CTR Home Inspections
Home Inspection Services
For many people, buying a new home is probably the biggest investment you'll ever make and it is a decision that can affect you for years to come. The process of buying a new home can be extremely stressful and confusing. There is always considerable risk involved when making such a large purchase decision. A professional Home Inspection can significantly reduce your risk and help make the entire Home Buying process easier and less stressful.
CTR Home Inspections handles the following inspection services for our clients.
Grounds – Service walks, driveways, decks should all have durable surfaces which should meet the manufacturers warranty if installed properly. Issues such as installation on unstable soil and water saturation can have a negative impact on the life cycle of various components to be inspected.
- Service Walks
- Landscaping affecting Foundation
- Retaining Wall affecting Foundation
- Hose bibs
Roof – Most common roof is asphalt shingles, common warranties are 20-25-30 years. With proper structural materials, flashing etc, the roof life should reach 85-95% before visible deterioration takes place.
- Roof coverings
- Condition of Roof Coverings
- Ventilation System
- Plumbing Vents
Exterior – Wood siding should be professionally painted periodically with all surfaces cleaned and exposed wood primed. Damaged siding should be replaced prior to painting. and all joints, nail holes and seams should also be professionally caulked prior to painting. Note, homes built before 1978 should be tested for lead paint before any painting or repairs are performed.
- Gutters and Downspouts
- Trim/Soffit/ Fascia
- Windows and Screens
- Doors / Weatherstripping
Interior – Windows are made from several different types of materials. From metal to wood to vinyl. Newer windows today are usually Vinyl or PVC with double pane glass and weather stripped jambs and sashes. They are maintenance free and have a high energy rating.
- Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Basement / Crawlspace
Heating – Various heating systems, whether they are gas fired, oil or electric are inspected and reviewed with the client.
- Heating System/s
- Boiler System /s
Air Conditioning – All components of the Air Conditioning system, exterior in the basement or in the attic are totally inspected and discussed.
- Refrigerant lines
- Air Handler
- Condensate lines / drain
Plumbing – Most water heaters properly maintained, will usually last from 8 – 12 years. .Items such as Temperature Pressure Relief valve and its associated extension pipe will be inspected. Some older homes are susceptable to having leaks in baths and kitchens causing floor and wall damage from water intrusion.
- Water Service
- Pipes/ Supply / Drains
- Faucets / Toilets / Tubs / Showers
- Interior Fuel Storage Systems
- Water Heater
Electrical – A thorough inspection of all available receptacles (outlets), switches and panel/s are tested to ensure operability and safety.
- Service Entry
- Main Electrical Panel
- Sub Panels
- Grounding / Bonding
- Service Wire
- Branch Wire
- Receptacles (outlets)