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The Inspection Process

A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of all the major components of your home.

All standard home inspections thoroughly inspect and report on the following:


  • Driveway / Patios / Walks

  • Decks / Porches / Balconies

  • Windows / Doors

  • Roof Framing / Covering

  • Roof Ventilation

  • Skylights

  • Valleys / Flashings

  • Chimneys

  • Siding / Trim & Caulking

  • Gutters / Downspouts / Extensions

  • Exterior Electrical Components

  • Electrical Service / Components

  • Gas Service / Components

  • Landscaping / Grading

  • Garage Structures


  • Attic Structure, Insulation / Ventilation

  • Water Heaters

  • Plumbing Pipes & Fixtures

  • Basement / Crawlspace

  • Foundations

  • Heating & Cooling

  • Water Service & Controls

  • Windows / Doors / Safety Glass

  • Electrical Panels / Components

  • Wall / Ceiling / Floor Coverings

  • Kitchen Cabinets / Appliances

  • Safety Items

  • Fireplaces

  • Stairs

  • Doorways

Most single story homes with up to a 6/12 roof will be inspected on foot/walking the roof. Roofs with a greater pitch and/or anything higher than a single story house will be inspected via binoculars and/or an inspection camera on a pole.
The InterNACHI SOP states walking a roof is not a requirement for an inspection.

How Long Does A Home Inspection Take?

A typical inspection for most homes takes approximately 2-4 hours. Client is welcome to be present for the entire process, but the inspector will not be available for questions until the complete walk through is finished. Our commitment to providing the highest quality inspection for you demands that we remain focused during the actual inspection time. Our suggestion is that you be present for the last hour of the inspection at which time the report will be covered in detail and the inspector will be available for all questions.


In accordance to the InterNACHI COVID-19 Safety Guidelines it is preferable to not having clients show up for the inspection. I can go over the results with you over the phone or a web video conference. If you have a strong preference to be at the inspection please do not show up until the end of the inspection to discuss findings. And all safety protocols will need to be followed such as social distancing and all parties wearing masks.

For more information on COVID-19 protocols during the inspection please CLICK HERE

What Is NOT Included / Inspected?

Mold Testing, Playscapes, Pools, Saunas, Hot Tubs, Water Softening Equipment, Septic Systems, Ejector Pumps, Elevators, Refrigerators , Automatic Sprinkler Systems and Home Security Systems

How Do I Prepare For My Inspection?

Payment and Agreement:

Shortly after you schedule your inspection, you’ll receive an e-mail with instructions for reviewing and signing the inspection agreement online. A price quote will be provided and you can pay for your inspection online or if you choose I will accept cash or check at the time of service.



All parties concerned must be notified at least 24 hours in advance before the inspection begins. This includes sellers, buyers, agents, and any tenants.



You are not required to be present during the inspection. We suggest that you arrive for the final hour of the inspection so that we can cover all of our findings and go over the report with you in person. We allow plenty of time for your questions and our recommendations.



Please make sure that all utilities are on and any pilot lights are lit and functional.

Whether you are purchasing or selling a home a professional home inspection can tell you its current condition. A professional home inspection gives you an independent, unbiased view of any problems and possible solutions, so that you have all the facts you need to make an informed decision.

You can rely on Arbor Home Inspections for an accurate and honest property inspection in accordance to the InterNACHI Standards of Practice. A home inspection completed in accordance with these standards will provide you with an overall view of the condition of the house and its primary structural and mechanical systems. 

What Are The InterNACHI Standards of Practice?

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