We will conduct a thorough visual inspection of the property to give you a clear picture of exactly what it is you're buying. With that information at your fingertips, you'll be able to make an informed decision and avoid any nasty surprises in the future.
Below you'll find a general outline of what our home inspections include.
Check faucets and showers, looking for visible leaks as well as testing water pressure. Identify the types of pipes used, if visible. Identify the location of the main water shutoff valve.
Identify the type of wiring, test all outlets and make sure there are GFCIs installed where needed to protect from electrical shock. Inspect the electrical panel for safety issues and fire hazards.
Determine the age of the furnace and air conditioner, whether or not they function properly, and possibly recommend repairs or maintenance.
Determine the age of the water heater and check for proper installation. We can also determine the condition and possibly give an estimated remaining life span of the unit.
Check for proper ventilation. A poorly ventilated dryer exhaust can be a serious fire hazard.
Test smoke detectors and ensure that the garage wall, if present, has the proper fire rating and is undamaged. Also check the fireplace for proper installation and maintenance.
Check for visible leaks, properly secured toilets, proper ventilation to prevent moisture related issues, and more.
Inspect all walls for signs of damage, moisture, cracks, holes, and other defects.
If possible, check for structural damage and proper ventilation. Also check insulation and ensure that nothing is ventilated directly into the attic, such as the bathroom.
Inspect crawl space for proper drainage, plumbing leaks, insulation, rodent activity, moisture, ventilation and structural supports.
Check for damaged or missing siding, cracks, and excessive soil contact which can be an invitation for pests.
Check for possible foundation failure, indicated by cracks or settling.
Check to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house, which prevents water from entering the house or causing damage to the foundation.
If accessible and visible, check for roof damage or poor installation that may allow for water penetration as well as checking the condition of the gutters.
Test the garage door for proper functionality, check for proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and check for risks of explosion from ignition sources too close to the floor.
Inspect all decks, patios, balconies, and porches for adequate support and construction techniques, safety hazards, and proper care and maintenance.
Do you have unanswered questions? Or are you ready to schedule your inspection? Either way, we look forward to hearing from you.
Doran Home Inspections provides licensed and certified home inspections in Everett, Lynnwood, Arlington, Marysville, Stanwood, Snohomish, Monroe, Gold Bar, Sultan, Mukilteo, Edmonds, Bothell, Mercer Island, Mount Vernon, Woodinville, Kenmore, Shoreline, Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish Snoqaulmie, North Bend, Renton, Tukwila, Kent, Seatac, Island County, Snohomish County, King County, Issaquah, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Lake Stevens, Granite Falls, Camano Island, Whidbey Island, Clinton, Langley, and Poulsbo. Not sure if that's you? Give us a call at (425) 478-9435 or send us an email.