Buyer Home Inspections

Buyer Home Inspections
A home inspection is essentially a visual and non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. This is carried out by a home inspector, who has special equipment and training to carry out such inspections. An inspector will check the items listed below and many other aspects of the home looking for improper building practices, those items that require extensive repairs, items that are general maintenance issues, as well as some fire and safety issues. Any significant defects, safety concerns, or adverse conditions identified by the inspector will require further evaluation by a specialist, such as a roofer, plumber, electrician, etc. The subsequent home inspection report is a comprehensive document covering the following components:

  • Exterior
  • Site
  • Roof
  • Fireplace & Stoves
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Interior Components
  • Attics
  • Crawlspace
  • Insulation & Ventilation
  • Attached Garages – Carports

Types of inspections

  • Buyer’s Full House Inspection
  • Seller’s Pre-Listing Inspection
  • One Year Warranty Inspection
  • EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) Inspection
  • Construction Progress Inspection

Buyers Full House Inspection

The inspection takes approximately three hours, but can vary due to the extent of problems or accessibility to components. At the conclusion of the visual inspection, the inspector reviews any issues with the client and answers any questions that arise. Reports are generated that day or the next morning at the latest, and sent via email.

One Year Warranty Inspection

New home construction comes with a one year warranty provided by the builder. In some cases a longer warranty may be provided. At the end of the warranty period, a home inspection should be performed to determine if there are any covered components that should be repaired or replaced by the builder before the expiration of the warranty period.

EIFS (Exterior Insulation & Finish System) Inspection

What is EIFS?

EIFS stands for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems, also known as synthetic stucco. This system was introduced into the United States in 1969 by Dryvit Corporation, and is principally a marriage of two modern materials, polymers and polystyrene.

What is the difference between EIFS and Stucco?

The typical EIFS installation is comprised of:

EIFS and Stucco

  • Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
  • Mesh
  • Basecoat
  • Finish coat

Stucco is a Portland cement based plaster, which is usually applied in two steps, the basecoat and hard coat finish.

Both systems have advantages and disadvantages:

EIFS systems cannot be visually inspected alone, it is a specialized inspection requiring specialized equipment such as a TRAMEX wet wall detector. I am a certified EIFS inspector.

Home Inspections Serving the Following Cities

Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Stevenson, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Ridgefield, Woodland, La Center, Kalama, Longview, Kelso