What to Expect

From YOUR Inspection

Whether you are buying, selling, building or maintaining your home, Inspect-O-Graff, LLC provides professional and quality service from the moment you call us. We will walk through your home with you and teach you as much as you want to learn.  We use the most modern tools including thermal camera, moisture meter on all inspections, at no additional charge!

After we walk through the home together,  your inspector will personally explain the general condition of the home and systems with you and your agent. We will talk through any major issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. We will also mention the items that you will want to keep an eye on for deferred maintenance. All of this will be detailed in our easy-to-read Spectora report, that will be delivered in HTML and/or PDF format. From that report, you’ll be able to see the items we discussed, with images for reference.

Our job is to make sure you understand all aspects of the inspection process, and we do not stop there. Should you have any questions or concerns after the report, you are encouraged to give us  call. We will provide you with an explanation of the report and options to assist you in making a confident decision about your property.

It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement. A home or commercial building inspection is intended to be used as a tool for negotiation and / or so the client can make and educated decision on the purchase of the property inspected. A new construction inspection typically has deficiencies discovered that are given to the builder for correction / repair.

With Inspect-O-Graff, LLC , the Client and the Buyers Agent should get the home inspection report that evening or first thing next morning but within 24-48 hrs of it being completed. Once all the inspections are in, your agent typically works with you to determine what repairs to request. Your agent will then present the repair request to the Sellers Agent to review with you.

Whole-home inspections cover numerous systems within the house, but there are a handful of hot-spots that concern buyers the most. Below is a diagram of what the home inspection covers. If you still have a concern send us a message or call 727-639-5941

Prior to the expiration of the one year builder warranty on a newly constructed home an expert inspection should be performed by a qualified and licensed home / building inspection professional. This inspection is referred to as a “One Year Builder Warranty Inspection”. The inspection is a cross between a home inspection and a final walk through inspection with a focus on items covered under builder warranty. This inspection is very important to be sure deficiencies, including undetected construction defects and water intrusion are identified and reported to builder prior to warranty expiration.

Four point inspections are one of the tools that insurance underwrites and companies use to determine risk. As you might have guessed, there are four main things that are being examined during a four-point inspection: 1) Electrical, 2) Plumbing, 3) Roof Covering, and 4) HVAC System.  A Full buyer’s home inspection takes roughly 2.5 to 4+ hours or more  (depending on the size of the home and deficiencies discovered) , while a 4 point inspection usually takes 30-60 minutes. An insurance four point inspection looks only at four things from a limited inspection scope  (Roof, AC , Plumbing & Electrical) , while a full inspection is exactly that: an inspection of the entire home.

Sample Home & Construction inspection reports.   No home or construction project is going to be perfect. Inspectors will usually discover some issues needing attention or that the buyer and seller should be aware of. In new construction the inspections reports the client can send the summary report directly to the builder, as it serves as a punch list for repairs / corrections. The sample home and construction inspection reports are considered  “typical” for homes and construction projects.

A city or county inspector is required to inspect the projects during construction and inspects buildings for minimum code compliance in a very limited time frame.  An independent construction / home inspector, working on your behalf, brings so much more to the table. In addition to the hours we spend on our inspections, we are looking at so much more than minimum code. With over 30 years of construction experience and multiple building code certifications obtained, we provide a different perspective. Benefiting from over 20 years of home inspections, I identify deficiencies based on first hand knowledge of building performance and how construction deficiencies fail. We regularly identify issues that the municipal inspectors aren’t even looking for before they become hidden latent defects.

During construction a structural inspection, plumbing inspection and final inspection can be performed. On existing pools we look for deficiencies with Pool safety, pool surface, pool equipment, plumbing, electrical, pool heater etc. As for water quality testing such as salt system performance and chemical balancing we recommend consulting with a swimming pool professional.

Wondering what’s included in a standard home inspection from Inspect-O-Graff, LLC? Here is a quick overview of the services included in your home inspection, and the major systems that your inspector will analyze and assess throughout the process.

  • Roof

    The roof is one of the most costly and important structures. We will examine the roof, its structure, shingles/tiles, flashing, gutters, downspouts and more.

  • Exterior

    This includes the exterior walkways and doors, siding, eaves and soffits, fascia, paint, and other such elements of the home’s exterior.

  • HVAC

    We will visually inspect the HVAC systems including ducts, filters, furnaces and air conditioning units.

  • Plumbing

    We will visually inspect plumbing fixtures for proper function, including tubs, sinks, hoses, showers, water shut-off valves, and irrigation systems, if applicable, and look for leaks and other such flaws.

  • Electrical Systems

    We will visually inspect both interior and exterior electrical systems including service drops, service masts, grounding, outlets, meters, circuit breakers, and other such systems.

  • Appliances

    We will test and examine all major appliances like hot water heaters, washers and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and more.

  • Doors, Windows & Interior

    We will check doors and windows for proper sealing and drafts, signs of mold or water damage, and more. We will also check the condition of all interior spaces.

  • Foundations, Basements and Crawl Spaces

    We will examine the foundation, crawlspaces and basements to look for signs of things like past water damage, foundation cracking or shifting, and other such potentially expensive issues.

  • Attic, Ventilation & Insulation

    We will examine the attic to ensure it is properly ventilated, check for mold and moisture, assess the level of insulation, and more.

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