• Report

    At Companion Home Inspections, we pride ourselves on providing a detailed and comprehensive inspection report that serves as your guide throughout your homeownership journey. Our inspection report includes thorough descriptions of each major system of the home, ensuring you have a clear understanding of its condition and any potential issues. Here are some of the major systems covered in our report:

    1. Structural Components: We inspect the foundation, walls, roof structure, and other structural elements of the home to ensure they are sound and free from defects. 
    2. Exterior: We evaluate the exterior components of the home, including siding, windows, doors, and trim, to identify any damage or deterioration that may affect the home's integrity.
    3. Roofing: We thoroughly inspect the roof covering, flashing, gutters, and downspouts to assess their condition and identify any leaks or potential issues.
    4. Plumbing System: We assess the plumbing system, including pipes, fixtures, water heaters, and drainage systems, to ensure they are functioning properly and free from leaks or defects.
    5. Electrical System: We inspect the electrical system, including wiring, outlets, switches, and panels, to ensure they meet safety standards and are free from hazards.
    6. Heating and Cooling Systems: We evaluate the HVAC system, including the furnace, air conditioner, and ductwork, to ensure they are operating efficiently and effectively.
    7. Interior: We examine the interior components of the home, including walls, ceilings, floors, and stairs, to identify any damage or defects that may affect the home's livability.
    8. Insulation and Ventilation: We assess the insulation and ventilation in the home to ensure they meet energy efficiency standards and promote indoor air quality.

    We understand the importance of providing you with a clear and concise summary of the inspection findings. That's why our comprehensive inspection report not only addresses the condition of each major system of the home but also includes detailed documentation of any recommended repairs, replacements, or improvements.

    Here's what you can expect from our inspection report:
    System Condition Assessment: Our report thoroughly evaluates the condition of each major system of the home, including structural, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, interior components, insulation, and ventilation. We provide detailed descriptions of any deficiencies or issues identified during the inspection.
    Recommended Repairs and Improvements: For each system, we clearly document any recommended repairs, replacements, or improvements necessary to address identified issues and ensure the safety, functionality, and longevity of the home. Whether it's repairing a leaky pipe, replacing a worn-out roof shingle, or upgrading outdated electrical wiring, we provide actionable recommendations to address any deficiencies.
    Summary of Significant Issues: In addition to detailed descriptions and recommendations for each system, our report includes a summary section that highlights significant issues for quick reference. This summary allows you to quickly identify and prioritize any major concerns that may require immediate attention or further evaluation.

    By providing you with a comprehensive inspection report that addresses the condition of each major system of the home and includes clear documentation of recommended repairs and improvements, we empower you to make informed decisions about your property. Whether you're a homebuyer, seller, or homeowner, our report serves as a valuable resource to guide you in maintaining and protecting your investment.

    Absolutely, the summary section of the inspection report is indeed crucial, especially for individuals in the process of making a purchase decision. It provides a concise overview of the most significant issues identified during the inspection, allowing buyers to quickly grasp the condition of the property and make informed decisions. However, while the summary offers a convenient snapshot of the inspection findings, the body of the report contains the detailed information necessary for a thorough understanding of the home's condition. Once you've moved into your new home, you may find that delving into the specifics outlined in the body of the report becomes essential for planning repairs, maintenance, and renovations.

    Here's how the different sections of the inspection report serve their respective purposes:
    Summary Section: This section highlights the most critical issues identified during the inspection, providing a concise overview for buyers to consider when making their purchase decision. It serves as a valuable tool for prioritizing concerns and negotiating repairs or adjustments with the seller.
    Body of the Report: The body of the report contains the detailed findings of the inspection, including descriptions of each major system of the home, any deficiencies or issues identified, and recommended repairs or improvements. This comprehensive information serves as a reference guide for homeowners once they've moved in, helping them address issues systematically and plan for future maintenance and upgrades.

    By providing both a summary of significant issues and detailed information in the body of the report, we ensure that our clients have the resources they need to make informed decisions at every stage of the home buying process. Whether you're in the midst of negotiations or settling into your new home, our inspection report serves as a valuable tool to guide you in protecting and maintaining your investment.

    The reference material included in the inspection report serves as a valuable resource for those seeking further explanation or clarification on specific issues. By including reference material in the inspection report, we aim to provide our clients with comprehensive and accessible information to support their decision-making process and ongoing homeownership journey. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner, our goal is to ensure that you have the knowledge and resources you need to confidently care for your property and protect your investment.

    Home safety tips

    The report will provide you with a number of home safety tips, addressing everything from smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to overhead garage door openers.

    Home maintenance tips

    The home is a very significant investment for most people. Good preventative maintenance is a great way to protect your investment. Our home inspection reports include a maintenance section to help make sure that your home continues to be safe, comfortable, and efficient.

    Priority Maintenance for Home Buyers
    There are so many home maintenance and repair items that are important; it can be confusing trying to establish which are the most critical. To simplify things, we have compiled a short list of our favorites. These are by no means all-inclusive, nor do they replace any of the information in a home inspection report. They should, however, help you get started on the right foot. Remember, any items marked as priority or safety issues on your home inspection report need immediate attention.

    One-Time Tasks

    1. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as required, according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Know the requirements in your area.
    2. Make any electrical improvements recommended in the home inspection report.
    3. Remove any wood/soil contact to prevent rot and insect damage.
    4. Change the locks on all doors. Use a dead bolt for better security and to minimize insurance costs.
    5. Correct trip hazards such as broken or uneven walks and driveways, loose or torn carpet or uneven flooring.
    6. Correct unsafe stairways and landings. (Railings missing, loose, too low, et cetera.)
    7. Have all chimneys inspected before operating any of these appliances.
    8. Locate and mark the shut-offs for the heating, electrical and plumbing systems.
    9. Label the circuits in electrical panels.
    10. If there is a septic system, have the tank pumped and inspected. If the house is on a private water supply (well), set up a regular testing procedure for checking water quality.

    Regular Maintenance Items

    1. Clean the gutters in the spring and fall.
    2. Check for damaged roofing and flashing materials twice a year.
    3. Cut back trees and shrubs from the house walls, roof and air conditioning system as needed.
    4. Clean the tracks on horizontal sliding windows annually, and ensure the drain holes are clear.
    5. Test ground fault circuit interrupters, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors using the test button, monthly.
    6. Service furnace or boiler yearly.
    7. Check furnace filters, humidifiers and electronic air cleaners monthly.
    8. Check the bathtub and shower caulking monthly and improve promptly as needed.
    9. If you are in a climate where freezing occurs, shut off outdoor water faucets in the fall.
    10. Check reversing mechanism on garage door opener monthly.
    11. Check attics for evidence of leaks and condensation and make sure vents are not obstructed, at least twice a year. (Provide access into all attics and crawl spaces.)
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