Code 3 Home Inspections

Home Inspections

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What is a comprehensive home inspection?

A residential property inspected by Residential Inspection undergoes a thorough evaluation of its overall condition, benefiting home buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals. This inspection helps all parties involved in a home sale to understand the functionality of various home systems and components, along with maintenance issues related to homeownership.

What does a Comprehensive Home Inspection include?

A comprehensive home inspection is a comprehensive, non-invasive assessment of a home's condition at the time of the inspection. Our inspections adhere to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics as set forth by InterNachi and the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI). The primary aim of a home inspector is to safeguard the buyer's interests by identifying and reporting major deficiencies, safety concerns, or costly problems present in the home. After completing the inspection, the inspector conveys the findings through a written report. It's worth noting that not all home inspectors inspect major appliances and irrigation systems, as this may not be required based on the specific standards of practice they follow.

Our Comprehensive Home Inspection Covers the Following Areas:

  • Foundations
  • Framing
  • Floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Attic and roof structure
  • Wall coverings (siding), flashing, and trim
  • Exterior doors
  • Attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and associated railings
  • Eaves, soffits, and fascia
  • Vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls
  • Walkways, patios, and driveways leading to dwelling entrances
  • Irrigation
  • Interior water supply and distribution systems, fixtures, and faucets
  • Drain, waste, and vent systems
  • Water heating equipment
  • Vent system flues and chimneys
  • Fuel storage and distribution systems
  • Drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping
  • Service entrance and conductors, cables, and raceways
  • Service equipment and main disconnects
  • Service grounding
  • Conductors
  • Breakers and/or fuses
  • A representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and outlets
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI)
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI)
  • AFGFCI- Arc fault / GFI combo circuit interrupters
  • Amperage and voltage
  • The installed heating equipment
  • Vent system, flues, and chimneys
  • Energy source
  • The heating method by its distinguishing characteristics
  • Installed central and through-wall cooling equipment
  • Walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Steps, stairways, and railings
  • Countertops and cabinets
  • All major appliances
  • Doors and windows
  • Garage doors and garage door openers
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  • The insulation and vapor retardants in unfinished spaces
  • The ventilation of attics and foundation areas
  • Mechanical ventilation systems
Home Inspection Glossary

Home Inspection Glossary


the InterNACHI Glossary

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

10 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

Code 3 Home Inspections LLC believes there are ten important questions you should have answered before you select your home inspector. If you have questions in addition to the 10 listed below, please type them in the comments section at the bottom of this page and we will address those as well. Make sure to include a return email address in the comments section in order that we can respond to you.

The inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state if applicable and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. You should be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions you may have. If there are any areas you want to make sure are inspected, be sure to identify them upfront.

The inspector should be able to provide his or her history in the profession and perhaps even a few names as referrals. Newer inspectors can be very qualified, and many work with a partner or have access to more experienced inspectors to assist them in the inspection.

Related experience in construction or engineering is helpful, but is no substitute for training and experience in the unique discipline of home inspection. If the inspection is for a commercial property, then this should be asked about as well.

Some inspector associations and state regulations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in the inspection. Other associations and regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of interest.

The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is 1 ½ to 3 hours depending on the condition and size of the property. Anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors may be brought in for very large properties and buildings.

Costs vary dramatically, depending on the level and type of inspection, the property floor area, property geographical location and the inspector’s qualifications. A typical range might be $225–$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Inspection cost does not necessarily reflect quality. The prices listed do not reflect pricing from Code 3 Home Inspections LLC, but an average. Please contact us for specific pricing for your size of home.

Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector’s reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. Most inspectors provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection.

This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector’s refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.

There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.

One can never know it all, and the inspector’s commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. This is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.

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