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What to Expect

The General Home Inspection (GHI) is an overview that covers all safely accessible and visible parts of the structure and grounds. The property's components and systems are observed and operated to verify safety, proper installation, and function. 


Detailed notes and photographs are taken during the inspection and will be included in the final inspection report. This report will be e-mailed to the client within 24 hours upon the conclusion of the inspection. 


Inspection Focal Points

  • Roof, vents, flashings, trim and other components  
  • Gutters and downspouts  
  • Grounds and drainage  
  • Grading  
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings  
  • Eaves, soffit and fascia  
  • Foundation  
  • Basements and accessible crawlspaces  
  • HVAC systems  
  • Main water shut off valves  
  • Water heating system  
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets  
  • Sump pumps with accessible floats  
  • Main electrical disconnect and service amperage  
  • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses  
  • Grounding and bonding,  
  • GFCIs and AFCIs  
  • Other accessible electrical components  
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth  
  • Attic  
  • Insulation and ventilation  
  • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers,  
  • And more…o

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Tips For a Smooth Inspection

  • Confirm with the seller or builder that all utilities will be on during the inspection.
  • For New Construction Inspections, schedule the inspection a day or two before your final walk-through. This gives your builder time to address found deficiencies.
  • Attend the inspection if possible. Inspections typically last 2-4 hours, depending on the size and age of the home.
    This is your opportunity to:
    • Gain knowledge of major systems, appliances and fixtures.
    • Learn maintenance schedules and tips.
    • Better understand the items outlined in the written report.
  • For further concerns or in-depth questions about major systems (i.e. roof, HVAC, etc), please contact the appropriate contractor specialist.
  • If you have any questions regarding your inspection or report, please contact your inspector.


Please understand that we cannot pull down walls or move large furnishings. It is possible that not every defect will be seen during an inspection. Inaccessible features will be noted on the inspection report.


Once the property is yours, keep up to date on routine maintenance. Failure to do so may result in unplanned expenses down the road.

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