Home Inspections

TYPES OF INSPECTIONS

On Site Home Inspections, LLC offers various types of home inspections. These home inspections are designed for your specific needs. All inspections adhere to the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.

HOME SALE INSPECTION

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Know Before You Buy

You want as much information as possible about the home you are considering for purchase, and a comprehensive home inspection offers important protection for your investment. Our inspection evaluates home safety, and structural and mechanical soundness. We look for any risks to your family’s health and identify potential maintenance issues and help you eliminate unwelcome surprises.

Whether you are the buyer or the seller, you want answers to these important questions before entering into a transaction.

  1. Is the home safe to live in
  2. Is everything operational at the time of the inspection
  3. Is the home structurally and mechanically functional
  4. Are there deficiencies or signs of potential failure
  5. Are components installed in a professional manner
  6. Should small things be repaired or replaced now to prevent large expenses in the future

Our professional home inspection will provide you with comprehensive visual evaluations of the interior and exterior of the home. You will receive a detailed, understandable report that you can use to make important decisions.

Home Maintenance Checkup

Home Maintenance Inspections

Know Your Home

Regardless of how long you have lived in your home, up keep and maintenance are important.  The Home Maintenance Check Up Inspection looks at all major interior and exterior  components of the home.

With the Colorado weather the home exterior can take a beating so making sure your roof is sound, the siding is sealed, the foundation is not cracked or settling and the windows seals are intact is an important part of keeping your home weather resistant.

PRE-LIST HOME INSPECTION

Know Before You List

Our home inspection gives you a powerful marketing tool to set your home apart. We point out repairs that you may wish to make before you put your home up for sale. Our evaluation and report provide the information you need to make full disclosure prior to sale. A pre-sale home inspection can be your comprehensive edge when it comes to offering the buyer greater peace of mind.

A pre-list inspection assures all main home components are in working order and structurally sound. This inspection is an important tool to  market your home when selling.  This will give the buyer peace of mind.

WARRANTY HOME INSPECTION

11thMonth-InspectionsBefore Your Home Warranty Expires

This inspection is for new homes and is done in the 11th month of ownership before the 1 year warranty expires. After living in the home for almost 1 year it is important to recheck all of the major home components to assure proper function prior to any home warranty expiration.

RADON TESTING

Radon TestingFor Peace Of Mind

Assure yourself that  improper levels of radon are not entering your home. The Colorado Front Range is prone to high radon levels in certain areas. The only way to know if the level is high in your home is to have a Radon Test.

Our Radon Test Inspection utilizes the latest technology in radon testing. It is a 48 hour test using a continuous radon monitoring device to measure levels on an hourly basis.

Roof, Gutter, Downspout Inspection
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Inspection
Electrical Inspection
Plumbing Inspection

WHAT IS INSPECTED

Your Home Inspection will inspect various systems and components of your home. These areas of inspection are described below. Click on each link to find out more about the areas of inspection.

  • roof-home-inspectionsAreas of Inspection

    • roof covering materials
    • gutters
    • downspouts
    • vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations
    • general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors, or stairs

    Your home inspection report will include the type of roof covering material and any observed indications of active roof leaks or damage.

  • home-exterior-inspectionAreas of Inspection

    • exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim
    • all exterior doors
    • adjacent walkways and driveways
    • stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps
    • porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports
    • railings, guards and handrails
    • the eaves, soffits and fascia
    • a representative number of windows
    • vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion

    Your home inspection report will describe the type of exterior wall-covering materials and report any damage or improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles, and rails.

  • foundation-inspectionAreas of Inspection

    • foundation
    • basement
    • crawlspace
    • structural components

    Your home inspection report will describe the type of foundation, the location of the access to the under-floor space. It shall also report any damage or items in need of repair including:

    • observed indications of wood in contact with or near soil
    • observed indications of active water penetration
    • observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and unlevel floors
    • observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may, in the inspector’s opinion, present a structural or safety concern
  • hvac-inspectionAreas of Inspection

    • heating system using normal controls

    Your home inspection report will describe the location of the thermostat for the heating system, the energy source, and the heating method. It shall also report any damage or items in need of repair including:

    • any heating system that did not operate
    • If the heating system was deemed inaccessible
  • cooling-system-inspectionAreas of Inspection

    • cooling system using normal controls

    Your home inspection report will describe the location of the thermostat for the cooling system and the cooling method. It shall also report any damage or items in need of repair including:

    • any cooling system that did not operate
    • If the cooling system was deemed inaccessible
  • plumbing-inspectionAreas of Inspection

    • the main water supply shut-off valve
    • the main fuel supply shut-off valve
    • the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing
    • interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water
    • all toilets for proper operation by flushing
    • all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage
    • the drain, waste and vent system
    • drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.

    Your home inspection report will describe whether the water supply is public or private based upon observed evidence, the location of the main water supply shut-off valve, the location of the main fuel supply shut-off valve,
    the location of any observed fuel-storage system, and the capacity of the water heating equipment, if labeled. It shall also report any damage or items in need of repair including:

    • deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously
    • deficiencies in the installation of hot and cold water faucets
    • mechanical drain stops that were missing or did not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs
    • toilets that were damaged, had loose connections to the floor, were leaking, or had tank components that did not operate
  • electrical-inspectionAreas of Inspection

    • service drop
    • overhead service conductors and attachment point
    • service head, gooseneck and drip loops
    • service mast, service conduit and raceway
    • electric meter and base
    • service-entrance conductors
    • main service disconnect
    • panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses)
    • service grounding and bonding
    • a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible
    • all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible
    • smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.

    Your home inspection report will describe the main service disconnect’s amperage rating, if labeled, and
    the type of wiring observed. It shall also report any damage or items in need of repair including:

    • deficiencies in the integrity of the service-entrance conductors’ insulation, drip loop, and vertical clearances from grade and roofs
    • any unused circuit-breaker panel opening that was not filled
    • the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch-circuit wiring, if readily visible
    • any tested receptacle in which power was not present, polarity was incorrect, the cover was not in place, the GFCI devices were not properly installed or did not operate properly, evidence of arcing or excessive heat, and where the receptacle was not grounded or was not secured to the wall
    • the absence of smoke detectors
  • fireplace-inspectionAreas of Inspection

    • readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys
    • lintels above the fireplace openings
    • damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable
    • cleanout doors and frames

    Your home inspection report will describe the type of fireplace. It shall also report any damage or items in need of repair including:

    • evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers
    • manually operated dampers that did not open and close
    • lack of a smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace
    • lack of a carbon-monoxide detector in the same room as the fireplace
    • cleanouts not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material
  • insulation-inspectionAreas of Inspection

    • insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas
    • ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas
    • mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area

    Your home inspection report will describe the type of insulation observed and
    the approximate average depth of insulation observed at the unfinished attic floor area or roof structure. It shall also report any damage or items in need of repair including:

    • the general absence of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces
  • door-window-inspectionsAreas of Inspection

    • a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them
    • floors, walls and ceilings
    • stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps
    • railings, guards and handrails
    • garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls

    Your home inspection report will describe a garage vehicle door as manually-operated or installed with a garage door opener. It shall also report any damage or items in need of repair including:

    • improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, guards and railings
    • photo-electric safety sensors that did not operate properly
    • any window that was obviously fogged or displayed other evidence of broken seals