What is Included in a Home Inspection?

When you’re on the market for a house, it’s always important to hire a home inspector to thoroughly survey a property you’re interested in to ensure that the sellers aren’t hiding major problems you’ll have to deal with down the line. Before you seal the deal on that new home you have your eye on, read our overview of what is included in a home inspection, and then get in touch with The BrickKicker. We’ve been diligently serving areas like Chicagoland, Athens, GA, and California for years. We’re InterNACHI and Ashi certified, so you know you’re getting a comprehensive analysis of the state of your next home by seasoned pros. Whether you’re here for commercial, environmental, or residential inspections, we’re here to help.

Home Inspection Checklist

  • – Foundation: We’ll look at window alignment and for signs of sagging to ensure that the property’s foundation concrete doesn’t need any work. 
  • – Safety: Make sure all of your fire alarms and sprinklers work. Also check the condition of your stairs, stair rails, carbon monoxide detectors, and garage door openers.
  • – Grounds: Check the condition of the driveway, for leaks from the septic tank, make sure the property has proper drainage, that the fencing is sturdy, and that the sidewalks are in good shape.
  • – Paint: In general, we’ll make sure that all the surfaces in your house are in good condition, and that they don’t need a paint job.
  • – Electricity: Ensure the wiring is sound, that all of the outlets work, that the circuit breakers are working, that all of the wiring is up to code, and that all of the lights turn on.
  • – Plumbing: Make sure that none of your pipes are leaking, that your shower and sinks are pouring hot and cold water correctly, and that all of the toilets are in working order. 
  • – Attic and Basement: Your home inspector will ensure that your attic and basement have proper insulation, make sure that they’re structurally sound, and check for water damage.
  • – Garage: Check that the foundation is solid in your garage, that your garage’s windows, ceiling, frame, roof, and electrical system are all functioning and up-to-code.
  • – Appliances: Ensure that your washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, fridge, and any other major appliances are in good condition.
  • – Furnace and AC: Inspect your furnace, central ac, water heater, chimney, and fireplace.

Get in Touch With the BrickKicker

If you have any more questions about what is covered in a home inspection, including having your sump pump checked, simply contact us with your specific questions. We look forward to making sure your home is truly worth what you’re paying for it, and helping to prevent you from having headaches down the line. We hope you’ve enjoyed our overview of what is included in a home inspection, and encourage greater Chicago home buyers to check out our blog for more informative reads like how to prepare for a home inspection.

The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 is impacting businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, we’ve built a reputation over the last 30 years of having the highest regards to transparency and reliability, and we’ve been working hard to ensure our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

We have already begun implementing our Business Continuity Plan to ensure The BrickKicker will remain operational throughout the coming weeks and months. To do this while ensuring the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are first asking to leave the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access and take plenty of photos during the inspection and produce a very detailed report full of photos. The reports emailed out within the same day, so there won't need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things even easier, we have waived credit card processing fees for the time being to encourage online or phone payments along with signing our inspection agreement electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or call with any requests or questions you may have.

Thank you,

President
Andrew Fox