entrance wires, breakers and fuses, and disconnects
Ventilation: adequate insulation and mechanical ventilation systems
Insulation: Check for insulation and vapor barriers in unfinished spaces.