PRO Home Inspection & Claims Service, Inc. utilizes a computer generated report that is provided to you at the conclusion of the inspection. No waiting and wondering about the condition of the property. You have the answers you need immediately upon completion of the inspection. At the same time you have an opportunity to take a walk-through with the inspector wherein he will visually identify many items noted in the report and answer any questions you may have concerning it.
Our inspections usually require a minimum of 2 1/2 hours to complete with more time required for older and/or larger homes. We are able to inspect crawl areas for homes that have raised foundations, as well as swimming pools and/or spas. Each inspection covers the specific areas listed below, as applicable to the property.
Grounds: Driveway, sidewalks, retaining walls, patio, patio cover, decks, porches, fences and gates.
Exterior: Exterior stairs, exterior walls, trim, chimney, sprinklers, hose faucets, gutters and downspouts
Foundation: Grading, slab on grade, crawlspace, basement, ventilation, floor construction and basement stairs.
Roof: Shingle or tile roofs and exposed flashings.
Plumbing: Main water line, water pressure, water supply lines, waste lines and the water heater.
Heating & Air Conditioning: Description & condition of system, venting, combustion air, burners, distribution, controls, air filter, air conditioning compressor and refrigerant lines.
Electrical: Service, main panel, sub-panel, interior and exterior electrical outlets, GFCI outlets, switches and lighting fixtures.
Interior: Interior and exterior doors, door locks, casings, jambs, windows, interior walls, ceilings, floors coverings, stairs, handrails, smoke detectors, fireplace and attic.
Garage: Floor, firewall, ceiling, ventilation, doors, vehicle door(s)) automatic opener and electrical such as switches, outlets and lighting fixtures.
Kitchen: Sink, countertops, flooring, disposal, range/cook top, dishwasher and any special features.
Bathrooms: Toilet, sink(s), ventilation, bathtub and shower.
WALK-THROUGH: A walk-through is the Client’s opportunity to “tour” the home with the inspector. During the walk-through we visually identify many items noted in the report. This is a time for sharing information and answering questions. Everything discussed during a walk-through is included in the report, so if the Client is unable attend the walk-through, the report will still speak for itself. Digital photographs in a PDF format are emailed within three to five business days of the inspection and provide a visual reminder of some of the findings noted in the report.
These additional services may be added to the cost of the whole house inspection should they be applicable to the property you are purchasing.
RAISED FOUNDATIONS: Homes that are on a raised foundation have a crawl space where the inspector can go under the home. Homes with this kind of foundation typically have vent screens all the way around the foundation and an access opening in either an interior closet, garage or outside the home. Some of the discoveries made by checking this area of a home include tilting or missing foundation piers , improper wiring, leaking or corroded plumbing and wet or eroded soil.
POOLS/SPA: Houses with a pool or spa provide a luxury not found in most homes. We will inspect the equipment to determine whether it is operating properly, as well as look for cracks in the cool deck, plaster and tile. Pools and spas are also checked for proper grounding and GFCI protected outlets.
OLDER HOMES: Homes that are more than 25 years old have the advantage of character that is not seen in many newer homes today. The charm and grace of a home built in the 1950’s or earlier affords the buyer a unique living experience. Some of these homes have been remodeled with up-to-date fixtures and appliances. However, many of them have not been maintained as well or the remodeling may have been done by an inexperience homeowner or handyman and so require additional time to fully inspect them.