Looking to buy a home?

When buying or selling a home, you want to be sure a professional home inspector is part of the transaction. Once you are ready to purchase the Inspector you choose could be the difference between knowing the condition of the home and receiving costly surprises for years to come.

In choosing to go with Sterling Home Inspections you remove the guess work and can make a more informed decision on your purchase.

A standard home inspection covers:

  • The Structure: A home inspector will check the roof, siding, and porches for sagging or gaps as well as obvious signs of rot or insect damage.

  • The Exterior:  The Inspector will check decks, balconies, eaves, soffits and fascias. The inspection checklist will consist of grading the land around the house for obvious drainage problems, as well as walkway and driveway checks for apparent deterioration or safety concerns.

  • The Roof:  Inspector will get up on the roof, look down on lower parts from upper floor windows or visually inspect the roof from the ground with binoculars pending the pitch/material roof is made from. Roof drainage systems, flashings, skylights and chimneys will also be checked.

  • Plumbing:  Interior water supply and distribution system including water pressure and water heating equipment will be checked by a home inspector.

  • Electrical System:  The inspector should inspect the current protections, grounding, and the presence of any aluminum wiring, which is a serious fire hazard and is now banned. The inspection should also consist of an examination of the switches and outlets in the house and note smoke detectors.

  • Hvac Systems:  Even in warm weather, the furnace should be tested by turning up the thermostat and checking the response. However, air conditioning cannot be checked if the ambient outdoor temperature is below a certain point. In addition, most home inspectors will also have an inspection checklist for appliances, fireplaces, and the interior of the home such as counters, cabinets, windows, basement, floors and ceilings to verify they are undamaged, safe and/or working properly.

  • Attic, Insulation & Ventilation:  Insulation depth checked where possible.  Ventilation type and adequacy noted. 

  • Windows, Doors & Interiors: Check for cracks, defects and proper seal.



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