Grounds & Drainage
We inspect the grounds for proper grading away from the house, soil in contact with anything other than the foundation, vegetation in contact with or close to the structure that could damage it such as vines crawling up the siding or tree branches in contact with the house or roof. We inspect rain gutter downspouts and concrete surfaces to make sure they are sloped away from the house and water is being managed properly.
Foundation & Structure
We inspect the foundation walls, including the view from interior unfinished basements and crawlspaces. We report observed indications of cracking, settling, and active water intrusion. We look for shrinkage cracks, settling cracks, cracks caused by root or back-fill damage, step cracks, and how they affect floor level and interior door and window framing. We inspect structural components such as rafters, trusses, joists, sub-flooring, and framing.
Roofing & Chimney
We walk on all roofs when it is safe and conditions permit. We inspect the condition of the roof coverings, rain gutters, plumbing vents, furnace and water heater exhausts, flashings, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations. We inspect fireplaces and chimney conditions.