The Residential Inspection
The residential inspection is commonly preformed as part of the purchase of a home. This inspection can also be important prior to listing a property for sale. The pre-purchase residential inspection can bring piece-of-mind and assurance to a prospective buyer, while a pre-listing inspection can provide confidence and credibility to the seller.
It is important to note that the residential inspection is not a “Pass/Fail” test of the property. It is intended to provide a snapshot of the condition of the homes components and systems at the time of the inspection. No house is perfect, not even a newly constructed home and when the inspection shows an item as “Deficient” it does not necessarily mean defective.
One of my primary duties as a Licensed Professional Home inspector is to provide knowledge and education about your home. I take pride in knowing that after we have reviewed and discussed your inspection and inspection report, and answered all your questions you will have a solid understanding of your homes components and systems.
What is covered in a residential inspection?
A residential inspection from Full Service Home Inspection adheres to the stringent standards of the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC SOP) and the national inspection standards of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI SOP). The inspection standards of practice set forth by these two organizations are recognized as the industry standard and focus on the related components of the home grouped into systems. The inspected systems are explained below.
I. Structural Systems
The structural system section is the core of the home inspection and consists of the following components.
- Grading and Drainage
- Roof Covering Materials
- Roof Structure and Attics
- Interior Walls, Ceilings, Floors, and Doors
- Exterior Walls, Doors, and Windows
- Exterior and Interior Glazing (Glass)
- Interior and Exterior Stairways
- Fireplaces and Chimneys
- Porches, Balconies, Decks, and Carports
II. Electrical Systems
The electrical systems portion of the inspection evaluates the electrical service coming into the house as well as all of the individual electrical outlets and fixtures.
- Service Entrance and Electrical Panels
- Branch Circuits, Connected Devices, and Fixtures
III. Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
The comfort of your home is vital and perhaps no other systems do more to accomplish this than the heating ventilation and air conditioning systems. The HVAC inspection includes.
- Heating Equipment
- Cooling Equipment
- Duct Systems
IV. Plumbing System
The plumbing system of your home is divided into two parts, supply and waste. The inspection of the plumbing system includes the following.
- Plumbing System (supply and waste)
- Water Heaters
- Hydro-Massage Therapy Equipment (if applicible)
Inspection of the appliances included with your home evaluates their function and installation and focuses on the following items.
- Food Waste Disposer
- Range Hood and Exhaust Systems
- Electric or Gas Range, Cooktops, and Ovens
- Microwave Ovens
- Mechanical Exhaust systems and Bathroom Heaters
- Garage Door Operators (if applicable)
- Dryer Exhaust Systems
VI. Optional Components or Systems
This section includes components and systems that may be included in the inspection but are not required. These items are added to the inspection at the request of the client and are often accompanied by an additional fee. The systems and components found in this section might include but are not limited to the following.
- Landscape Irrigation (Sprinkler) Systems
- Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Equipment
- Private Water Wells