American Society of Home Inspectors - member.
American Home Inspectors Training Institute - graduate.
Licensed and insured
  1. Home inspection
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Mechanical (HVAC) / Electrical
  5. Final inspection report
The home inspection is a visual inspection of the house.  Home inspectors do not perform any invasive testing, nor can they inspect what they cannot see. During a home inspection, the home inspector will focus on the condition of the home and document items that are observed not operating, have significant defects, safety concerns, and/or are maintenance items.
Home inspectors need to know and understand the home’s various systems, how the systems work independently and together and how the system(s) can fail. Home buyers and/or sellers should expect a written report that describes the actual condition of the home at the time of the inspection.  The report should provide an indication of major repairs needed to the structure.
For additional details regarding what a home inspection, please visit the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics listed on the American Society of Home Inspectors website ( The ASHI Standards of Practice provide basic guidelines for conducting a home inspection and the ASHI Code of Ethics set standards of professional behavior for members.
A professional home inspector should inspect the following items, at a minimum:

-Exterior Home Site
  • walkways, driveways, grading, steps, porch, patio, decks, retaining walls
-Building Foundation
  • slab on grade, block, poured, stone 
-Exterior Home Walls
  •  structure, chimney, facia, soffit, siding, trim, doors, windows, caulking
-Roof Coverings, Flashings & Gutters
  •  condition of materials, valleys, items protruding through the roof
-Roof Support Structure
  • trusses, rafters, sheathing
  •  insulation, ventilation
-Basement/Crawl Space
  • stairs, visible foundation, floor, visible structure, drainage, insulation
-Insulation Quality
  • attic, visible in basement and other locations
  • doors, opener, safety, floor
  • main panel, sub panel, outlets, fixtures
-Visible Interior and Exterior Plumbing
  • water flow, leaks, drainage, moisture stains, shut offs, water heater, fixtures
-Central Air and Heating System
  • brand, model, serial #, age, operating status
-Interior Condition of the Home
  • kitchen, laundry, appliances, bedrooms, bathrooms, egress, windows,  doors, stairs, fireplace
What not to expect:
Home inspectors do not do invasive or destructive testing or inspect hidden items.  Home buyers and/or sellers should not expect the inspection report to include the condition of every small or cosmetic items, which are considered readily apparent to the buyer or seller. The home inspector is primarily concerned with pointing out items not operating, have significant defects,  and safety concerns and/or maintenance items.
A home inspection is not a code compliance inspection.  A home inspector will not inspect inaccessible areas of the home. The inspector’s report does not serve as a guarantee that the components of the home will never fail or need repair at some point in the future.  Every home has items that are in need of repair.
"The inspection process, I thought was very thorough and informative."
"Thank you for the report. It was very thorough and I appreciated the pictures along with pointing out issues."