What is Inspected

The list below combines standards from the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). This list shows those issues that are guaranteed to be inspected. The resulting inspection report lists all issues that are found to not meet the standards below and they are presented as both a color picture and a caption describing the issue. Those captions are then listed in a table at the top of the report and organized by importance of the issues. Specifically, the issues are categorized as Safety Concerns (listed first), Further Evaluation (meaning a contractor or expert needs to be involved) and Correction Recommended (for issues not critical).

EXTERIOR
__Surface grade
__hardscaping and drainage within six feet of the building or associated primary parking structure.
__Walls, veneers, flashing, trim, eaves, soffits and fascias,
__representative sampling of doors and windows.
__Attached decks, porches, balconies, stairs, columns, walkways, guard-rails and handrails.

ROOF COVERING
__Only one story homes with a composition shingle roof will be walked.
__Interior ceilings will show most leaks and will be reported if stained.
__Flashing, vents, skylights, rain gutters are inspected for evidence of damage or stains.

ATTICS AND ROOF FRAMING
__Framing and sheathing will be examined if visible
__insulation over the ceiling examined and gaps noted.
__ventilation examined – noted if blocked.
__Attic power vents will be noted but not tested unless there is a test power switch.

PLUMBING
__Water pressure is measured but only reported if under 30 or over 70 PSI.
__Water heater earthquake strapping noted if not proper.
__gas piping and connectors examined.
__TPR (Temperature and Pressure Relief) valve pipe installation verified and height from floor 18 inches max.
__Supply, waste, and vent piping examined.
__drain pipes examined.
__Water heating equipment pipes examined for signs of leaks.
__Functional flow of water at fixtures examined and flow noted if not as expected.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
__Smoke detectors are tested unless higher than 8 feet off the floor. Noted if not tested.
__Breaker panel wiring checked for more than one wire connected to each breaker unless the breaker is rated for two.
__GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) AC outlets are all tested.
__Overcurrent protection devices (breakers or fuses)
__service and equipment grounding.
__Representative sampling of operation of switches, AC outlets and light fixtures.

HEATING SYSTEMS
__Heating operation using normal user controls is only done if there is no air conditioning (to prevent stress.)
__Venting, combustion air, electrical connections.
__Distribution system including a sampling of ducting, duct insulation, outlets, radiators, piping systems and valves.

CENTRAL COOLING SYSTEMS
__Cooling equipment and operation using normal user controls.
__Cooling distribution system is tested at every outlet for flow and a temperature drop of 20 degrees minimum.
__Electrical power connections
__condensate drain.

FIREPLACES AND CHIMNEYS
__damper and presence of damper safety clamp. Closed gas fireplaces are not inspected.
__Fireboxes, hearth extensions and permanently installed accessory components.
__Manufactured solid-fuel or gas-burning appliances.

BUILDING INTERIOR
__Kitchen range tilt clamp (if it is a freestanding range)
__Sash windows are all tested. Sliders are not unless they look damaged.
__Security bars, ventilation components, and a representative sampling of doors and windows.
__Stairs, handrails, and guardrails and measure of baluster spacing (4 inches maximum or reported)
__cabinet and countertop surfaces.

OTHER BUILT-IN APPLIANCES AND SYSTEMS
__central vacuum
__cook-tops and exhaust fans
__dishwashers
__food waste disposers
__garage door openers
__hydrotherapy tubs
__ovens
__microwave ovens
__refrigerators
__freezers
__trash compactors
__whole-house fans

POOLS AND SPAS

Location and type of pool or spa examined.
Conditions limiting or otherwise inhibiting inspection.
Enclosure and related gates.
Hardscaping and drainage related to the inspected pool or spa.
Condition of visible portions of systems, structures, or components.
Equipment such as: lights, pumps, heaters, filters, and related mechanical and electrical connections.
Some pool control systems cannot be tested without training so the report will recommend testing by a pool contractor.

FOUNDATION, BASEMENT AND UNDER-FLOOR AREA -Applicable to homes with raised floors.

Foundation walls and other support components.
Under-floor ventilation.
Wood separation from soil.
Drainage systems or sump pumps within foundation footprint.
Seismic anchoring and bracing components.

THERE ARE CERTAIN CONDITIONS COVERING THIS GUARANTEE:

  1. YOU MUST NOTIFY ME OF A DEFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON DISCOVERY BY EMAIL AND GIVE ME A REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY TO RE-INSPECT THE PROPERTY AND REPAIR THE DEFECT. THIS GUARANTEE WILL NOT COVER WORK DONE BY YOU WITHOUT NOTICE TO ME. 
  2. DISAGREEMENTS CONCERNING LIABILITY UNDER THIS GUARANTEE MAY ONLY BE RESOLVED BY A CERTIFIED ARBITRATOR.
  3. YOU MUST PURCHASE AND KEEP IN EFFECT A HOME WARRANTY. 

This Guarantee excludes liability for:

  1. Losses recoverable under homeowner’s insurance, manufacturer’s warranty, contractor’s warranty, or extended warranty and/or a home warranty program.Defects resulting from failure to perform maintenance or negligent misuse.Bodily injury, property damage or other conditions resulting from the defect.Failure to comply with any local, state or national code.Defects that are hidden and not visible to the naked eye. This applies most specifically to ir thermal imaging. This guarantee does not cover any work done with thermal imaging for moisture detection. Defects in roofs are an example of hidden defects. It is always best to hire a roofing contractor to certify your roof. Report any defects by calling me and sending an email with details to:

KURT SHAFER
Issues@KurtShafer.COM

It is important that you review the CREIA and NACHI standards in detail before you call me to re-inspect a problem that you feel is covered by our guarantee. If it is found that the problem is not covered by our guarantee, a $150 service call fee will apply.