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Most average inspection companies only cover 400 items, at Quality Home Inspections we cover 1600 items in and around the home. Our Premiere Delaware home inspections exceed industry standards and are among the most thorough in the industry, exposing unknown defects and advising you about future maintenance or we can recommend improvements.
At Quality Home Inspections we perform a 100% inspection, if it’s accessible we inspect it & report on it. We even GUARANTEE our inspections!
If you request your inspection on-line,
we’ll include $500 Dollars In Savings Bucks!
We Cover the following areas:
1) Site and Grounds
Inspection of the Site and Grounds will include items such as grading for drainage, patios, porches, decks , trees and bushes which may have an effect on the home and all other items as they relate to the grading and landscaping.
The exterior of the home protects the interior of the home.
These exterior components of the property include the foundation, retaining walls, Siding, trim, windows, chimneys and other related items. Each of these items are inspected for their overall condition and how it relates to the dwelling.
3) Roof & Attic Structure
The Roof and attic structure provide the primary protection for all the components of the building. There are numerous roof styles and finish materials. Each style and material is inspected carefully for wear, leaks, defects and other deficiencies. Roofing problems that go undetected can cause serious harm to other components of the building. The attic of the home is the uppermost portion of the dwelling, Which still remains on the interior. The attic is inspected for quality construction, insulation type and thickness, water penetration, venting and exposed electrical hazards.
4) All Living Areas
Interior components of the home include various rooms and related items, Your inspector will go through each room including all visible and accessible areas of the home. This is a very important part of the inspection, Because symptoms of larger problems are often visible in these areas. Settling can be noticed in the floors and walls. Leaks may be noticed on the ceilings. Your inspector will go through each and every room making notes of relevant defects.
The garage inspection will include an attached and detached structure. A few items to be inspected are the proper installation of electrical service( including ground fault circuit interruption or also known as GFCI. Test and operate garage door and related components, Inspect overall construction on attached, detached garages and we also inspect for proper firewalls and auto- close mechanisms at the access doors. This is just to name a few.
6) Electrical System
The type, condition and complexity of the electrical system will have a lot to do with the age of the home. The older the home, the more complex and time consuming the electrical inspection tends to be. The electrical inspection will involve inspecting electrical outlets, switches, lighting and any visible electrical wiring in the attic and basement. We will also remove the dead front cover to the main electrical panel. Items to be inspected at the panel include breakers and or fuses, wiring, grounding, double taps, etc.
7) Heating and Air Conditioning
A comfortable living environment is provide by the mechanical systems of the house. Each system has many components and there are also many different system types. For example Gas heat vs. a Heat pump. Your inspector will evaluate the proper operation of each system and component and report on any defects. The mechanical system includes all interior and exterior components.
8) Plumbing System
The plumbing system includes all piping, fixtures, appliances and accessories. Your inspector will inspect and operate all fixtures, run several gallons of water through the plumbing waste pipes to thoroughly exercise the system. Your inspector will leak check the pipes, look for signs of a dripping valve or valves, corrosion, reversed hot and cold water supply limited hot water or inadequate water pressure.
The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. This is where most Americans spend their time when home and not sleeping. Kitchens, which were often installed using sub-standard materials and products will be a source of expensive future upgrades. Your inspector will inspect the condition of the cabinets, counter tops, run all appliances, inspect for safety hazards, inspect for water damage around the sink, dishwasher and base cabinets.
Besides the kitchen, the bathroom is normally one of the most expensive areas to replace or refurbish. The inspector will carefully check all areas including the sink vanity, tub, shower, around the toilet and all supply valves. These areas are more prone to hidden damage water damage. The inspector will advise you of any visible defects and alert you to any potential hidden defects such as a leaking shower pan or a hole in the bath tub.
11) Health, Fire and Safety
Under health, fire and safety these are items such as Emergency egress windows, hand rails, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, 1) Radon, 1)Termites,1) Well Water Testing, 1)Lead base paint, Leaking gas valves, ventilation and combustion air in rooms with gas or oil fired appliances. These areas are all inspected, operated and tested by your inspector. And since they are very important for your family’s safety, rest assured that they will be taken very seriously by your inspector.* These tests must be ordered separately and additional charges will apply.
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