Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Doors & Windows
- Interior portions of the doors and windows are inspected for proper ventilation, use as emergency exits, and ease of operation.
- The presence of conditioned air sources to the interior rooms and their condition is reported. Interior room’s cabinets, shelves and counters are inspected for acceptable operation.
- Wet bars are inspected for proper installation of plumbing components, should be free of leaks and drain and vent properly.
- The presence of smoke detectors are reported and should be located on each floor, and at/or near the bedroom sections of the home.
- Fireplaces are checked for proper installation. We do not operate these units. We visually inspect them for signs of improper installation such as evidence of downdrafts, creosote in the throat or flue area, loose or missing dampers, and/or loose, missing or damaged fire box material. Flue interiors are not inspected. Please consult a professional chimney sweep.
- Railing and stair systems are inspected for safety. Proper railing installation and consistent stair riser and tread dimensions are necessary for safety.
- Squeaking floors in a house are generally the result of aging materials in the floor and minor stresses that are common as the house gets older. Unless otherwise noted in the report, these should be considered a minor item only.
- Cracks in the walls are very common in most homes. Most small cracks usually indicate minor movement. These cracks are typically not serious and are even considered to be normal as the house gets older. Larger cracks may indicate ongoing movement and, if noted in the report, further evaluation by a structural engineer is warranted.
- If a house experiences settling or movement within the walls, one of the first noticeable signs will likely be at the doors. If a door sticks it usually means that the door or door frame is no longer square. If noted in the report, sticking doors should be evaluated for potential settlement problems.