Our residential home inspector looks at the whole house from the basement to the roof from the inside to the outside.
In addition to the roofing inspection that looked at the details of the roofing's condition, our professional inspector will look at the lines of the roof as well.
One big structural issues that we see and that needs immediate attention is if the roof line is sagging. This can be caused by many factors but whatever the reasons, a sagging roof has to be addressed immediately. A collapsed roof is not something you will ever want to have to deal with.
Bricks and Stones
During the assessment of the condition of the home, the home inspector will also look at the condition of the brick or stone work. Ther are numerous things that an inspector looks for including missing bricks and stones. missing mortar and cracking in the bricks/stones or mortar. Besides make the house look nice, these issues help to keep water and critter from entering the home.
During the inspection, we do a quick look at the windows. Are they newer or older? What's their general condition? Knowing the condition of the windows can help you in making the decision if they will need to be replaced in the future.
If there is a huge crack in the foundation, it is almost guarranteed to have water penetration issues. Our inspector comes in handy to identify areas where the foundation hasn't cracked yet, but certainly shows signs of water penetration. Our home inspectors are trained to look for those signs of water damage even when no crack have appeared yet. Signs of carpet and drywall damage are dead giveaways that there is an issue. We are trained to look for that evidendce of water leakage.
Sometimes it is really easy to see that a house has shifted and is not sitting square on the foundation. Other times, it can be much more difficult to see. During our inspections, we look at the frame of the house both in the attic and the basement. We are looking for beams twisting or warping. They are best to be fixed immediately. The home inspection report will outline exactly what we have discovered.
Previous damage to the home
Once in a while, we come across a house that has had previous major damage. The current owners have tried to cover up the damage in order to sell the house. Without a home inspection, potential buyers would never uncover that the house actually had a previous fire or was flooded. This discovery changes the entire negotiation process (provided you still want the house). Our report will let you know if we uncover any major damages.