It's important to understand what a general home inspection does and does not consist of... but first, let's set some expectations.
At Izon, we understand the importance the inspection plays in the buying and selling process. We also understand why inspectors are frequently referred to as the "contract killers". We're not in the business of shattering dreams or breaking up deals; we're here to provide you with detailed information about your future home that you might not otherwise see. You can trust that the services we provide will be thorough, displayed on a image-centric and easy to understand written report. See for yourself! What we find is easily laid out in that report for you to discuss with your family and realtor.
A common misunderstanding is an inspector is there to create a "repair list". This is not true, but rather a list of defects, material or other, and the good, and not so good things about the overall condition of the home. From there you can take what we've discovered to the sellers and petition for repairs of what you feel are the most important or most obvious safety issues. Please know, they have no obligation to accommodate those requests.
*All the essential systems and components that are visible and accessible are inspected for defects, including:
- Roof system (Coverings, Flashings, Penetrations, Chimney, and Gutters)
- Exterior (Walls, Trim, Doors & Windows, Grounds, Walkways)
- Foundation (Structure, Basement & Crawlspaces)
- Heating & Cooling
- Distribution System
- Plumbing (Faucets and Fixtures, Drains, Energy Sources, and Water Heaters)
- Electrical (Service Entrance, Branch Wiring, Receptacles & Switches)
- Fireplace (Hearth, Flue & Damper, Firebox, and Spark Barriers)
- Structure (Framing)
- Ventilation (Flues and Vents)
- Interior (Doors & Windows, Walls, Ceilings, and Floors)
- Attached Appliances (Attached Microwaves, Range & Oven)
*for detailed information of the exact systems and components that are inspected, follow the link above to the Standards of Practice.
All of our reports include infrared imaging at no additional charge. This is the most efficient and accurate technology used in energy audits and home inspections to identify areas of air infiltration, duct leaks, areas lacking insulation, potential electrical hazards, and areas of past or present moisture.
Infrared cameras translate the heat signatures of objects into colors on a gradient scale, with higher temperatures appearing as lighter colors, and lower temperatures and wet areas appearing as darker colors. IR cameras are thought to be like x-ray vision, which is simply not true. However, it does give us the capability to see areas with potential issues in a way we can't with our naked eye. If an area looks suspicious, we will always use a moisture meter to confirm or deny what we're seeing with the camera.
Want to know more? Check out our News page to learn how infrared works and why it has become an incredible tool for the home inspection industry.