Foundations...

The foundation is the single most important component of any home or structure. Different types of foundations are prone to different problems, but all foundations have the same major function, to supports the entire structure and all its contents. All visible and accessible portions of the foundation are carefully inspected for any defects, cracks, settling and overall condition. Our knowledgeable inspectors are trained extensively in construction techniques & foundation installations. Acquiring this extra information gives DISCOVERY Inspectors an advantage in correctly evaluating the foundation for your structure. Slab foundations are difficult to evaluate because the entire foundation surfaces may be covered and not visible (unless inspected during the construction process.) Defects, often elusive to an untrained or inexperienced inspector can effect the entire structure. Our DISCOVERY Inspector's "instincts" will prove to be most valuable during the foundation inspection process. Another, commonly overlooked and/or incorrectly evaluated problem (however, very important to a DISCOVERY Inspection) would be the final lot grading. This is important because improper lot grading is directly related to proper foundation maintenance and possible future foundation failures. Every DISCOVERY inspection report will include valuable information about your foundation & proper future maintenance information.           This information alone could save you from future foundation problems - SAVING YOU THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS...      

Structure...

The structure of the home is what gives it shape and strength. The most commonly asked questions of a professional home inspector are related to evaluating the condition of the structure. The main components of the framing system consists of  the roof structure, load & non-load bearing walls, ceiling & floor joists and beams. Each of these components are critical in providing the residents with a safe structure & the building with long lasting stability. Minor defects within the structure can be  hard to evaluate. Problems could develop into extensive, often expensive repairs.


Exterior...

The exterior of the building includes; siding, trim, gutters & downspouts, windows, roof, garage, stoops, decks, patios, grounds and related items. Each of these items will be inspected not only for its condition, but how it relates to the dwelling. Defects in exterior components such as the siding, doors or windows can greatly affect other structural components of the home. The exterior of the building is designed to protect the interior components from the effects of mother nature as well as unwanted pest infestations.

Windows...

The inspector will  look at the age, quality, installation and  overall condition of the windows. Sometimes older windows, even though in excellent condition, should be replaced just to improve the insulation quality of the home. One of the most dramatic effects on heating and cooling expenses is to replace old or poor quality windows. The windows need to be installed well and maintained to prevent leaks around the exterior and for good operation. If large windows are poorly installed they will be difficult to operate in the future and the thermo pane seal may fail. Skylights and fixed wall light type windows are inspected carefully for leaks and quality. Skylights installed after a roof has been installed almost always leak! These leaks can cause tremendous damage to the surrounding building materials and go undetected for years.

Interior...

The interior of the home includes all the various rooms and related items. Some items may overlap such as bathrooms and plumbing, living rooms and electrical, and so on. The professional inspector will go through each and every room including all visible and accessible areas of your home. The majority of the home's most important parts are between the floors, ceilings and walls, and they are not visible for inspection. This is why it is so important to inspect the condition of these areas for indications of larger potential problems in the dwelling. Your inspector will go through each room making notes of relevant defects. Although most cosmetic items, such as worn paint, old carpeting & torn wallpaper are not important, they often indicate a general lack of maintenance in the home.

Bathrooms...

The bathrooms of the home can be one of the most expensive areas to replace or refurbish. With simple maintenance, such as caulking and grouting of tub and shower areas, expensive repairs can be avoided. Many future homeowners badly underestimate the cost of bathroom replacement because of the underlying defects, which require repairs. A well maintained, but outdated bathroom can often be updated at a reasonable cost by replacing wallpaper, shower doors, sink vanity  and other minor items. An item as small as a dripping valve inside a wall left un-repaired can be the difference between a $500 upgrade and a $5,000 remodel job.  The experienced inspector is always very suspicious of recent cosmetic work performed in the bathroom area.

Kitchens...

The kitchen is often considered the heart and soul of your home. This is where the majority of families spends most of their time when indoors and not sleeping. Poor quality or worn cabinets and counters tops may require expensive upgrading or repairs. A complete kitchen replacement is very expensive. It is not uncommon to spend more than $10,000 on a new kitchen. Recent cosmetic repairs will be looked at carefully to determine the quality of work and whether or not they were done to mask a more serious problem. The inspector will look for water damage around the sink, cabinet & appliance areas, as well as inspect for safety hazards.


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