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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 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