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Home Inspection Tour

It is recommended that the prospective buyer be at the home inspection. Even though the written report is very comprehensive, it is a good idea to attend your home inspection and hear the information first hand. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and “pick” the inspectors brain.

6.01: Access: The Client shall provide Safe Access and Sufficient Lighting to ensure that all systems and areas to be inspected under this standard are Readily Accessible and Observable.

6.02: Purpose

1)The purpose of a Home Inspection for Residential Buildings, including their attached garages, is to provide the Client with an inspection Report that forthrightly discloses the physical conditions of the systems and components listed in 266 CMR 6.04 which are Readily Accessible and Observable, including those systems and components, which are Safety Hazards as Observed at the time of the inspection.

2)An inspection carried out under the standards of 266 CMR 6.04 is not and shall not be construed to be a comprehensive Architectural and/or an Engineering study of the dwelling in question.
We start with the exterior

Upon arrival we will walk around the home a few times to get better acquainted with the property. We are initially looking for the obvious things: Rotted wood, missing railings, hanging gutters, roofing and chimney condition, deck condition, foundation cracks, overgrown shrubs (if impacting the structure) etc. The inspector is also looking at the electrical service, (including drip loop and meter attachment) yard grading and runoff, downspout attachment and extensions, siding and trim, garage doors, driveway and walkways.

6.04-1(A): System: Roofing :

The Home Inspector shall not be required to:

1)Walk on the roofing unless the Client provides Safe Access and the Seller and or the Seller's Representative provide authorization that relives the Home Inspector of all  liability for possible damage to the roof.

2)Observe, Describe or Report on attached accessories including but not limited to solar systems, antennae, and lightning arrestors.

3)Observe, Describe or Report on the interior of chimney flues.

The Home Inspector is not required to Observe, Describe or Report on:

1)Storm windows, storm doors, screening, shutters, awnings and similar seasonal accessories.

2)Fences, landscaping, trees, swimming pools, patios, sprinkler systems.

3)Safety glazing.

4)Garage door operator remote control transmitters.

5)Geological conditions (Engineering services).

6)Soil conditions (Engineering services).

7)Recreational facilities.

8)Outbuildings and detached garages. However, should the Home Inspector inspect these structures by agreement or as a courtesy, the inspection of said structures must comply with the standards of 266 CMR 6.01 through 6.12.

9)Underground utilities, pipes, buried wires, or conduits. (Dig Safe)

Interior/Kitchen

We inspect the kitchen next. Here we check pipes for corrosion and leakage, the counter top, cabinets and kitchen floor. The inspector will also check the outlets for ground fault protection.

Bathrooms
Next are the bathrooms. We check the operation of sinks, showers, hydro massage tubs, and toilets. We are looking at the seal around the tub, mold issues, caulking and grout issues, loose or leaking toilet, missing or non-working sink stoppers, condition of vanity, water leaks, “S” traps (improper plumbing vent) and condition of flooring. We look for an exhaust fan to be installed and properly vented outside. The inspector will also check the outlets for ground fault protection. We check the drainage to make sure it is not slow. A slow drain could mean improper plumbing vents, or an obstruction.
Interior/Bedrooms, Living and Dining Rooms
Here, we are looking at the general condition of the walls, ceilings, and floors, door fit, plaster cracks, fit and finish of trim work and window condition and operation. We also check for water stains, proper operation of the fireplace damper, firebox and clearances. We check the stairs for tread width and even riser heights, and safety of the railings and stair lighting.  The windows, skylights, and doors are checked for operation, failed seals, and locking mechanisms. The inspector will check a representative number of outlets and switches to be sure there are no wiring defects.  A representative number of outlets are checked for polarity and grounding.
Attic space
We check the attic pull down staircase (if any), attic staircase cover, insulation, insulation vent chutes, ridge vent, and mold or water intrusion issues. We will check the bathroom fan vent for proper connection and exhausting as well as any plumbing, electrical, heating or air-conditioning problems. The inspector will check the condition of the roof rafters (or trusses) and ceiling joists, the installation of collar ties, and condition and type of roof sheathing.
Structure
If the structure has problems, the house will have problems. This is where the inspector will determine the condition and type of the foundation walls, cracks, if any, the main beam, sills, sill seal, floor joist type, improper alterations, type of column support. The inspector will also check for wood boring insect infestation such as termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, deathwatch beetles etc., and mold, and water intrusion. The inspector will check the basement entry, door and seal, and entry staircase.
Plumbing
After running all the plumbing upstairs, we check for plumbing leaks in the basement. The inspector will check for dissimilar plastic pipe connections, drain slope, supply and waste piping condition and type, and water service.
Electrical System
The inspector will remove the electrical panel cover and sub-panel covers and check for proper wiring, over-currents, AFCI and GFCI breakers, presence of aluminum wiring and grounding, moisture and corrosion, missing knockouts or grommets and the plumbing bond. We will check the water service for a grounding jumper, and the panel for main ground connection. The inspector will check the wire routing, junction boxes, missing covers, wire types, fuses and size and location of the main breaker. The inspector will note the type of electrical service.
Heating and Air-Conditioning
The inspector will determine the type of heating system, and will determine if heat is being distributed to all habitable areas of the home. The inspector will recommend servicing of the unit if necessary. If the unit is shut down we will recommend seller demonstrate. The air conditioning compressor, coil or fans, ducts, and refrigerant lines will be checked.
Hot water heater
The inspector will note the size of the water heater and note any missing safety devices.
Garage
The inspector will check the stop force resistance of the garage door opener and any infrared devices. The inspector will check for safety cables in the garage door springs. The inspector will note the condition of the door. We will note the presence or absence of a fire door between the garage and living space. We will note the presence or absence of a safety berm and if there is a floor drain. We will note the slope of the floor, and if there are any floor cracks.
Optional inspections
The inspector can also check for radon. The inspector can Provide Optional Fee Based Services, as long as they are contracted for in writing and/or included in the report and are not prohibited under 266 CMR 6.06.

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