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Home Inspector Atlanta


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Home Inspector Atlanta

  1. 1. Home Inspection Atlanta The Home Inspection Process in the Atlanta Market Michael Collins-Smythe, Atlanta home inspector An abbreviation of the home inspection process
  2. 2. The Exterior <ul><li>Inspect the grade, it should slope away from the house by 4% </li></ul><ul><li>Inspect retaining walls for protective railings </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the walkways, driveways, and grounds for trip hazards. </li></ul><ul><li>Downspouts should drain away from the foundation. </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully examine the decks and patios for hazards. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Structure Exterior <ul><li>Examine the foundation and foundation walls for cracking, bulging, leaning, and heaving. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the cladding for deterioration, defects, and water shedding. </li></ul><ul><li>Inspect for proper flashings. </li></ul><ul><li>Observe the gutters and downspouts </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the eaves and fascia for water damage and rodent damage. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Roof <ul><li>Examine the composite roof covering for defects and proper installation. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine penetrations and vents for proper installation and deterioration </li></ul><ul><li>Observe flashings and roof-to-wall intersections. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the rake edges of the roof covering for proper overhang. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the chimney components. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Interior <ul><li>Examine the wall and ceiling covering for defects. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the interior doors and windows for operation and egress. Note problems with lacking tempered glass. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the stairs and railings. Stairs are a significant safety hazard. </li></ul><ul><li>Test and check all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the fireplaces. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Bathrooms and Kitchen <ul><li>Examine toilets, bathtubs, faucets, showers, drains, electrical receptacles, venting, and GFCI devices. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine kitchen sink, drain, food disposer, cabinets, appliances, electrical receptacles, and ventilation. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Plumbing <ul><li>Check water supply lines, drain lines, vent pipes for proper installation and leaking. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine gas lines for damages and sizing </li></ul><ul><li>Examine water heater for correct installation. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine sump pumps, washing machine connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine dryer ducts. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Electrical <ul><li>Check service drop, meter panel, grounding, and main shut-off. </li></ul><ul><li>Remove panel box cover plate and check entrance conductors, breakers, branch circuits, sizing, breaker branding, connections, and entrances. </li></ul><ul><li>Check all visible circuits and junctions. </li></ul><ul><li>Check receptacles, lighting, switches, fans, and GFCI devices. </li></ul><ul><li>Test AFCI devices, for fire safety. </li></ul><ul><li>Check for adequate sizing of system. </li></ul>
  9. 9. HVAC <ul><li>Check heat exchanger, blower, and flue pipe. </li></ul><ul><li>Check electrical connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine ductwork for support, seals, and sizing. </li></ul><ul><li>Test air conditioner for proper operation and cooling. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine coolant lines. </li></ul><ul><li>Note servicing record if available. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Crawl Space and Basement <ul><li>Examine footers and foundation walls for cracking and differential settlement. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine piers and girders. </li></ul><ul><li>Check tie-downs and sill plate. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine joists, blocking, ledger boards, and connections. Also note damaged subflooring as visible. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine ventilation, soil gas retarder, water intrusion. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Attic Spaces <ul><li>Examine framing of rafters, braces, collar ties, purlins and ridge boards. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine for deflections. </li></ul><ul><li>Check for prior moisture problems and roof leaks. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine ceiling joists for damage and bearing. </li></ul><ul><li>Check insulation and ventilation </li></ul><ul><li>Examine for rodents or other environmental hazards. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Atlanta Home Inspection Meet Your Inspector <ul><li>Michael Collins-Smythe, a home inspector in Atlanta is a certified Inspector with ASHI and is ICC Code Certified. He also serves on the state board of directors for the ASHI Chapter in Georgia Michael has years of experience inspecting. He inspects older in-town homes, new construction, condominiums, town homes. He is skilled in all areas of inspections including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, framing, structure, foundation, grading, roof coverings, and has written several technical articles related to the home inspection and building consulting industry. He is also certified to conduct Radon testing. He is the owner of The Inspection Company, LLC, , and can be reached at [email_address] . His phone number is 770-321-2676. </li></ul>