What is a home inspection? The professional inspection by Sherlock Home Inspectors, Inc. is a competent, objective, thorough visual examination of the structure, systems, and components, from the roof to the basement by a trained inspector, working for you. You will receive a multi-page report after the inspection detailing our findings. The inspector will give a verbal summary of the report on site. Sherlock Home Inspectors, Inc.’s goal is to assist buyers and sellers in obtaining information essential for evaluating the condition of properties. This is our ONLY business. Sherlock Home Inspectors, Inc. will report to you the facts concerning the physical condition of the property you are buying or selling. Information about the materials used and building techniques along with helpful maintenance tips are all part of our service to you.
Do I need a home inspection? Once you decide on a house you like, evaluate it carefully. Homes and commercial buildings may stand for several generations, however, many of their components have predictable life spans and eventually they will wear out and/or need to be updated or replaced. Before you purchase a home you should know the true condition of the physical structure and various mechanical systems in this home.
What qualifications are required for a professional home inspector? Construction is both complicated and ever changing. Each year, new techniques are developed, new safety standards applied, new materials included. The person in whom you have placed your trust and confidence should be versed in all of these items. He must maintain a high standard of knowledge and education, and be constantly increasing his knowledge at every opportunity. The ability to communicate all of this information to you, the homebuyer, in understandable terms is essential. Sherlock Home Inspectors, Inc.’s inspectors are highly qualified and trained, with experience in all phases of construction. Our inspections meet or exceed ALL of the inspection association’s stringent standards of practice and code of ethics.
What will be inspected? Your professional from Sherlock Home Inspectors, Inc. will conduct a complete visual examination of the structure and various systems of your home, condominium, apartment, or light commercial building.
OUR INSPECTION TYPICALLY INCLUDES: EXTERIOR WALL CLADDING FLASHING AND TRIM, DOORS, WINDOWS, GARAGE DOOR OPERATORS, DECKS, BALCONIES, STOOPS, STEPS, AREAWAYS, PORCHES AND APPLICABLE RAILINGS, VEGETATION, GRADING, DRAINAGE, DRIVEWAYS, PATIOS, WALKWAYS AND RETAINING WALLS, EAVES, SOFFITS AND FASCIAS
ROOFING ROOF COVERINGS, FLASHINGS, SKYLIGHTS, CHIMNEYS AND ROOF PENETRATIONS, ROOFING DRAINAGE SYSTEMS
INSULATION AND VENTILATION INSULATION AND VAPOR RETARDERS, VENTILATION OF ATTIC AND FOUNDATION AREAS, VENTING SYSTEMS (Kitchens, baths and laundry)
INTERIORS CEILINGS, WALLS, FLOORS, STEPS, STAIRWAYS, BALCONIES AND RAILINGS, COUNTERS AND A REPRESENTATIVE NUMBER OF CABINETS, DOORS, WINDOWS
STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS WALLS (Structural), COLUMNS OR PIERS, FLOORS (Structural), CEILINGS (structural), ROOF STRUCTURE AND ATTIC
PLUMBING SYSTEM INTERIOR DRAIN, WASTE AND VENT SYSTEMS, INTERIOR WATER SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS AND FIXTURES, HOT WATER SYSTEMS, CONTROLS, CHIMNEYS, FLUES AND VENTS, MAIN WATER SHUT-OFF DEVICE, FUEL STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (Interior fuel storage, piping, venting, supports, leaks), SUMP PUMP
ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS SERVICE ENTRANCE CONDUCTORS, SERVICE AND GROUNDING EQUIPMENT, MAIN OVERCURRENT DEVICE, MAIN AND DISTRIBUTION PANELS, BRANCH CIRCUIT CONDUCTORS, OVERCURRENT DEVICES AND COMPATIBILITY OF THEIR AMPERAGE AND VOLTAGE, CONNECTED DEVICES AND FIXTURES (Observed from a representative number operation of ceiling fans,lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on the dwelling's exterior walls), POLARITY AND GROUNDING OF RECEPTACLES WITHIN 6 FEET OF INTERIOR PLUMBING, FIXTURES, AND ALL RECEPTACLES IN GARAGE, CARPORT, EXTERIOR WALLS OF INSPECTED STRUCTURE, OPERATION OF GFCI (GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS), LOCATION OF MAIN AND DISTRIBUTION PANELS, SMOKE DETECTORS
HEATING HEATING EQUIPMENT, NORMAL OPERATING CONTROLS, AUTOMATIC SAFETY CONTROLS, CHIMNEYS, FLUES AND VENTS, SOLID FUEL HEATING DEVICES, HEAT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (including fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units and convectors), PRESENCE OF INSTALLED HEAT SOURCE IN EACH ROOM, SOLID AND GAS FIREPLACES
CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING COOLING AND AIR HANDLER EQUIPMENT, NORMAL OPERATING CONTROLS, DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (including fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units and convectors), PRESENCE OF INSTALLED COOLING SOURCE IN EACH ROOM
Do I have to attend the inspection? Although it is not necessary for you to be there, it is always recommended that you attend the inspection. By accompanying the inspector during the inspection, he can begin to help you understand your home. The inspection is designed to be an educational experience.
Can a house fail a home inspection? Homes cannot fail an inspection. Our inspection is an examination of the current condition of the home. No home is perfect, and while the information you receive will focus on the significant concerns, it will also include even minor deficiencies and needs. This information can then be used for your decision making process on the purchase of the home.
How do you report the information on the house? You will receive a detailed report. The report will include an explanation of major concerns, maintenance information, digital photographs, and a General Summary listing the significant issues. The report is usually completed within 24 hours and can be delivered by e-mail or mail. The report can also be made available to your Real Estate agent.
How long will the Inspection take? The time needed to complete an inspection will vary depending on the size and condition of the home. A typical inspection takes 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Inspecting the septic system usually involves an additional 30-45 minutes. The inspection may take longer for larger homes or if the home is in poor condition.
Can I do the inspection myself? Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional home inspector will provide an unbiased perspective of the property combined with the knowledge of many elements of home construction, systems and their proper installation and maintenance.
What if I have a Question? Give us a call at (989) 777-0235. No matter how long you own your home or if you move to a new one, Sherlock Home Inspectors, Inc. hopes to help answer your home ownership questions.