Home Inspection: What to Expect

The Home Inspection Report

All clients of Kline Home Inspection receive a custom computer-generated home inspection report that is available online or sent via U.S. mail, if preferred. The home inspection report contains pictures and text detailing our observations, condition of materials, type of materials, and any defects that, in the judgement of the inspector, adversely affect the function and/or integrity of the items, components, and systems. If items are found that are unsafe, hazardous, or require further evaluation by an expert, the report tells you so in plain English. The report will list any systems or components that were designated for inspection by the NAHI standards of practice, but were not inspected, and the reasons why.

And further, if desired, our home inspector takes the time to personally guide you through every step of the home inspection process and discuss the inspection findings – either during the inspection or via phone, if you are unable to attend.

Items Included in a Kline Home Inspection:

Site

  • Building perimeter, land grade, and water drainage directly adjacent to the foundation
  • Trees and vegetation that adversely affect the structure
  • Walks, grade steps, driveways, patios, and retaining walls contiguous with the structure

Foundation

  • Foundation walls, first-floor systems, other support and sub-structure components, stairs
  • Ventilation, grade slab and/or floor slab

Exterior

  • Visible structural components
  • Wall covering, trim, and protective coating
  • Windows and doors
  • Attached porches, decks, steps, balconies, handrails, guardrails, and carports
  • Visible exterior portions of chimneys

Roof coverings, flashings, gutters, downspouts, and roof ventilation

  • Roof covering material
  • Rain gutter and downspout system
  • Visible portions of roof flashings
  • Roof ventilation
  • Roof soffits and fascias
  • Roof skylights and other roof accessories

Roof structure, attic, and insulation

  • Roof framing, sheathing, and decking
  • Attic insulation

Attached garage(s)/carport(s)

  • Exterior and interior walls and ceilings, floors, windows, doors, roof, and foundation.
  • Electrical system and components
  • Plumbing system and components
  • Heating systems or units

Electrical

  • Entrance of the primary service from masthead to main panel; main and sub-panels including feeders
  • Branch circuits, connected devices, and lighting fixtures

Plumbing

  • Visible water supply lines
  • Visible waste/soil and vent lines
  • Fixtures and faucets
  • Domestic hot water system and fuel source

Central Heating

  • Fuel source
  • Heating equipment
  • Heating distribution
  • Operating controls
  • Flue pipes, chimneys, and venting
  • Auxiliary heating units

Central Air Conditioning

  • Cooling equipment
  • Cooling distribution
  • Operating controls

Interior walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors

  • Steps, stairways, balconies, railings
  • Fireplaces
  • Electric outlets and fixtures
  • Plumbing fixtures and components
  • Heating and cooling distribution