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The code of ethics requires inspectors to provide their clients with written reports of the home inspection. The report needs to contain detailed information on the subject property. Some professional associations and state regulations require home inspectors to provide you with a written report after concluding the inspection.

The inspection report needs to clearly identify the components and systems of the property observed by the inspector. Many inspectors will include photos, and these reports can include up to 25 pages of information. Here are the key areas you can expect to be covered in a home inspection report:

• Structural components including foundation and framing of the home.

• Exterior features including siding, soffit, porches, balconies, walkways, railings, and driveways.

• Roof system including shingles, flashing, and skylights.

• Electrical system including service panels, breakers, and fuses.

• Plumbing systems including pipes, drains, water heating equipment, and sump pumps.

• Heating system including equipment and venting.

• Cooling system including energy sources and distribution equipment.

• Interior features including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs, and railings.

• Insulation and ventilation including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces.

• Fireplaces including chimneys and vents.


Four-Points Inspection

Insurance companies have become increasingly reluctant to issue homeowner insurance policies on older homes (usually 25 years old or more). Their common concern is that there may be conditions in an older home that could become a liability to them. For instance, a home with a roof nearing the end of its reliable service life may fail while under the policy and the homeowner may seek reimbursement from their insurance company for damages to the home or its contents. Similar concerns extend to the condition of the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems in an older home. If these elements are in poor condition, in need of being updated or replaced, or were improperly installed, they may fail and cause fire or water damage to a home.

Newer homes are assumed (by the insurance companies) to not have these problems as frequently as older homes.


Wind Mitigaiton Inspection

A windstorm inspection, also referred to as a windstorm mitigation inspection, windstorm insurance inspection or wind mitigation inspection, is a kind of home inspection common in the coastal areas of the Southeastern United States. The purpose of a windstorm inspection is to determine the appropriateness of a given structure's construction in the event of strong winds, such as those present in a hurricane.

Windstorm inspections look for construction features that have been shown to reduce losses in hurricanes, such as a hip roofconcrete block construction, the presence of gable end bracingshutters and opening protections, the presence of roof to wall attachments such as toe nails, clips or hurricane straps, and the presence of a secondary water resistance barrier.

A homeowner with windstorm insurance can often submit the results of a windstorm inspection to their insurer to obtain discounts on their windstorm insurance. In Florida, for example, premium discounts for certain favorable wind mitigation features are mandated by state law and can total 45% of the original policy's premium. In coastal parts of Texas, the state mandates windstorm inspections prior to certifying a new building.


Roof Inspection

A proper roof inspection is also undertaken from inside the structure as well. Inspection of eaves, interior chimney surfaces, fasteners, roof braces, and support materials (for example, the condition of plywood sheathing for a wood roof) may reveal that closer exterior inspection is needed. A proper roof inspection will take from three-quarters of an hour to several hours, depending on the size and complexity of the roof.

Some common problems addressed in a roof inspection are blistering due to trapped water vapor, open laps around flashing due to poor adhesion of membrane to metal flashing, splitting of roof surface material, deteriorating or loose flashing, and fastener issues. Older roofs are inspected for brittleness and surface deterioration, while newer roofs are notable for showing settlement problems that are easily corrected. Crumbling chimneys and loose or defective gutters are also included in the issues to be addressed in a roof inspection.

Roof repair need not be extensive or costly if proper roof inspections are carried out on a regular basis. Having a roof inspected is intended to detect and repair small defects before they become big problems. Catastrophic roof failure essentially dooms a structure, no matter how well the rest of the building is constructed. Some of the conditions stated in our reports are: 

  • Possible movement
  • Condition of roofing materials
  • Ridges, caps, and drip edges
  • Soundness of drains, downspouts, and gutters
  • Flashing around roof pipes, chimneys, vents, valleys, and mounting of HVAC units
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Repairs Cost Estimates with every full inspection at no additional cost!
For a limited time, get a free repairs' cost estimate with your home inspection report! Here are some of the most popular calculations our customer have requested:

Addition to Existing Structure - Build
Add additional living space to a home. 

Bathroom - Remodel
Create a bathroom or substantially alter an old one. 

Kitchen - Remodel
Add a kitchen or substantially alter an old one. 

Addition to Existing Structure - Build - For Business
Add additional living space to a home. 

Basement - Remodel
Finish, alter or remodel a basement. 

Bathroom - Remodel 
Create a bathroom or substantially alter an old one. 

Garage - Remodel
Professionally build attached or detached garage. 

Kitchen - Remodel - For Business
Add a kitchen or substantially alter an old one. 

Major Home Repairs 
Substantial upgrades or repairs for all or most of home. 

Major Renovation - Multiple Rooms
Larger scale renovation, repairs and fix-ups where multiple trades are involved.

Major Renovation - Multiple Rooms 
Includes everything but baths, kitchens, basements. 

Outdoor Kitchen-Build
Build an outdoor kitchen for entertainment and relaxation. 
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