RESIDENTIAL HOME INSPECTION

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INSPECTED COMPONENTS OF A RESIDENTIAL HOME


  • Report on condition of driveway, sidewalks, retaining walls adjacent to home
  • Evaluate grading immediate to house for proper drainage
  • Report on signs of soil erosion
  • Report on areas where siding or fascia is improperly in contact with grade
  • Report on visible damage caused by trees and shrubs
  • Inspect the basement visible structural components and foundation walls
  • Report on any improper cutting, notching, and boring of frame members
  • Inspect piers, posts, bearing beams, and other support members
  • Inspect crawl space if available
  • Report on the location of under-floor access openings
  • Report on any visible additions made to the home
  • Visually inspect condition of fascia, decks, stoops, stairs, patios, porches, and car ports
  • Report on any improper steps or railings
  • Visually inspect windows and doors, soffits, and eaves
  • Inspect condition of trim, caulking, exterior paints, and sealant
  • Evaluate the trees, vegetation, surface drainage,and how they affect the home
  • Inspect the property retaining walls, fences, and gates
  • Report on the condition and slope of the driveway and sidewalks
  • Report on condition of garage, access doors, fireproofing, and ventilation
  • Report on electric garage door electronic sensors for proper function
  • Report on the roof structure (beams, joists, rafters, sheathing)
  • Report on the condition of the roof covering, missing shingles and signs of wear
  • Evaluate the flashings, valleys, skylights, vents and penetrations
  • Report on the condition and pitch of the gutters, downspouts and overhangs
  • Report on any observed structural issues
  • Observe main shutoff valve and supply line, visible drains, waste, and vents
  • Report on visible leaks in piping, traps and valves
  • Evaluate function, flow, and drainage of fixtures, faucets, and drain stops
  • Inspect water heater and presence of temperature relief valve and venting
  • Inspect outdoor hose bibs and faucets and locate visible inside shut off valves
  • Report on visible presence of Polybutylene piping
  • Inspect toilets/sinks/tubs/showers for water flow, drainage, and condition
  • Inspect the sump pump, float, drain and automatic shut off function
  • Inspect the drip loop, separation of conductors, and clearance from rooftop
  • Inspect the service entry cables, main disconnect, and amperage rating
  • Inspect the meter box enclosures
  • Inspect service for proper grounding and bonding
  • Report on panel and service size and condition including breakers and fuses
  • Inspect condition of visible wiring and connectors
  • Inspect accessible receptacles, ground circuit interrupters and report on function, polarity and condition or excessive heat
  • Inspect representative number of visible active switches and light fixtures
  • Report on visible presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring
  • Test AFCI and GFCI receptacles during inspection using a tester
  • Report on type of fuel supply, location of fuel tanks, and main shut off valves
  • Report on overall visible condition of Heat Pumps & Air Conditioners
  • Observe overflow pan and condition of condensation drain
  • Observe visible condition of duct work
  • Observe visible condition and type of heating system
  • Observe condition of boiler and combustion chamber
  • Inspect burner
  • Inspect thermostat operation
  • Inspect furnace filter
  • Observe condition of venting
  • Report on overall function of furnace, heat pumps and air conditioners
  • Report on condition and operation of doors, windows, screens, sliding doors
  • Inspect walls, ceilings, floors, shelving in closets, stairs, and railings
  • Report on any improper steps or railings
  • Report on any signs of moisture intrusion, visible mold or mildew
  • Inspect working condition of appliances, kitchen cabinets
  • Inspect condition of bathrooms for moisture problems, caulking, and cabinets
  • Report on condition of visible flooring, tile, and carpets
  • Report on condition and functionality of vents
  • Report on any visible structural problems
  • Inspect for the presence, location, and condition of the vapor barrier
  • Inspect all penetrations for leaks
  • Inspect ventilation supply and returns for air flow and temperature
  • Inspect operation of damper in fireplace, if accessible and operable
  • Inspect Hearth extension and other permanently installed components
  • Inspect the firebox
  • Check clearances from combustible materials
  • Report condition of chimney, flue cap, crown, lintel, and flashings
  • Report visible cracking in chimney bricks
  • Check for signs of deteriorating mortar
  • Report on any visible creosote buildup
  • Report on overall structural condition
  • Evaluate for ventilation and insulation
  • Report on presence and condition of fire resistant plywood (RFT)
  • Check for any visible roof leaks or stains caused from leakage
  • Check for visible signs of mold or mildew
  • Report on absence of smoke detectors
  • Report on absence of alarm systems
  • Report on any visible locks and latches in need of repair

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A house is a building that functions as a home, ranging from simple dwellings such as rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes and the improvised shacks in shantytowns to complex, fixed structures of wood, brick, concrete or other materials containing plumbing, ventilation and electrical systems.[1][2] Houses use a range of different roofing systems to keep precipitation such as rain from getting into the dwelling space. Houses may have doors or locks to secure the dwelling space and protect its inhabitants and contents from burglars or other trespassers. Most conventional modern houses in Western cultures will contain one or more bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen or cooking area, and a living room. A house may have a separate dining room, or the eating area may be integrated into another room. Some large houses in North America have a recreation room. In traditional agriculture-oriented societies, domestic animals such as chickens or larger livestock (like cattle) may share part of the house with humans. The social unit that lives in a house is known as a household.

Most commonly, a household is a family unit of some kind, although households may also be other social groups, such as roommates or, in a rooming house, unconnected individuals. Some houses only have a dwelling space for one family or similar-sized group; larger houses called townhouses or row houses may contain numerous family dwellings in the same structure. A house may be accompanied by outbuildings, such as a garage for vehicles or a shed for gardening equipment and tools. A house may have a backyard or frontyard, which serve as additional areas where inhabitants can relax or eat.

Types of Homes:

  • Mudhif: a traditional reed house made by the Madan people of Iraq.
  • Octagon house: a house of symmetrical octagonal floor plan, popularized briefly during the 19th century by Orson Squire Fowler.
  • Patio house
  • Pit-house: a prehistoric house type used on many continents and of many styles, partially sunken into the ground.
  • Plank house: a general term for houses built using planks in a variety of ways, this article as of 2012 only discusses Native American plank houses.
  • Pole house: a timber house in which a set of vertical poles carry the load of all of its suspended floors and roof, allowing all of its walls to be non-load-bearing.
  • Prefabricated house: a house whose main structural sections were manufactured in a factory, and then transported to their final building site to be assembled upon a concrete foundation, which had to be poured locally.
  • Queenslander: a house most commonly built in the tropical areas of Australia, especially in the State of Queensland and in the Northern Territory. These are constructed on top of high concrete piers or else upon the stumps of felled trees in order to allow cooling breezes to flow beneath them, and often they have a wide veranda, or porch, that runs partially or completely the way around the house. See the Cracker House, above, which was quite similar to this one.
  • Ranch: a rambling single-storey house, often containing a garage and sometimes constructed over a basement.
  • Roundhouse: a house built with a circular plan. This kind was constructed in Western Europe before the Conquest by the Roman legions. After this conquest, houses were usually built in the Roman style that came from Italy.
  • Saltbox: a wooden house that was widespread during Colonial Times in New England.
  • Split-level house: a design of house that was commonly built during the 1950s and 1960s. It has two nearly equal sections that are located on two different levels, with a short stairway in the corridor connecting them. This kind of house is quite suitable for building on slanted or hilly land.
  • Sears Catalog Home: an owner-built “kit” houses that were sold by the Sears, Roebuck and Co. corporation via catalog orders from 1906 to 1940.
  • Shack: a small, usually rundown, wooden building.
  • Shotgun house: a style of house that was initially popular in New Orleans starting around 1830, and spread from there to other urban areas throughout the Southern U.S. Its peak period of popularity ran from the Civil War to the Great Depression. This house typically follows the structure of living room, bedrooms, then the bathroom, and kitchen as the last room of the house. The reason for the name is because it all sits in one straight line from front to back.[5]
  • Single-family detached home: any free-standing house that is structurally separated from its neighboring houses, usually separated by open land, making it distinctive from such dwellings as duplexes, townhouses, and condominiums.
  • Souterrain: an earthen dwelling typically deriving from Neolithic Age or Bronze Age times.
  • Spanish Colonial Revival architecture: Based on the Spanish Colonial architecture from the Spanish colonization of the Americas, the Spanish Colonial Revival style updated these forms and detailing for a new century and culture.
  • Stilt houses or Pile dwellings: houses raised on stilts over the surface of the soil or a body of water.
  • Snout house: a house with the garage door being the closest part of the dwelling to the street.
  • Splits
    • Backsplit: multi-level house that appears as a bungalow from the front elevation.
    • Frontsplit: multi-level house that appears as a two-storey house in front and a bungalow in the back. It is the opposite of a backsplit and is a rare configuration.
    • Sidesplit: multi-level house where the different levels are visible from the front elevation view.
  • Storeybook houses: 1920s houses inspired by Hollywood set design.
  • Tipi
  • Tree house: a house built among the branches or around the trunk of one or more mature trees and does not rest on the ground.
  • Trullo: a traditional Apulian stone dwelling with conical roof.
  • Tudor Revival architecture: modern variants of Tudor architecture.
  • Tuscan
  • Umgebinde also known as Upper Lusatian housea unique type of combined log and timber frame construction in Germany-Czech Republic-Poland region.
  • Underground home: a dwelling dug and constructed underground.
  • Unit: a type of medium-density housing that is usually found in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Unity house: a type of low-cost dwelling built in the United Kingdom during the 1940s and 1950s. These contain walls made of stacked concrete panels between concrete pillars. About 19,000 of these houses were constructed in the UK.[1]
  • Uthland-Frisian house: a sub type of Geestharden house of northwest Germany and Denmark
  • Vernacular house: house constructed in the manner of the aboriginal population, designed close to nature, using locally available materials.

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