Directly following completion of the inspection, a comprehensive written report is issued. The inspector will then go through his findings, pointing out and explaining any problem areas or safety issues that need to be corrected.
The Inspection Process
The following are some of the systems and components ("items") that are inspected and reported on during the course of our inspection. These items are examined for material defects that would significantly affect the value, desirability, or safety of the home.
- Foundations, basements, and under floor areas including but not limited to: foundations and support components; ventilation; insulation; access openings; wood separation from soil; drainage and sump pumps; seismic anchoring and bracing.
- Building exteriors including but not limited to: surface grade; hardscaping; site drainage; wall coverings; doors and windows: attached appurtenances (decks, balconies, porches, stairs, railings, and walkways etc.)
- Roof coverings including but not limited to: roof coverings; flashings; vents; skylights; roof penetration, roof drainage.
- Attic areas and roof framing including but not limited to: framing and sheathing; access openings; insulation; ventilation.
- Plumbing systems including but not limited to: supply; waste and vent piping; plumbing; fixtures, faucets and drains; water heating equipment; functional flow of water supply; functional drainage at fixtures; gas piping and connectors.
- Electrical systems including but not limited to: service conductors; service equipment and capacity; panels and over current protection devices; service and equipment grounding wiring; switches, receptacles, and light fixtures.
- Heating systems including but not limited to: heating equipment; venting systems; combustion and Ventilating air, energy sources and connections.
- Central cooling systems including but not limited to: cooling equipment; distribution systems; energy sources and connections; condensate drainage.
- Fireplace and chimneys including but not limited to: chimneys; flues and dampers; fireboxes, hearth extensions and accessories; solid-fuel and gas-burning appliances.
- Building interiors including but not limited to: walls, ceilings, and floors; security bars; ventilation; doors and windows; stairs; railings; cabinets and counters; safety glazing; smoke detector placement; laundry provisions; built-in appliances.
The fee that Castle charges for a home inspection is typically based on the total square footage of the home. With this type of tiered pricing structure, Castle is able to remain competitive with other qualified home inspection companies. Payment of inspection fees is due and payable by cash or check upon completion of the inspection. The fees that are listed above are subject to change without further notice and may vary slightly depending on overall general condition, location, and ownership/rental history. Please call for a personal quote.