Most Professional home inspectors follow a professional standard of practice. It describes what is and is not included in a home inspection. At Mountain Lake Home Inspection we follow the INTERNACHI (the International Association for Certified Home Inspectors) Standards of Practice because they have some of the most widely recognized and rigorous standards in the industry. They also have a robust and active membership of professional home inspectors internationally. Have a look if you want to learn more.
The inspector records his/her/their findings in an inspection report for their clients. Extensive training and experience are essential. Every reasonable, visible and accessible area of a home is evaluated from top to bottom.
Home inspectors aren’t building code inspectors; they perform function and safety inspections to determine the fitness of a property. Clients may ask whether an element of the house meets code, but that’s really a question for the code inspector. We will observe, describe and recommend the parts of the home that don't conform with current local practices. That way we have done our work and you know to get those items addressed
Home inspections cover nearly every element in and around a home. Roofing, exteriors, structural elements, interiors, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning, and most of the components of these are subject to inspection. We take an “Outside-In, Top-Down” approach. This method leads to a more thorough job.
Inspections begin on the outside of the property, walking around the exterior of home. Then they move to the roof down the outside, then the inside from the attic moving down the home finishing in the basement.
A typical home inspection averages about 3.5 hours. Times in the field will vary based on property size, complexity and condition. We generally don’t schedule more than 2 inspections per day which ensures you are getting our full attention.
Post Field Inspection
If we start a field inspection at 8AM we should be finished by Noon. Later that day, you can expect an email link to a highly detailed report. It will include many images and even video clips. It will also include a number of educational tips.