Home Inspections

What is a Home Inspection?

Friedheim Home New years 8x10 #The Standards of Practice laid out by ASHI American Society Of Home Inspectors. These standards have been adopted by the South Carolina SC LLR Labor Licensing Review Board and the Residential Builders Commission, and they State the following:

2.2 Inspectors shall:

  1. adhere to the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
  2. inspect readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and componentslisted in these Standards of Practice.
  3. report:
    1. those systems and components inspected that, in the professional judgment of the inspector, are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives.
    2. recommendations to correct, or monitor for future correction, the deficienciesreported in 2.2.C.1, or items needing further evaluation. (Per Exclusion 13.2.A.5inspectors are NOT required to determine methods, materials, or costs of corrections.)
    3. reasoning or explanation as to the nature of the deficiencies reported in 2.2.C.1, that are not self-evident.
    4. systems and components designated for inspection in these Standards of Practice that were present at the time of the home inspection but were notinspected and the reason(s) they were not inspected.

Below is a list of the systems and components covered in an inspection. The inspector shall give the general condition of each at the time of the inspection plus any pertinent information as listed above. There are certain items not covered in an inspection like entering in-accessable areas, personal items like refrigerators and clothes washers, turning on power and water.

Here is a link to the ASHI Standard Of Practice if you’d like an in depth look at what is and what isn’t a home inspection.

http://www.homeinspector.org/standards/standards2.aspx

This is what you can expect From a PPR Home Inspections Report. Our reports are not technically exhaustive. We give the general condition of each system of the home at the time of the inspection.

Roofing Guttering Home InspectionROOFING, GUTTERING AND OTHER ROOF COMPONENTS

  • Roof style
  • Fireplace chimneys
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Roof coverings (materials)
  • Visible flashing
  • Skylights
  • Roof penetrations (plumbing stacks, gas vents, etc.)

PlumbingPLUMBING

  • Visible water piping
  • Water supply
  • Waste disposal system
  • Main water shut-off
  • Water heater
  • Faucets
  • Drains
  • Water pressure
  • Showers and all fixtures
  • Washer and dryer connections
  • Other equipment

Exterior Home InspectionsHOME EXTERIOR

  • Trim
  • Siding/wall coverings
  • Paint
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Storm windows and doors
  • Screens
  • Porches
  • Alterations

AtticATTIC

  • Access
  • Whole house fan
  • Ventilator fan
  • Leaks
  • Framing
  • Decks, patios and balconies (attached to dwelling)
  • Insulation type and approximate depth

BasementBASEMENT, CRAW SPACE, SLAB

  • Basement
  • Crawl space
  • Slab
  • Visible framing
  • Visible foundation walls
  • Floors
  • Drainage

GENERAL INTERIOR

  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Floors and floor coverings
  • Stairs
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Fireplaces

ELECTRICAL/ HVAC

  • Over current protection
  • Incoming service
  • Type of conductors, main and branch circuits
  • Grounding cable
  • Fixtures and outlets
  • Smoke detectors
  • Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Condensing Coil
  • Evaporator Coil
  • Furnace

KITCHENS AND APPLIANCES

  • Identify fuel source.
  • Cabinets
  • Stove or range
  • Oven
  • Trash disposal
  • Fan/vent hood
  • Dishwasher

GARAGE/CARPORT

  • Type (If attached to main home)
  • Doors and openers

This company, PPR Home Inspections Inc., fully complies to the ASHI Code Of Ethics and Standards Of Practice, and we are Licensed by The SC LLR and the Residential Builders Commission. South Carolina Lic#: RBI2747