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Found the perfect home? Great! The next step is to find out if it is as good as it looks. HomeKey Inspections – The Key to Knowing More™

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Home inspections are the backbone of our company, its what we do best. The best part about our company? We have a whole team of inspectors ready to meet your inspection needs who never settle, always want to know more, and are cotinually pushing to learn and stay current with residential construction and inspections. Some would call it an obsession, we call it passion and pride for our chosen line of work! Whether you work with just one of our inspectors or the whole team, you’ll quickly see why our inspection company continues to outperform our competition.

Many things go into a home inspection, but the short version is that our inspections include inspecting for deficiencies, safety hazards, and foreseeable repairs. The areas to be inspected are Exterior, Roof, Garage, Kitchen, Interior, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC (Heating /Cooling) and Structure, with many components within each section (as listed below). Everything we discover during an inspection will be clearly documented on the inspection report. 

We love pictures! And so does your report! If we see a problem, we snap a picture. Almost every item we note in a report comes with a picture, with the exception of a consistent problem we find all over the property (in which case we include enough pictures to represent the concern and indicate multiple locations throughout the property). But wait, there’s more! We mark-up almost all of the pictures to highlight the area(s) of concern, helping you to make sense of what the problem really is. You’ll even be able to click on any picture in our report to zoom in and see a larger version. Sometimes a picture is not good enough to identify a problem and, in those cases, we can record a short video and include it in the report!

We also categorize findings into one of three categories: Major, Minor and FYI. Most everything in an inspection will be categorized as a minor concern, with the exception of safety hazards, expensive repairs, or deficiencies that need immediate attention – those go as major concerns. That being said, regardless of what category an item falls into on the inspection report, ALL comments/items within the report are of equal importance! 

The process generally takes around three hours onsite for homes that are 2500 square feet or less. Want to participate in the inspection and learn about your home? Great! We encourage you to follow along during the inspection – we make it our goal to teach every client about their new property and show where the important stuff is such as main water shut-off valve, hose bib shut-off valve(s), HVAC filter, etc. We totally welcome questions, there is no such thing as a stupid question when you are with a HomeKey Inspector.

Lastly, our home inspections follow the Standards of Practice as set forth by the American Society of Home Inspectors as well as any state requirements. We take pride in the reports that we deliver to our clients. They are very detailed, full of pictures and include any research that is needed to complete the inspection report. Quality reports take time to write, so our standard policy is to have all inspection reports out the day after the inspection by 9 pm. We offer complimentary phone support for as long as you own the property that we inspected! Whether you need some advice about a remodel project or just have a simple question, we are only a phone call, text or email away!

HomeKey Inspections, The Key to Knowing More

Items that are inspected during a Home Inspection

Exterior

  • Driveway(s)
  • Walkway(s)
  • Steps/Stairs/Stoop
  • Grading
  • Exterior Drainage
  • Landscaping
  • Exterior Doors
  • Siding and Trim
  • Vents
  • Soffits
  • Masonry Components
  • Porch/Patio/Deck
  • Balcony
  • Safety Rails
  • Windows
  • Window Wells

Roof

  • Roof Covering
  • Gutters
  • Roof Flashing
  • Roof Hatch(es)
  • Valleys
  • Roof Sheathing
  • Roof Vent(s)
  • Vent Collars
  • Skylight(s)
  • Chimney(s)
  • Chimney Crown/Cap

Garage

  • Garage Door(s)
  • Walls & Ceiling
  • Floor/Slab
  • Door Auto Reverse
  • Door Photo Eyes
  • Service Door
  • Fire Separation

Interior

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Trim
  • Doors
  • Closet Doors
  • Windows
  • Fireplace(s)
  • Bathroom-Tile/Wall Protection
  • Bathroom – Shower Surround
  • Bathroom – Shower Pan
  • Interior Insulation
  • Attic Insulation
  • Attic Ventilation
  • Steps and Stairways
  • Balconies and Railings
  • Tempered/Safety Glass
  • Smoke/CO Detectors
  • Skylight(s)
  • Counters/Cabinets/Shelves
  • Attic Hatch
  • Attic Pull Down Stairs

Structure

  • Foundation Walls
  • Footers (if visible)
  • Floor/Slab
  • Seepage/Dampness
  • Sump Pump(s)
  • Crawlspace
  • Framing
  • Masonry Walls
  • Masonry Veneer
  • Columns, Piers, or Posts
  • Structural Steel
  • Chimney

Kitchen

  • Range
  • Wall Oven
  • Cooktop
  • Exhaust Fan
  • Range Hood
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposer
  • Microwave
  • Sink
  • Countertops
  • Cabinets
  • Drawers/Doors

Electrical

  • Electric Panel
  • Sub Panel
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Circuits/Cables
  • Service Entry Cable
  • Drop Cable
  • Weatherhead
  • Overhead Cables
  • Meter/Meter Base
  • Ground
  • Receptacles
  • GFCI Protection
  • Switches/Dimmers
  • Junction Boxes
  • Light Fixtures
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Bathroom Fans
  • Door Bell

HVAC

  • Furnace
  • Combustion Air
  • Flue/Exhaust Vent
  • Safety Controls
  • Heat Pump
  • Condensing Unit
  • Refrigerant Lines
  • Air Handler
  • Evaporator Coil
  • Condensate Drain Lines
  • Condensate Pan
  • Condensate Pump
  • Condensate Secondary
  • Filter
  • Ductwork/Plenum
  • Air Registers
  • Returns
  • Thermostat
  • Boiler
  • Boiler Piping
  • Radiators

Plumbing

  • Water Heater
  • Water Heater Flue
  • Pipes and Fittings
  • Drain/Waste/Vent
  • Drain(s)
  • Drain Pop-Up
  • Faucets
  • Fixtures
  • Valve(s)
  • Toilet(s)
  • Bathtub(s)
  • Whirlpool Tub
  • Hose Bib(s)
  • Washer Machine
  • Washer Pan
  • Dryer
  • Bath Vents
  • Water Flow/Pressure
  • Gas Meter
  • Gas Pipe