What's Inspected?

What’s Inspected During A Home Inspection?

With Southwest Property Inspections, your property will be carefully and thoroughly inspected. Our home inspections meet or exceed the Standards of Practice as set forth by CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association).

Standards of Practice

A real estate inspection includes the readily accessible systems and components or a representative number of multiple similar components listed below

Foundation, Basement and Under-floor Areas

A. Items to be inspected:
1. Foundation system
2. Floor framing system
3. Under-floor ventilation
4. Foundation anchoring and cripple wall bracing
5. Wood separation from soil
6. Insulation
B. The inspector is not required to:
1. Determine size, spacing, location, or adequacy of foundation bolting/bracing components or reinforcing systems
2. Determine the composition or energy rating of insulation materials

Exterior

A. Items to be inspected:
1. Surface grade directly adjacent to the buildings
2. Doors and windows
3. Attached decks, porches, patios, balconies, stairways, and their enclosures, handrails and guardrails.
4. Wall cladding and trim
5. Portions of walkways and driveways that are adjacent to the buildings
6. Pool or spa drowning prevention features, for the sole purpose of identifying which, if any, are present
B. The inspector is not required to:
1. Inspect door or window screens, shutters, awnings, or security bars
2. Inspect fences or gates or operate automated door or gate openers or their safety devices
3. Use a ladder to inspect systems or components
4. Determine if any pool/spa safety equipment, manufacturers’ design standards or testing is Sufficient or otherwise conforms to regulatory requirements or other applicable standards; determine if any drowning prevention feature of a pool or spa is installed properly or is adequate or effective. Test or operate any drowning prevention feature.

Heating and Cooling

A. Items to be inspected:
1. Heating equipment
2. Central cooling equipment
3. Energy source and connections
4. Combustion air and exhaust vent systems
5. Condensate drainage
6. Conditioned air distribution systems
B. The inspector is not required to:
1. Inspect heat exchangers or electric heating elements
2. Inspect non-central air conditioning units or evaporative coolers
3. Inspect radiant, solar, hydronic, or geothermal systems or components
4. Determine volume, uniformity, temperature, airflow, balance, or leakage of any air
distribution system
5. Inspect electronic air filtering or humidity control systems or components

Attic Areas and Roof Framing

A. Items to be inspected:
1. Framing
2. Ventilation
3. Insulation
B. The inspector is not required to:
1. Inspect mechanical attic ventilation systems or components
2. Determine the composition or energy rating of insulation materials

Plumbing

A. Items to be inspected:
1. Water supply piping
2. Drain, waste, and vent piping
3. Faucets and fixtures
4. Fuel gas piping
5. Water heaters
6. Functional flow and functional drainage
B. The inspector is not required to:
1. Fill any fixture with water, inspect overflow drains or drain-stops, or evaluate back flow devices, waste ejectors, sump pumps, or drain line clean outs
2. Inspect or evaluate water temperature balancing devices, temperature fluctuation, time to obtain hot water, water circulation, or solar heating systems or components
3. Inspect whirlpool baths, steam showers, or sauna systems or components
4. Inspect fuel tanks or determine if the fuel gas system is free of leaks
5. Inspect wells or water treatment systems

Fireplaces and Chimneys

A. Items to be inspected:
1. Chimney exterior
2. Spark arrestor
3. Firebox
4. Damper
5. Hearth extension
B. The inspector is not required to:
1. Inspect chimney interiors
2. Inspect fireplace inserts, seals, or gaskets
3. Operate any fireplace or determine if a fireplace can be safely used

Roof Covering

A. Items to be inspected:
1. Covering
2. Drainage
3. Flashings
4. Penetrations
5. Skylights
B. The inspector is not required to:
1. Walk on the roof surface if in the opinion of the Inspector there is risk of damage or a hazard to the Inspector
2. Warrant or certify that roof systems, coverings, or components are free from leakage

Electrical

A. Items to be inspected:
1. Service equipment
2. Electrical panels
3. Circuit wiring
4. Switches, receptacles, outlets, and lighting fixtures
B. The inspector is not required to:
1. Operate circuit breakers or circuit interrupters
2. Remove cover plates
3. Inspect de-icing systems or components
4. Inspect private or emergency electrical supply systems or components

Building Interior

A. Items to be inspected:
1. Walls, ceilings, and floors
2. Doors and windows
3. Stairways, handrails, and guardrails
4. Permanently installed cabinets
5. Permanently installed cook-tops, mechanical range vents, ovens, dishwashers, and food waste disposals
6. Absence of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
7. Vehicle doors and openers
B. The inspector is not required to:
1. Inspect window, door, or floor coverings
2. Determine whether a building is secure from unauthorized entry
3. Operate, test or determine the type of smoke or carbon monoxide alarms or test vehicle door safety devices
4. Use a ladder to inspect systems or components