What to Expect From Your Inspection

The home buying process can be confusing and stressful. Not only do you need to consider things such as the price and location of the home, but you also have to worry about whether the house itself has any problems that could become costly surprises down the road.

An Advantage Inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the visual condition of the house. It provides you an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house. Giving you peace of mind on what is likely the largest purchase you will ever make.

In order to prepare the report, an inspector must conduct a visual inspection of the house. The inspection process typically takes about 3-4 hours to complete. This of course may vary, according to the size and condition of the home. Advantage strongly encourages you to attend a brief Post Inspection Review and Walk Through toward the end of the inspection. Arrangements can be made to conduct the Post Inspection Review by phone if you or a representative are unavailable to attend. This will give you a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the systems of the home.

When the inspection is complete, we will point out any significant defects that were discovered and discuss them with you. We will also point out any potential SAFETY concerns and routine maintenance items, as well as answer any questions you may have. All of this will be detailed in our easy-to-read Spectora report, which will be delivered in HTML and/or PDF format. From that report, you will be able to see the items we’ve discussed plus additional details and possible images for reference.

What's Included in a Home Inspection

We will inspect all the structural elements and systems of the home. Items that will typically be included in an inspection are:

  • Framing (structure) & Walls

    Foundations, grading and drainage, basements, walkways, and floor, wall and ceiling structures.

  • Roof and attic

    Roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings and skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations.

  • Electrical Systems

    Service entrance and panels, branch circuits, connected devices and fixtures, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and making sure certain outlets are GFCI-protected.

  • Plumbing System

    Fixtures and faucets, water supply systems, drain, waste and vent systems, water heater, vents, flues, chimneys, any sump pumps or fuel storage and distribution systems.

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems

    Heating and cooling equipment, ducts, vents and flues.

  • Kitchen Appliances

    Built-in-microwaves, range and/or ovens, cooktops, and dishwashers. Other kitchen items include, but not limited to: range hoods, refrigerators, and garbage disposals.

  • Additional Systems

    Additional items and systems to be inspected, include but not limited to the following: sump pits/pumps, overhead garage door openers, and MORE!

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