The primary purpose of a home inspection is to identify any potential issues with a property that might affect the price you pay for it or, in some cases, whether you purchase it at all. A comprehensive single-family home inspection is your opportunity to learn about the hidden elements before you commit to buying.
The dedicated and knowledgeable team at Top Local Home Inspectors will provide a comprehensive analysis and inspect the structural components of your single-family property, which includes: a foundation inspection, basement inspection, as well as floor, wall, and ceiling structure assessment.
Regardless of the property’s age, a thorough inspection of the existing roof––including any skylights or chimney structures––is essential.
All electrical elements of the property will be assessed for safety, including any external components like GFCI-protected outlets and automatic garage door openers.
A thorough drainage inspection will be completed, including toilet and septic systems (if possible), not to mention dishwashers and garbage disposal devices.
The soundness of all heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems, including exhaust fans, heating and cooling equipment, air ducts and vents––regardless of age––will be assessed.
If the seller includes any appliances with the property, like refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, and washer/dryer machines, these items will also be inspected.
Whichever areas of your single-family home require inspection by law or by request can be performed by any one of our skilled inspectors. The safety of you and your family is our primary concern.
At Top Local Home Inspectors, we ensure the safety of your new or existing condominium property by providing a comprehensive assessment of various internal and external elements.
Unlike the inspection of a house, the building systems in a condominium development are mostly common elements––those shared with others in the building. These building systems include electrical, plumbing, and roofing, the maintenance and repairs covered by condo fees that everyone in the building pays. A condo inspection generally covers what’s within the legal boundary of your unit for safety and operational efficiency.
A condo inspection typically involves the assessment of singular items within your unit. These include electrical outlets, doors, entryways, ceilings and flooring, and window and appliance inspections.
At Top Local Home Inspectors, we provide quality inspections of all types of properties, including multi-unit buildings.
A multi-unit inspection involves property with anywhere from two to four individual units. Evaluations of these property types are critical as each unit can feature issues unique from the others. If you own a multi-unit property and rent it out to boarders, an inspection can determine potential issues before they become costly problems.
Similar to a single-family home inspection, multi-unit inspections include exterior components, like sidewalks, landscaping, driveways, and fences––as well as basements, attics, roofs, chimneys, gutters, foundations, garages, fireplaces, plumbing, staircases, windows, doors, and entryways.
Flooring, ceilings, electrical outlets, water heating, appliances and HVAC systems are also included.
Just because your property is a new build does not mean that oversights and missteps can’t have occurred during construction. People often assume that new home construction is without faults––this is not the case. And a member of Top Local Home Inspectors can prove it.
When evaluating a new home construction, inspectors primarily look for structural defects, like cracks in the foundation, sub-standard framing work, and improper grading. Drainage issues––which can result in damages later on––window leaks, electrical hazards (improper wiring, open grounds), plumbing issues (reversed faucet installations, improper piping) are all common elements that can be spotted by our trained inspectors.
Also, interior work and appliances, as well as HVAC issues, thermostat installation, and loose connections are assessed.
Not only are home inspections for new builds a smart way of evaluating potential issues for new home buyers, but in some areas, it’s also actually the law. Inspectors often find examples of shoddy workmanship, incomplete tasks, and half-installed items that can be hazardous and create a liability issue down the road. With a thorough home inspection, owners can itemize any issues found and bring them to the construction builder or developer’s attention in time to have them fixed.
There are different stages at which you can have an inspector evaluate your new home construction:
There is a pre-pour inspection, wherein the inspector will look at water lines, soil, elevation, piping, grading, and drainage issues.
Then, there is a framing inspection––this is when inspectors assess beams, bearing, and other framing items, as well as stairwells, cracks, and leaks (including driveway and sidewalk cracks), water intrusion, plumbing, wiring, and ductwork.
Finally, there is the final inspection, wherein roofing, chimneys and gutters are assessed, as well as foundations, basements, patios, driveways/garages, doors, and windows. This final stage is also usually where homeowners will have any new appliances inspected, like refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, and ovens.
As the homeowner, you are encouraged to have all types of inspections arranged during each stage of your new home construction.
If you are considering a property inspection, Top Local Home Inspectors can work with you to determine the type of inspection you need, while also providing affordable rates and friendly, knowledgeable staff.
With 10+ years of experience, our dedicated team of professionals can help make the home buying or selling process easy and safe for you and your family.
At Top Local Inspectors, we have the expertise and experience to perform foreclosure inspections when you need a professional to take a look.
During the foreclosure process, having a professional evaluate the property for maintenance issues and defects is standard practice.Learn More