Per InterNACHI's Standards of Practice:

     A general home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions.

     A general home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.

A home inspection will consist of the following observations:



Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace, Structure

Heating and Cooling




Attic, Insulation, Ventilation

Doors, Windows, Interior

A General Home Inspection

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  1. Confirm that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights).
  2. Make sure your pets won't hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside.
  3. Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a "light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  5. Clean or replace dirty Heating and A/C air filters. They should fit securely.
  6. Removed stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as "conducive conditions" for termites.
  7. Remove items blocking access to Heating and A/C equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic and crawlspace.
  8. Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical service panel, the door to the basement, and any exterior gates.
  9. Trim tree limbs so that they're at least 10 feet away from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.
  10. Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches, windowpanes or screens, gutters or downspouts, or chimney caps.

A General commercial Inspection

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Ask us about getting your home Move-In Certified™ prior to listing your home for sale.

Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

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