The Home Inspection

What’s Included

All of our home home inspections are built around the house as a system – The interior, exterior, septic system, and more. Many people ask us what is included on their home inspection, and while there are too many items and components to enumerate, the list below give you a general idea of the many things that are included. All of our home inspections meet and exceed industry standards and incorporate the InterNACHI SOP and the SOP set out in the State of New Hampshire.

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Roof Covering

  • We walk roofs to inspect them. Some common-sense exceptions would be unsafe roofs, snow covered, etc.
  • Gutters and roof drainage systems.
  • Flashing.
  • Skylights, roof caps, roof vents, plumbing vents, and other roof penetrations are inspected.

Chimney, Fireplaces

  • Chimney crowns
  • Chimney walls
  • Chimney flashing
  • Fuel-burning fireplaces, stoves, and fireplace inserts.
  • Fuel-burning accessories installed in fireplaces

Exterior

  • Wall coverings
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Decks
  • Balconies
  • Stoops
  • Steps
  • Porches
  • Guardrails
  • Drainage and grading that is likely to affect the building
  • Retaining walls
  • Vegetation that is likely to affect the building
  • Walkways
  • Patios
  • Driveways
  • Foundation walls
  • Vent terminals and air intakes
  • Exterior faucets

Basement / Foundation / Structure

  • Foundation walls
  • Basement floor
  • Crawl spaces
  • Sump Systems, including the sump basket, sump pump, sump cover, and extension piping.
  • Floor structure (posts, beams, joists, etc.)
  • Basement insulation
  • Signs of basement moisture

Electrical

  • Exterior electrical components, including the service drop, service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways.
  • The main panel and any subpanels.
  • Service grounding
  • Interior electrical components, including the majority of outlets, switches, and lights.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters
  • Smoke and CO alarms

Plumbing

  • Drain, waste, and vent pipes
  • Water distribution pipes
  • The visible portion of the water main, which is the water supply pipe that brings water into the home
  • Water heaters
  • Water heater vents.
  • Clothes washers and dryers
  • Floor drains
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Tubs
  • Showers
  • Gas lines.
  • Main gas and water valves

Heating

  • Installed heating equipment such as furnaces, boilers, and space heaters.
  • Furnace filters
  • Ductwork
  • Registers
  • Vent connector and vent
  • Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) or Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs)

Cooling

  • Central and permanently installed cooling equipment
  • Temperature difference testing is used to determine if cooling equipment is operational
  • Condensate disposal

Interior

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Skylights
  • Stairs, handrails, and guards
  • Counters and cabinets
  • Vent fans
  • Kitchen appliances

Attic

  • Framing and sheathing
  • Exhaust fans and ducts
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation

Garage

  • Overhead doors
  • Garage door openers
  • Doors, stairs, walls, floor, electrical, and more