Cleveland Home Inspection Services You Can Count On
General Home Inspection will inspect entry ways, foundations, siding and porches looking for such symptoms of trouble as sagging roof lines, gaps in or damage to the siding, porches pulling away from the building, settlement and certain types of cracks in foundations.
An exterior inspection will include a visual assessment of decks, balconies, eaves, soffits and fascias. We will look at the grading of the land around the house for obvious drainage problems, and check walkways and driveways for apparent deterioration or safety concerns. We will also visually inspect vegetation surrounding the house for obvious problems such as the intrusion of roots near the foundation or buried utilities or overgrowth that might promote excess humidity or contribute to security issues. Electric garage door openers should be checked to confirm they are in compliance with current safety standards. The exterior inspection is not expected to include outbuildings or fences, or any evaluation of hydraulic or geologic conditions.
The age of a roof might be as good an indicator of its condition as an actual visual check. We can usually estimate the real life of a 20 or 25 year roof in a given climate or on a particular type of construction. Where safely possible, we will also report on roof drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations (for vents and flues).
We will run the dishwasher and will check stove burners and oven to make sure each is operating properly. If other appliances such as washer, dryer, or microwave are to be included in the purchase these will also be checked to make sure they are at least in operating condition.
An inspection should consist of testing the interior water supply and distribution system including water pressure, water heating equipment (estimating age and approximate time to replacement) and the appropriateness of vents, flues, and chimneys. We will flush toilets to check for leaks and run all faucets to assess water pressure and the immediacy and volume of available hot water.
Electrical System Inspection
We will check for over current protections, grounding, and the presence of any aluminum wiring (a serious fire hazard and banned for many years in most states). We remove the face of the electrical box if it is safe to do so. We also check a representative number of switches and outlets in the house.
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
No matter the time of year the furnace should be tested by turning up the thermostat and checking the response. Air conditioning cannot be checked if the ambient outdoor temperature is below 65 Degrees. If the energy source is oil, we will check the condition of the tank and any visible lines running from the tank to the furnace.
Home Interior Inspection
We will always include a visual scan of floors, walls and ceilings for signs of water intrusion, or sagging. Stairways and railings will be checked for safety and code compliance and a sample of windows and doors inspected for condition and ease of operation. We will look at countertops and a representative number of the kitchen cabinet interiors and drawers for condition and integrity. We will also check the basement for indications of previous water intrusion in addition to signs of structural problems.
Fireplaces, particularly in older homes, are a frequent source of problems. We will check for the integrity of the flue, proper draft, any blockages in the chimney (even a birds nest can be a major problem), and will visually inspect, as much as possible, the exterior of the chimney for damage to bricks, pointing, and flashing.
Poor ventilation can lead to rot, mold, poor air quality or excessive energy consumption. We will check insulation and vapor barriers in unfinished areas of the attic and in the foundation area and look for the presence and operation of any mechanical ventilation systems in the attic and other high humidity areas such as kitchens and bath.
Our Service Areas Include:
Strongsville, North Royalton, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Brook Park, Berea, Cleveland, Brunswick, Medina, Hinckley, Akron, Lakewood, Rocky River, Westlake, Fairview Park, Parma, Independence, Brecksville, Middleburg Heights, and all surrounding Northeast Ohio communities!
Also Serving the Following Counties:
Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Akron and Summit County.