Pre-Purchase Inspections

For older houses, but even for new ones, a pre-purchase inspection provides a large measure of protection from unpleasant surprises by providing the buyer with a clear understanding of the house they are considering buying. By identifying both positive features and deficiencies, as well as suggesting necessary repairs in the most cost effective manner, a pre-purchase inspection allows the buyer to make more informed decisions.

When clients attend a pre-purchase inspection they benefit from my 30 years of knowledge and experience as I evaluate more than 2000 items, providing a running commentary of observations and recommendations.  I visually inspect all accessible systems and components including:

  • structure and foundation
  • exterior finishes
  • site drainage and gutter system
  • electrical system
  • plumbing system
  • roof and attic space
  • basement and/or crawlspace
  • interior finishes
  • porches and decks

I also inspect and operate:

  • furnaces or boilers in heating season
  • plumbing fixtures in kitchens and baths
  • a representative sampling of lights and receptacles
  • a representative sampling of windows and doors

Examples of many of the things I have seen during inspections can be found in Photos – the good, the bad, the ugly – and even the funny!

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