What we inspect



  • The exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim
  • All exterior doors
  • Adjacent walkways and driveways
  • Stairs, steps, stoops, stairways, and ramps
  • Porches, patios, decks, balconies, and carports
  • Railings, guards, and handrails
  • The eaves, soffits, and fascia
  • A representative number of windows
  • Vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion


  • The roof-covering materials
  • The gutters
  • The downspouts
  • The vents, flashing, skylights, and other roof penetrations
  • Chimney
  • The general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors, or stairs
  • I’ll walk the roof if allowable

Heating & Cooling

  • The heating system, using normal operating controls
  • The location of the thermostat for the heating system
  • The energy source
  • The heating method
  • The cooling system, using normal operating controls
  • The location of the thermostat for the cooling system
  • The cooling method

Kitchen & Appliances

  • Flooring
  • Cabinets & Countertops
  • Hardware
  • Sinks, faucets
  • Caulking, seals
  • All permanent appliances


  • The main water supply shut-off valve;
  • The main fuel supply shut-off valve;
  • The water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (tpr) valves, watts210 valves, and seismic bracing
  • Interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water
  • All toilets for proper operation by flushing
  • All sinks, tubs, and showers for functional
  • Drainage
  • The drain, waste, and vent system
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.






  • The Service drop
  • The overhead service conductors and attachment point;
  • The service head, gooseneck and drip loops
  • The service mast, service conduit and raceway
  • The electric meter and base
  • Service-entrance conductors
  • The main service disconnect
  • Panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses);
  • Service grounding and bonding
  • A representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible;
  • All ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles
    • And circuit breakers observed and deemed to be
    • GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible; and
  • Smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors

Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

  • Insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas
  • Ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas
  • Mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area




  • Door type & material
  • Door opener testing
  • Side/rear door condition
  • Walls, windows, ceilings
  • Separation wall
  • Moisture, mildew presence
Doors, Windows & Interior

Doors, Windows & Interior

  • A representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them
  • Floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Stairs, steps, landings, stairways, and ramps
  • Railings, guards, and handrails


  • Readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys
  • Lintels above the fireplace openings
  • Damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable
  • Cleanout doors and frames