A Structural Pest Inspection is included in all my home inspections, because an inspection isn't complete without it!
A home inspection covers the following visible components: Structure, Exterior, Roof, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating, Air conditioning, Interior, Insulation/Ventilation, Fireplace/Stove, Site, and attached Garage/Carport.
For a detailed list of the minimum inspection requirements, visit the Washington Administrative Code.
All Areas: requires reporting materials, safety hazards, rot, conducive conditions for Wood Destroying organisms (WDO), and description of any deficiencies within. Inspectors reserve the right to exclude portions if deemed unsafe.
Structure: Traverse attic and crawlspace and determine the condition of exposed members including stairs.
Exterior: Inspect all visible wall coverings, penetrations, attached deck/deck-like structures, eaves, and soffits.
Roof: Traverse roof- inspecting roof, penetrations, gutters, downspouts, flashing, soffits, and fascias.
Plumbing: Describe piping materials. Inspect visible supply and waste lines, and water heating equipment. Report the presence of sump pumps, waste ejector pumps, and confirm operation of the float if the sump is dry. Report location of the main water and/or fuel shutoff valves, the presence of TPR valve and associated piping, water temperature and if its at the safe level of 120 degrees (F). Operate fixtures checking for proper operation, flow, and drainage.
Electrical: Inspect Main service drop, main panel, sub panels, receptacles, and outlets. Describe overcurrent protection and power supply type and material. Check service grounding electrode. Check for operational AFCI/GFCI where required.
Heating: Inspect fuel source, heating equipment, distribution, controls, flues, chimneys, venting, and auxiliary heating units. Verify that all habitable space have heat source. Ensure the adequacy of combustion air.
Air Conditioning: Inspect cooling equipment, distribution, and controls. *If over 65 degrees*
Interior: Inspect walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, steps, stairways, balconies, and railings. Verify all steps, stairways, handrails, guardrails, and landings are installed as necessary. Inspect caulking and grout around water fixtures. Verify presence of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Insulation/Ventilation: Inspect Insulation, ventilation, and mechanical systems which are readily accessible in attics and subfloor areas. Report missing or inadequate vapor barriers in crawlspaces, and missing insulation between conditioned and non conditioned spaces.
Fireplaces/Stoves: Inspect dampers, fireboxes, and hearths.
Site: Inspect serviceability of walkways, driveways, patios, and retaining walls contiguous with structure. Inspect for proper grading and drainage slope, and that there is no vegetation in close proximity to the home.
Attached Garage/Carport: Test the function of garage door openers and their safety devices. Inspect any pedestrian doors and fire seperation between the house and garage. Report as fire hazard the presence of any ignition source within 18" of garage floor.