The Home Inspection Process

About Home Inspections

A home inspection is a thorough, non-invasive, visual inspection of the structure and its operating components that complies with the guidelines set forth by of the State of Wisconsin for Home Inspectors. The typical inspection lasts 2-4 hours, depending on many variables: the condition and age of the property, and the amount of time it takes to explain issues found to the client and answer questions.

The object of a home inspection is to provide a good faith, professional opinion of the apparent conditions of the home and its systems. Discovered during a home inspection may be: safety issues, conditions in a home that require immediate attention and those that may require maintenance. The information provided during a home inspection will enable you to make an informed decision regarding your home purchase, as well as, plan for future maintenance needs.

Our clients are encouraged to attend the inspection so they have a better understanding of what issues may have been found. During the inspection Dave will also take the time to answer questions and provide education on the home and its components. Some clients prefer to attend towards the end of the inspection and Dave will be happy to inform you of his findings once you arrive. If you are not able to attend the inspection then we are here afterwards to answer your questions, once you have received and read the inspection report.

What Does the Inspection Cover?

Exterior components:

  • Landscaping/grading/drainage: Its effect on the foundation
  • Roof, chimney, flashing, vents, skylights: Materials, condition, evidence of water penetration
  • Gutters and downspouts: General condition, ability to carry water away from foundation effects of dampness in the basement
  • Siding, trim, exterior windows, storms, doors: General condition and function
  • Decks, porches, patios, driveways, walkways: General condition
  • Garage doors, safety sensors and openers: General condition, operation
  • Air conditioner compressor unit: Weather permitting

Interior Components:

  • Attic: Visible roof sheathing, ventilation, insulation, framing
  • Walls, floors, ceilings, windows, handrails, stairways, cabinets: General condition
  • Plumbing Systems: All visible fixtures, pipes and drains tested for operation (Drain, waste and vent systems, water heaters, gas lines, sump pumps)
  • Heating Systems: visible portion of heating unit and components, fireplaces and components
  • Electrical Systems: electrical service line, meter box, main disconnect, service amperage, electric panels, breakers, fuses, grounding, lights, GFCI outlets and circuits, switches
  • Basement / crawlspace: Visible foundation, floor and walls, soundness and evidence of moisture penetration

After the Inspection

A comprehensive electronic inspection report will be written, including digital photos of issues. Contained in the report might be maintenance recommendations, defects and safety issues which will then be sent to your email address the evening of the inspection.