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Serving People All Across North Georgia -

Helping them make Informed Decisions

About the Purchase of Their Homes

Steve Clarkson - Owner/Inspector


"I Answer My Own Phone"

A Typical Inspection

On the pre-agreed upon day and time of the inspection, I usually arrive at the home a little early, 15-30 minutes.  This gives me time to get in, set up and I can take some of the exterior pictures with out cars in the pictures.

Most of the time, I start the inspection on the exterior of the home, weather permitting.  I inspect the exterior siding, trim, roof and gutter systems, porches, decks, foundation, grading and anything on the outside of the home.

I then move to the inside of the home.  I test all the kitchen appliances to ensure they operate.

Inside I visually inspect the walls, floors, ceilings, doors, a sampling of the windows. 

I also inspect the HVAC, heat and air systems, plumbing and electrical.

I also inspect the foundation, slab, structure, attic and roof system from within.

I use a digital camera during the inspection.  I take a lot of pictures of the home but also of any problems that I see.

What you end up with, later that day, is a complete report, with all the pictures included. 

The report usually runs 40-65 pages long and there is a cover page that lists any defects I see and what my recommendations are.

A Complete Home Inspection Includes:

As an InterNACHI member I adhere to   InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice.

This means I will attempt to inspect all of the following (when accessible):

Roof, vents, flashings, and trim,
Gutters and downspouts,
Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations,
Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings,
Eaves, soffit and fascia,
Grading and drainage,
Basement, foundation and crawlspace,
Water penetration and foundation movement,
Heating systems,
Cooling systems,
Main water shut off valves,
Water heating system,
Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets,
Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats,
Electrical service line and meter box,
Main disconnect and service amperage,
Electrical panels, breakers and fuses,
Grounding and bonding,
GFCIs and AFCIs,
Fireplace damper door and hearth,
Insulation and ventilation,
Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers,
And much more…

As with any inspection I always look for termites and any type of wood destroying insect or fungi!

Please review the  InterNACHI Standards of Practice for complete details or you may contact me with any specific questions.