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Structural Inspection

Q. What is a 'Structural Inspection'?

A. A Structural Inspection is an examination of the present physical condition of a home, townhouse, condominium, or other residential or commercial structure and it's associated support systems. This inspection will leverage knowledge, training and experience to look deeper than the surface to provide insights for customers that they would not otherwise easily obtain. A home inspection may take as little as two hours, but the impact of the findings may last for years.

Fast reporting:  Assessment of significant findings will be given to you onsite and your written report, including digital photography, will be available typically within 24 hours.  Click here to see a sample Residential Structural Inspection Report. Sample Residential Inspection Report.pdf.  

Seasoned homeowners can quickly get the answers and assurances they need.

First time homeowners will appreciate the level of detail and explanation of systems in the home.

Written reports of Termite Inspection and Septic Testing available onsite. 

Results for Water and Radon testing are available after laboratory processing. 

Flexible and convenient

I'll work around your schedule - including Saturdays and Sundays.

Choose standard or custom-tailored reporting. 

Price consideration are offered for multiple testing and inspections.

I also offer my 'Quick Tips' series to help my clients understand specific findings and their remedies.  Click here to see a 'Quick Tip' sheet: Ice Dam - QT.pdf   (To view PDF files, you will need Acrobat Reader, free from Adobe at www.adobe.com)


Key Features of the Inspection (not an exhaustive list)

I'll check on the following areas: (Click on the stars to expand list contents)

  • Roof    
    • Exterior view (click to expand)
      • Age
      • Condition
      • Number of layers
    • Flashing (if visible)
    • Drainage
    • Interior/Attic view (click to expand)
      • Signs of prior/current leaks
      • Insulation/Winterization
      • Rafters/Collars/Joists
      • Structural stress
    • Ventilation (click to expand)
      • Function
      • Adequacy
    • Equipment (click to expand)
      • Skylights
      • Penetrations
      • Chimneys

  • Exterior

    • Covering/Cladding
    • Flashing/Trim
    • Windows
    • Doors
    • Decks/Balconies/Patios
    • Eaves/Soffits/Fascias
    • Vegetation, Grading, Drainage
    • Driveways, Walkways and Retaining Walls (With respect to their effect on the condition of the building)
  • Foundation
    • Settlement/Stability
    • Cracks/Displacement
    • Moisture/Water Intrusion
    • Columns/Piers
  • Interiors
    • Walls/Floors/Ceilings
    • Doors/Windows (representative samples)
    • Stairs/Landings
    • Balconies/Railings/Steps
    • Counters/Cabinets/Closets
    • Appliances/Systems
    • Kitchen/Bedroom/Bathrooms/Family Room/etc.
    • Evidence of rodents or other vermin
  • Electrical
    • Wiring type and composition
    • Polarity/Lack of Grounding
    • Receptacles and outlets (representative sample)
    • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Protection and Shock Hazards
    • Circuit Panel (click to expand)
      • Total Amperage
      • Presence of Aluminum branch wiring
      • Room for expansion
      • Over-current devices
      • Improper/Incompatible wiring
  • Plumbing
    • Supply and distribution
    • Faucets and Fixtures
    • Main supply and shut-off
    • Waste and septic
  • Heating/Cooling1.
    • Operation
    • Fuel supply/Power Source
    • Venting/Chimney
    • Safety controls
  • Optional Areas
    • Pools/Spas
    • Outbuildings
    • Sprinkler Systems
    • Outdoor cooking equipment
    • Fire protection equipment
    • Wells & Filter systems

1. In keeping with industry practices and in order to prevent the possibility of damaging a compressor, air conditioners may not be operated when the temperature has been below 65 degrees Fahrenheit within the previous 24 hours.

I'll work hard for you so that you can feel confident with your purchasing decision. 


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Telephone: 845-224-6920
Postal address: 116 Judith Drive, Stormville NY 12582  
Last modified: May 30, 2013