What is a Comprehensive Home Inspection?
A comprehensive home inspection evaluates the general condition of the property. The home inspector will assess hundreds of items throughout the house, from the foundation to the roof, inside and out. Not all home defects are immediately identifiable with the naked eye. While most sellers provide a Seller’s Disclosure, there could be issues they are unaware of or are failing to disclose. A comprehensive home inspection helps identify aging systems or appliances, deferred maintenance, pest infestations, and needed repairs that could significantly impact the property value.
In some cases, the home inspector will recommend further investigation by a specialist such as an electrician or a mold inspector. It is important to conduct your comprehensive home inspection as soon as possible after signing a contract for sale and purchase. This way you will have enough time remaining in your inspection period to get repair quotes if something major comes up in the inspection.
We recommend downloading this inspection report checklist for future use. You may need it as a reference for all the things that may need improving after you have purchased, or a guide to what might be making that noise in a few years…
What does a Comprehensive Home Inspection Cover?
- Flashings and trim
- Chimney and roof vents
- Fireplace damper door and hearth
- Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings.
- Eaves, soffit and fascia.
- Electrical service lines
- Meter box
- Main disconnect and service amperage
- Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
- Grounding and bonding
- GFCI’s and AFCI’s
- Water penetration and foundation movement
- Grading and drainage
- Main water shut off valves
- Water heating system
- Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
- Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
- Heating systems
- Cooling systems
- Insulation and ventilation
- Wood Destroying Organisms
- Water heater
- Gutters & downspouts
- Garage doors, safety sensors and openers