Upon your arrival at the site, I will present you with a CONTRACT and request your endorsement.  Once the paperwork is out of the way, the inspection process begins with an examination of the exterior of the home including the roof, and then progresses into the basement / structure and mechanical systems, and then upwards to the living spaces and finishing in the attic.
During the home inspection, I will disclose the condition of each component, educate you regarding the operation & maintenance of the home and offer free advice for improving it. I will inspect your prospective new home in an objective and unbiased manner, in order to disclose the telltale "red flags" that represent significant expense repairs or problems of concern.
A typical home inspection consist of an investigative and educational tour of the property that typically takes 3 - 4 hours. You are most welcome and indeed encouraged to participate, to ask questions and to gain knowledge regarding the true condition of the property.  You do not need to take notes, I will document everything for you.  Just sit back and listen as I explain each system, each component and your future homeowner maintenance responsibilities.
Outside, I will observe such things as the drainage grade on the property, vegetation, driveways & walks, entrances, porches, decks, foundation above grade, siding, doors & windows, soffits, garage, roof, gutters and chimneys.  When climbing on the roof is not possible, the roof is examined by binoculars, or from a sub-roof or by a ladder at the eaves.
In the basement, I will observe the condition and function of each of the mechanical systems including: heating system, electrical system, plumbing system, hot water heater and central air conditioning system. Also while in the basement, I will observe the condition of the structure including: foundation, columns and floor frame. While a pest inspection is EXCLUDED from the home inspection, all readily accessible areas of decay will be documented. Many home inspection companies charge extra for separate pest inspections. I don't believe in this because if they find something, they are not going to be the ones to treat the problem. You will then have to call a pest company and set up an appointment. The pest company will be the ones who give you a cost estimate on any discovered problems. Meanwhile you have lost time and money for no reason. I am a Certified WDI (Wood Destroying Insect) Registry Inspector #90113 through NEPMA ( New England Pest Management Association), and will document any conditions related to pest damage that I see. But it is still important for a pest company to inspect the property as well.  Finally, I do look for signs of wet basement problems.
Progressing upwards, I examine the kitchen. I check the function of the sink and all plumbing connections and briefly operate the appliances. Each bathroom fixture is examined for condition, functional flow and drainage. Within the living spaces, walls, floors, ceilings, staircases are all inspected, along with a representative sample of windows, outlets, switches & lights. I will even stick my head inside the fireplace.
If there is safe access to the attic, I will examine the readily accessible parts of the roof structure. I  will also alert you regarding signs of previous roof covering or flashing leaks and potential leakage points. The attic insulation, vapor barrier and means of ventilation are also inspected.  Inspection for MOLD is EXCLUDED from the inspection and report.Suspected "Mold" will be documented as such in the report. Only a lab analysis can determine if a sample is in fact mold.
At the conclusion of the home inspection, I will conduct a summary consultation to review all of the findings, and  will answer any remaining questions that you may have.  When the home inspection is completed, you will know the facts regarding the true condition of the property so that you can make informed decisions.  Home inspectors are prohibited from advising you to purchase or not to purchase the home - that decision is yours alone.
The final narrative report will document all of the observations made at the time of inspection, and will advise you to contact other qualified experts for reappraisal and repair cost estimation when significant expenses are anticipated. (Note : MA law prohibits me from  giving cost estimates for repairs)


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