Verispec Inspection Services provides you with an honest assessment of the property being evaluated. You can rest assured you have a full inspection that examines the important aspects of the property. Our reports provide you with a summarized, concise, easy-to-navigate format with a detailed evaluation.
In addition to Home Inspections, we also provide Structural Inspections. Structural Inspections help to further assess the safety and integrity of a structure and provide recommendations for remediation. At Verispec, we feel this gives us an advantage over our competition and provides greater value to our clients.
What is the difference between a Structural Inspection and a Home Inspection?
|Home Inspection||Structural Inspection|
|Carried out by:||Certified Home Inspector||Structural Engineer|
|Governing Body/Association||State Licensing, ASHI, or NACHI||State’s engineering licensing board|
|What the inspection assesses:||The overall condition and safety of the systems, including electrical, plumbing, heating, and HVAC.
This also includes a visual inspection of the visible structural components of the house.
|The structural integrity and safety of the property’s foundation, walls, floors, and roof.|
|Time taken to receive report||24-48 hours||Up to 5 days|
A Home Inspection is carried out by a Certified Home Inspector who is governing by state licensing, ASHI, or NACHI. This type of inspection assesses the overall condition and safety of the systems, including electrical, plumbing, heating and HVAC. It also includes a visual inspection of the visible structural components of the house. You can expect a report within 24-48 hours.
A Structural Inspection is performed by a Structural Engineer who is governed by the state’s engineering licensing board. This type of inspection assesses the structural integrity and safety of the property’s foundation, walls, floors, and roof. It can take up to 10 days to receive a report.
What does a home inspection include?
Home inspection requirements vary greatly from state to state and this Standards of Practice outlines minimum and uniform standards that you should expect from an inspection. Some of the areas inspected are:
- Structural elements: Construction of visible foundation, evidence of sagging or bowing of the structure, floors and floor framing, walls, ceilings, stairs, drainage systems and window alignment.
- Safety: Operating fire and carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, condition of stairs, hand and guardrails, and garage door openers.
- Grounds: Leaks from septic tank, proper drainage, and condition of the house’s driveways, fences and sidewalks.
- Roof: Condition of shingles, any repairs/patches to flat roofs, clear vents, damage to chimneys, and properly working gutters.
- Exterior surfaces: Correct clearance between ground and siding material, condition of exterior paint or siding and properly working lights and electrical outlets.
- Attic: Sufficient insulation, proper ventilation, and any sign of leaking or water damage
- Interior plumbing: No damaged or leaking pipes, proper hot water temperature, as well as functioning toilets, sinks, bathtubs and showers.
- Electrical system: Up-to-code condition and type of visible wiring, and proper function of circuit breakers, outlets, light fixtures and fans.
- Appliances: Proper function of built-in and free standing appliances (stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer and all other appliances).
- Heating and cooling systems: Condition of furnace, air conditioning (temperature permitting), water heater, chimney and fireplace.
- Basement: Solid foundation, walls, and floors, with no signs of water intrusion or damage.
- Garage: Solid foundation, windows, ceiling, framing, roof condition, working garage door opener, up-to-code electrical system and proper functioning outlets.
- Insulation and ventilation: Insulation in unfinished attic and foundation areas, kitchen, bath, laundry venting systems and the presence of ventilation fans.
What is Not Inspected?
Below is a list of areas that are not typically covered by a home inspection. If you have any concerns in these areas, contact a certified specialist in that area.
- Pest control
- Swimming pools
- Radon gas
- Venting equipment with household appliances
- Indoor air quality
- The presence of lead paint
- Toxic mold
What does a Structural Inspection include?
A structural inspection provides an assessment of a home’s structural safety and integrity. During a Structural Inspection, a Structural Engineer:
- Examines load-bearing elements—foundation, floor slabs, walls, trusses, beams columns/post, etc.
- Processes and Analyzes.
- Determines how severely the home has moved and any noticeable stressed elements.
- Reports the findings and recommends needed repairs.
The inspection is performed when a property owner/buyer has questions about the structural integrity of a building and/or has observed potential defects. This could entail an analysis of the whole structure or an examination of one specific component of the building. Some reasons to hire a structural engineer:
- Structural Movement, Settlement
- Ceiling or Wall Cracks
- Foundation, Bowing Walls, Cracks, Upheaval or Sinking
- Storm Damage
- Drainage Issues on a Property
- Alteration of weight-bearing components due to remodeling
- Accidental damage of structural components
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