About our Home Inspections

Infrared

First and foremost, all of our home inspections come with an Infrared Inspection completely free! What is an Infrared Inspection? Using an infrared camera we are able to see things that the naked eye can not. Remember the movie Predator? Using the infrared camera we get "Predator Vision" The camera picks up things like moisture hidden behind walls, floors, and ceilings, and voids in insulation. 

Leaking Shower Pan
Moisture in Basement Wall
Fungal Growth/Mold in Crawlspace
Water Penetration in Crawlspace
Structural Components

A structural inspection and description of the foundation, floors, walls, columns/piers, ceiling structure, and roof. We go into crawlspaces, attics, and basements (as long as they're safely accessible) to look for things such as broken trusses, leaning columns or piers, signs of water penetration, etc. You'd be surprised at some of the things we've found in these areas. 

Exteriors

The exterior of the home is just as important as the interior. We look at the siding, flashing, trim, doors, windows, garage doors, decks, balconies, eaves, soffit, fascia, driveways, patios, retaining walls, vegetation, grading, driveways, etc. We'll describe in detail any defects we find as well as the implications that they can have on the home itself. 

Water Damaged Siding
Deck support not in contact w/deck
Missing Boots on Plumbing Vents
Daylight Showing in Attic
Roofing

When it comes to inspecting the roof we look at the roof coverings/shingles, the gutters, flashing, skylights, chimneys, roof penetrations, plumbing boots, signs of leaks and moss or lichen growth. The state of North Carolina does not require home inspectors to walk the roof as part of the inspection, in fact some times walking the roof can damage the roof. So if we can't walk the roof we'll inspect it with binoculars, from ladders, windows, and even the underside in the attic. 

Plumbing System

During the plumbing part of the inspection we'll inspect the distribution piping, drain piping, piping material, supports, insulation, faucets, sinks, tubs, leaks, cross-connections, venting, traps, water heaters, sump pumps, gas piping, etc. We also check to see if there is functional flow (making sure there is reasonable water pressure in the home) and functional drainage. 

Missing TPRV on Water Heater
Polybutylene Piping
Electrical System

This includes the service entrance conductors, grounding equipment, main over current device, main electrical panel, sub panels, ceiling fans, light fixtures, switches, receptacles, GFCI's, polarity and grounding of receptacles, smoke detectors, and permanently installed Carbon Monoxide detectors. Yes, we do take the covers off of the main electrical panel and sub panels to inspect the wiring.

Hanging Live Wire in Crawl
Hot & Neutral Wires Reversed
Heating & Cooling Systems

We check heating and cooling equipment, normal operating controls, automatic safety controls, chimneys, flues, vents, wood stoves, fireplaces, gas logs, fans, pumps, duct work, filters, insulation, radiators, coil units, each central air unit, through the wall units, and more. We also check that there are heating/cooling sources in each habitable space.

Damaged Ductwork
Air Handler in Crawl Space
Water Damaged Hardwoods
Failed Thermal Seal in Window
Interiors

The interiors part of the inspection includes, walls, floors, ceilings, steps, stairways, balconies, railings, counters, cabinets, doors, and windows. A commonly found interior defect can be a failed thermal seal in a window. Sometimes you can see the condensation in between the window panes, but it also causes heating and cooling loss, making your home less energy efficient. 

Insulation & Ventilation

This part of the inspection looks at insulation and vapor barriers in unfinished locations, the ventilation of the attic & foundation areas, venting systems in the kitchen, bath, & laundry, attic fans, etc. Without proper insulation you can see a huge difference in your energy bill and without proper ventilation the home can create  an environment that is conducive to mold/fungal growth.

Missing Insulation
Sweating Insulation (Bad Ventilation)
Missing Kick Plate on Dishwasher
Stove Eye Not Heating
Built In Kitchen Appliances

When we're inspecting the built in Kitchen appliances we take a look at permanently installed dishwashers and run them through a normal cycle, test ranges, stoves, permanently installed ovens, trash compactors, garbage disposals, rang hoods, permanently installed microwaves. If the refrigerator is installed and conveying with the sale, we will check that it is properly functioning at the time of inspection.

Pre-Drywall Inspections

If you're building a new home a pre-drywall inspection is one of the most important steps you can take during the building process. Common defects we find are broken roof trusses, improper wiring, improper plumbing, foundation issues, and framing defects. It's much easier and cost effective to find these things while the home is being built as opposed to finding out later when you try to sell the home.

Missing Anchor Bolt on Wall
Broken Roof Truss
Water in the Crawlspace
Fungus in the Crawlspace
Maintenance/1 year Warranty Inspections

Use our inspection report to hand to your builder, before your 1 year builders warranty is up. Or use our inspection report to address items that need immediate attention and prepare for the future. Common finds are fungus/mold, dangerous electrical and HVAC systems, roofing or window leaks, water in the crawlspace, and plumbing defects. 

Alpha Home Inspections, LLC "Know Before You Close"                                                                                                            

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • White Instagram Icon

Like us on Facebook!

Follow us on Instagram!

Raleigh Home Inspector