A home inspection is an unbiased evaluation of your homes structural, mechanical, and physical components. Our primary concern is the safety of your family. Hidden issues can cost new homeowners thousands and thousands of dollars. Most inspections will take anywhere from 2-3 hours and afterward, we will provide you with an in-depth report of every portion of your home, along with digital photos taken during the inspection.
We will physically complete the following items during your inspection:
- Walk the property and assess the foundation, grading, siding, walls, driveways, sidewalks and all general components.
- Enter the attic and crawl space to assess the insulation value, structure, ventilation and foundation of your home.
- Open your fireplace, work the damper, and evaluate the interior fire box for deficiencies.
- Test a proportionate amount of electrical outlets in every room, and test GFCIs and smoke detectors for safety.
- Operate every faucet and plumbing fixture in every bathroom, utility, kitchen and exterior of your home.
- Operate the sump pump for assessment, unless the pit is dry.
- Open a proportionate amount of windows in every room of the house.
- Observe the roof of your new home to assess the condition, age, and functionality of the roofing material, gutters, downspouts, vents, chimneys and flashings present.
- Remove the furnace cover to assess the interior portion of the fire chamber, operate the furnace and air conditioner.
- Remove the electrical panel box cover to assess the inner wiring for safety issues.
- Operate the automatic garage door openers and assess the safety returns.
- Operate all built in appliances, disposal, and run a cycle on the dishwasher in the kitchen.
- Instruct you on how to turn off your main water supply, main electrical supply, main gas supply, change the water temperature on the water heater, operate your furnace and change your filters.
- Deliver a narrative report including digital photography, summary sections, and detailed recommendations for corrective actions needed within 24 hours of completion of inspection.
What Really Matters
Most of your inspection report will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
- Major defects – An example of this would be a structural failure.
- Things that lead to major defects – A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
- Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.
- Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect; keep things in perspective. Don’t kill your deal over things that don’t matter. It is typically inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure, or nit-picky items.
While other companies base their inspection fees on the overall price of the home, Spotlight Inspection Services bases pricing on the age, size, and location of the home.
View A Sample Report that will be delivered to you within 24 hours of the inspection completion.View First Sample Report View Second Sample Report