One of the common contingencies to real estate purchase agreements is a
home inspection. Hired by the buyer, the KC KEY certified inspectors will examine your house
thoroughly for non-functioning systems, damages and repairs that may be
needed. Our detailed report (available 24 hours/day right here at kckeysolutions.com) will form the basis for continuing with the
purchase, renegotiating the sale price, allowing the seller to make
repairs or for pulling out of the sale. A home inspection is
recommended on purchases of new construction as well as re-sales and is a
critical component of an escrow timeline.
Our inspections include, but are not limited to the following:
Structural ComponentsA home inspector checks the roof, pokes at the foundation, and
crawls into attic space looking for water condensation or penetration.
Walls are examined for
leakage or mold. Floor cracks are noted, as is separation from the
baseboards. The ceilings, especially around electrical fixtures, must be
clear of any signs of water leakage.
Exterior FaultsClose inspection of the exterior may reveal where additional caulking is
needed to prevent water seepage. Broken seals on glass, deteriorating
tread steps, decking and settlement cracks are a few of the items that
require professional repair. Even the garage door is tested whether it's
electronic or manual.
RoofingThe roof is examined closely for loose shingles or tiles and the
flashing is tested for tightness. Tree limbs touching the house provide a
passageway for rodents and also can threaten the house during violent
storms. Gutter debris is noted, and all drains are tested for a tight
connection to the house. Skylights and chimneys also are examined for
All piping is tested, including drains, vents and waste
systems. Water ingress and egress is examined, as are the interior fuel
and water distributors and the sump pump, if present. All drains are
examined for signs of leakage, mineral deposits and the fitting of
proper filtering apparatus. Inspectors may test the water for bacteria.
ElectricalAll the electrical components are examined to ensure they fit and are
operating safely. Conductors, grounding equipment and distribution
panels are tested for efficient operation. The location of smoke and
carbon monoxide detectors also is noted in the inspection report.
Heating/Air ConditioningThe entire heating and air conditioning system is tested to verify it's
in working condition and the appropriate filters are examined for
accumulation. Supply pipes are examined for corrosion. Chimneys must be
clear of bird nests, and the chimney frame, whether it's brick or made
of other components, is to be sound.
Insulation/VentilationAttic crawl space insulation and vapur retarders are noted on the
inspection report. All venting fans that aren’t working also are
included. Under-floor insulation, if accessible through the basement or crawlspace,
also is examined for deterioration.
Interiors/AppliancesDoors, floors, stairways, counters, cabinetry, and the number of windows
are all cited on the inspection report along with notes on any items
that don't function as they should. This also includes testing of all
interior appliances that are built-in or included in the purchase
Ready for your home inspection? Make an appointment here!