Complete Home Inspection
A complete home inspection is conducted upon completion of the home, and is generally before the contract between buyer and seller is finalized. When building a new home, we recommend that we inspect twice during the construction. If you purcahse a newly constructed home after the drywall is installed, we will perform a Complete Home Inspection just before the walk-through of the builder. Our inspector, armed with the most advanced inspecting equipment, performs a complete structural and mechanical analysis, carefully inspecting each of the following:
- Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
- Skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations
- Eaves, soffit, and fascia
- Gutters and downspouts
- Exterior wall covering
- Grading and drainage
- Basement, foundation, and crawlspace
- Water penetration and foundation movement
- Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
- Fireplace damper door and hearth
- Insulation and ventilation
- Doors, windows, and locks
A detailed check of all major systems including:
- Heating systems
- Cooling systems
- Main water shut-off valves
- Water heating system
- Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
- Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
- Electrical service line and meter box
- Main disconnect and service amperage
- Electrical panels, breakers, and fuses
- Grounding and bonding
- GFCIs and AFCIs
- Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Carbon monoxide and combustible gas leak tests
Functional testing of built-in appliances including:
- Built-in microwaves
A basic home energy review including audits of the:
- Insulation and vapor barriers
- Duct work, registers, and returns
- Heating and cooling systems
Once you have repaired issues discovered during a home inspection, we are available to come back at a reduced rate to make sure repairs were properly made. This helps you to ascertain that items noted in the inspection report were repaired correctly and comply with current building codes. Re-inspections help you to further protect your investment and your home from future damage resulting from improper repairs.
If a home is vacant for an extended period of time, it should be winterized. The inspector will shut off the water to the house, empty the plumbing lines, drain the water heater, and fill all drain traps with antifreeze.
The home you purchased may have been winterized. If so, we will come to turn the water on, check for leaks, and ensure all plumbing is operational.
End of Builders Warranty
The sale of a newly built home typically includes a one-year warranty, during which time the builder will correct any problems. It is wise to have an inspection conducted shortly before the one-year warranty expires so you will know what to have the builder correct. Don’t get stuck with those home maintenance bills later! Have your home inspected before the warranty runs out.
When having a rural property inspected, it is important not to forget about the septic system. The septic system is one of the least thought about systems in a home today, but is also one of the most important. Hearthstone Certified Property Inspectors, LLC can perform a septic system visual evaluation dye test.
We advise that, when purchasing a home with a septic system, the septic tank be cleaned by a reputable company and that you use a bacterial agent on a regular basis.