Buyer’s Home Inspection
Waypoint inspectors basically inspect all accessible areas of the home, from the roof and attic to the crawlspace if the home has one. Here is a list of items we cover; however, it is not exhaustive. We literally look at hundreds, if not thousands, of items with each home inspection.
- Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
- Skylights, chimneys and other roof features
- Gutters and downspouts
- Decks, stoops, porches and walkways
- Eaves, soffits, fascia and trim
- Grading and drainage areas
- Basement, foundation and crawlspace
- Water penetration and foundation
- Heating systems
- Cooling systems
- Main water line and visible on/off valves
- Water heater and piping
- Interior plumbing faucets, drains, and fixtures
- Drainage systems
- Electrical service meter and conductors
- Main service amperage and disconnect
- Electrical panels, breakers, and wiring
- Electrical bonding and grounding
- AFCIs and GFCIs - special outlets to protect the home owner
- Fireplace damper door, hearth and visible flue
- Insulation and ventilation
- Garage doors and safety sensors
- And much more...
In the inspection report you will see maintenance information, minor (cosmetic) imperfections, and major issues. These issues may fall into four categories:
1. Major defects: An example would be a structural failure or an active roof leak.
2. Things that lead to major defects: A small roof-flashing leak, for example. This small item can lead to a major leak and significant moisture damage, affecting the condition of the home and the health of its occupants.
3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home: Outdated electrical fuses for example, or the presence of single strand aluminum wiring.
4. Safety hazards: Such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel, or unsecured wiring.
Anything in these categories will be specifically addressed and discussed with you during your home inspection. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property.