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Pre-Purchase Inspections

Routine pre-purchase inspections include the following:

  • Roof: I used to have a roofing crew and am well familiar with the industry.  If the roof is not too steep and not above 25 ft high, I always try to walk the roof. If I am unable to walk the roof I will stand my ladder up to the roof and see what I am able to see from the edge.  Because the style of my ladder requires that I open it up to full length before standing it up, I cannot stand it up if there are trees or wires that prevent me from approaching the house with a fully extended ladder.  I do what I can, but it may not be possible to get on the roof or up to the roof.  Snow on the roof also severely limits what can be learned about the roof during the inspection.  If I am back in the area in the next few days I might be able to come back for the roof inspection for no additional charge.  However, it if requires a special trip, a trip charge will be added.

  • Gutters & Downspouts

  • Foundation: exterior, and interior if possible.

  • Steps, Stairs, and Railings

  • Decks and Patios

  • Walks and Driveways

  • Surface Drainage

  • Mechanicals: (furnace, AC, Water heater) will attempt to use serial numbers to determine their approximate age and therefore, how far they are into their expected lifecycle.
    • Electrical: Will open the circuit panel and look for any anomalies
    • Air Conditioner: Will run the AC if the temperature is above 64 F
    • Furnace: Will run the furnace briefly and make note of any concerns, and check the fan.
    • Water heater: Will attempt to view the burner for debris and buildup

  • Room by Room: Each door and window, and on older homes, exposed outlets.  Also checked are the closet, ceiling, walls, and flooring.

  • Moisture: Will point out anywhere there appears to be past or present moisture, including basements and attics.

  • Appliances:
  • Will run the dishwasher through a short cycle,
  • Will run the washing machine through a short cycle.
  • Will make sure the drier gets warm on the high heat cycle
  • Will test the burners and make sure the oven comes on
  • Will make sure the microwave runs
    • Will test the ventilation function
    • Will check the oven surface light

  • Sump pumps: Will attempt to run the sump pump, unless the pit top is sealed.

  • Plumbing System & Fixtures
  • Attic:
  • Insulation: type and depth
  • Ventilation: soffit and roof