What’s Inspected

I include a visual inspection of all these items as part of a home buyers or pre-sale inspection at St Louis Home Inspections LLC.  The condition at the time of the inspection is noted, per the NACHI Standard of Practice. 

ROOF AND EXTERIOR

  • Roof-covering materials;
  • Gutters;
  • Downspouts;
  • Vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations;
  • General structure of roof via accessible panels, doors or stairs;
  • Exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim;
  • Exterior doors;
  • Adjacent walkways and driveways;
  • Stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps;
  • Porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports;
  • Railings, guards and handrails;
  • Eaves, soffits and fascia;
  • A representative number of windows;
  • Vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and property grading, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion.

BASEMENT, FOUNDATION, CRAWLSPACE & STRUCTURE

  • Foundation;
  • Basement;
  • Crawlspace;
  • Structural components.

HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM

  • System inspected using normal operating controls.

PLUMBING

  • Main water supply shut-off valve;
  • Main fuel supply shut-off valve;
  • Water heating equipment, including energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and bracing;
  • Interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water;
  • Toilets for proper operation by flushing;
  • Sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage;
  • Drain, waste and vent system;
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.

ELECTRICAL

  • Service drop;
  • Overhead service conductors and attachment point;
  • Service head, gooseneck and drip loops;
  • Service mast, service conduit and raceway;
  • Electric meter and base;
  • Service-entrance conductors;
  • 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 using circuit tester where possible;
  • All ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester where possible;
  • Smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.

FIREPLACE

  • 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.

ATTIC, INSULATION AND VENTILATION                        

  • Insulation in unfinished spaces, including attic, crawlspace and foundation areas;
  • Ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attic, crawlspace and foundation areas;
  • Mechanical exhaust systems in kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area.

DOORS, WINDOWS AND EXTERIOR

  • 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;
  • Garage doors and the operation of garage door openers, using normal operating controls.