Buyer/Seller Home Inspection
For San Francisco Bay Area Residential & Commercial Clients

home inspector

Strong Builders Construction, Inc.
offers professional home inspection services. We provide a non-invasive, visual examination of a residential dwelling, which is designed to evaluate the overall condition of the dwelling and identify observed material defects* within specific components of said dwelling. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home.

A home inspection can include a survey and/or analysis of energy flows and usage in a residential property if the client requests it.

*A material defect is a condition of a property, or any portion of it, that would have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the real property, or that involves an unreasonable risk to people on the property.


Home Inspection Components

Roof
roofline

The inspector will inspect from ground level or eaves:

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

Exterior

The inspector will inspect:

  • the exterior wall-covering material, flashing and trim;
  • all exterior doors, decks, stoops, steps, stairs, porches, railings, eaves, soffits and fascias;
  • and report as in need of repair any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, balconies and railings;
  • a representative number of windows;
  • the vegetation, surface drainage, and retaining walls when these are likely to adversely affect the structure;
  • and describe the exterior wall covering.

Basement, Foundation & Crawlspace
basement

The inspector will inspect:

  • the basement;
  • the foundation;
  • the crawlspace;
  • the visible structural components;
  • and report on the location of under-floor access openings;
  • and report any present conditions or clear indications of active water penetration;
  • for wood in contact with or near soil;
  • and report any general indications of foundation movement, such as, but not limited to: sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and floor slopes;
  • and report on any cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may present a structural or safety concern.

Heating

The inspector will inspect:

  • the heating systems, using normal operating controls, and describe the energy source and heating method;
  • and report as in need of repair heating systems that do not operate;
  • and report if the heating systems are deemed inaccessible.

Cooling

The inspector will inspect:

  • the central cooling equipment using normal operating controls.

Plumbing
plumbing

The inspector will:

  • determine and report whether the water supply is public or private;
  • verify the presence and identify the location of the main water shut-off valve;
  • inspect the water heating equipment, including venting connections, energy source supply system, and seismic bracing, and verify the presence or absence of temperature-pressure relief valves and/or Watts 210 valves;
  • inspect toilets for proper operation;
  • water-test sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage;
  • inspect the interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets;
  • inspect the drain, waste and vent systems, including all fixtures;
  • describe any visible fuel-storage systems;
  • inspect the drainage sump pumps, and test pumps with accessible floats;
  • inspect and describe the location of the main water supply and main fuel shut-off valves.
  • inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously;
  • inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in installation of hot and cold water faucets;
  • inspect and report as in need of repair any mechanical drain stops that are missing or do not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; and
  • inspect and report any evidence that toilets are damaged, have loose connections to the floor, leak, or have tank components that do not operate.


Electrical
electrical

The inspector will inspect:

  • the service drop/lateral;
  • the meter socket enclosures;
  • the means for disconnecting the service main;
  • and describe the service disconnect amperage rating, if labeled;
  • panelboards and over-current devices (breakers and fuses);
  • and report on any unused circuit breaker panel openings that are not filled;
  • the service grounding and bonding;
  • a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter or AFCI-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible;
  • and test all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible;
  • and report the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring, if readily visible;
  • and report on any tested receptacles 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 service entrance conductors and the condition of the conductor insulation;
  • and report the absence of smoke detectors; and
  • service entrance cables, and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the integrity of the insulation, drip loop, or separation of conductors at weatherheads and clearances from grade and rooftops.

Fireplace
fireplace

The inspector will inspect:

  • the fireplace, and open and close the damper door, if readily accessible and operable;
  • hearth extensions and other permanently installed components;
  • and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the lintel, hearth and material surrounding the fireplace, including the fireplace opening’s clearance from visible combustible materials.

Attic, Ventilation & Insulation
attic

The inspector will inspect:

  • the insulation in unfinished spaces;
  • for the presence of attic ventilation;
  • mechanical ventilation systems;
  • and report on the general absence or lack of insulation in unfinished spaces.

Doors, Windows & Interior
door

The inspector will:

  • open and close a representative number of doors and windows;
  • inspect the walls, ceilings, steps, stairways and railings;
  • and report as in need of repair any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways and railings;
  • inspect garage doors and garage door openers by operating using the installed automatic door control;
  • and report as improper any photoelectric safety sensor that fails to respond adequately to testing;
  • and report as in need of repair any door locks or side ropes that have not been removed or disabled when the garage door opener is in use;
  • and report as in need of repair any windows that are obviously fogged or display other evidence of broken seals.

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