What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, objective, visual examination of the condition of a home. Home buyers now entering the
marketplace view inspections as a way to gain valuable information about the biggest purchase of their lifetime. It helps them to
determine whether there are any major defects or system inadequacies at the time of purchase.

In most cases, home inspections are performed after a sales contract, conditional upon a satisfactory home inspection, has been
accepted by the seller. The inspection can usually be arranged immediately to within a few days. The home buyer is typically
encouraged to attend the inspection, so that he/she can see first hand the workings of the home. It also represents an excellent
opportunity for the prospective buyer to ask questions about the home or to discuss potential changes.

Home inspections should also highlight the positive aspects of a home. In fact, many of the home inspector's
observations or recommendations help to dispel home purchaser anxieties, and provide useful repair suggestions.

The home inspector's service to the purchaser is primarily one of education. The goal of the inspector is to provide the purchaser
with a better understanding of the physical condition of the home in order that they can make a well-informed decision. It is also
the inspector's role to keep his findings in perspective for the buyer. After the inspection is completed, a written report will be
ready for the home buyer, documenting the results of the inspection. *

The home inspection should not be confused with an appraisal, a municipal code inspection, an environmental audit, or a home
owner's warranty.

A complete home inspection should cover all of the major systems of a house, including structure, exterior, roofing, electrical,
heating, cooling, insulation, plumbing and interior.

EXTERIOR COMPONENTS
  • ROOF, CHIMNEY, FLASHING,VALLEY-
  • Evidence of water penetration, materials, condition
SIDING, TRIM, WINDOWS & STORMS-
  • General condition of each
LANDSCAPE-
  • Proper grading and its effects on the foundation
GUTTERS, DOWNSPOUTS-
  • Overall condition and its ability to carry off rainwater
DRIVEWAYS, PATIOS, DECKS, PORCHES-
  • General condition of each
AIR CONDITIONER COMPRESSOR
  • Overall condition

INTERIOR COMPONENTS
HEATING SYSTEM-
Visible portion of heating plant and components
PLUMBING SYSTEM-
All visible fixtures, pipes, and drains tested
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM-
Outside wiring, service panel and visible wiring inspected, random testing of outlets
WALLS, FLOORS, CEILINGS, WINDOWS-
General condition of each
ATTIC-
Visible roof sheathing, venting, insulation and framing
BASEMENT, STRUCTURE, SUMP PUMP-
Foundation soundness and evidence of moisture penetration

As a minimum, an inspection should meet the Standards of Practice of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors
(NACHI) or American Society of Home Inspectors® (ASHI®).

Consumers should be very careful when shopping for a home inspector. The industry on the whole is unregulated, and many
unqualified people offer home inspection services.   The average time for an inspection should be 2 to 2.5 hours depending on
experience, and size of property.  At NorthStar quality and low prices are the norm.


*  The client has the option of either a written or on-line computer generated report with digital photos.  The photos can be e-mailed or delivered by CD via the USPS.
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