We are here to help you with your home, new construction, commercial, seller, pre-listing, home warranty and foreclosure inspections. We provide a commercial property inspection or an assessment using the ASTM E-2018 Standards. Our commercial inspectors are certified and have the training and experience needed for all types of commercial properties. Click here for a view of some of the home inspections and commercial property inspections that we have inspected.
WHAT WE CHECK DURING A HOME INSPECTION
The Exterior - An exterior inspection will include a visual assessment of decks, balconies, eaves, soffits and fascia's. Our inspectors will look at the grading of the land around the house for obvious drainage problems, and check walkways and driveways for apparent deterioration or safety concerns. He will also visually inspect vegetation surrounding the house for obvious problems such as the intrusion of roots near the foundation or buried utilities or overgrowth that might promote excess humidity or contribute to security issues. Electric garage door openers should be checked to confirm they are in compliance with current safety standards. The exterior inspection is not expected to include outbuildings or fences.
The Structure - Your Total Care inspector will inspect entry ways, foundations, siding and porches looking for such symptoms of trouble as sagging roof lines, gaps in or damage to the siding, porches pulling away from the building, obvious signs of rot or insect damage, settlement, certain types of cracks in foundations. Inspectors will usually probe the cill or rim and framing where it is exposed, to test for soft or hollow spots caused by rot or pests.
Roofing - Some inspectors will get up on any roof, some will tackle low slopes, and others rely on binoculars to check portions of the roof visible from the ground or will inspect lower parts of roofs from upper floor windows. We may use a drone for the photos depending on the slop of the roof. The age of a roof might be as good an indicator of its condition as an actual visual check and a good inspector can usually estimate the real life of a 20 or 25 year roof in a given climate or on a particular type of construction. Where safely possible, an inspector should also report on roof drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations for vents and flues.
Electrical System - The inspector should check for over current protections, grounding, and the presence of any aluminum wiring (a serious fire hazard and banned for many years in most states). Most inspectors remove the face of the electrical box if it is safe to do so. The inspector should also check a representative number of switches and outlets in the house and note the adequacy of smoke detectors if the state does not require a separate inspection by the local fire department before the deed transfers.
Plumbing - An inspection should consist of testing the interior water supply and distribution system including water pressure, water heating equipment (estimating age and approximate time to replacement) and the appropriateness of vents, flues, and chimneys. Most inspectors will flush toilets to check for leaks and run all faucets to assess water pressure and the immediacy and volume of available hot water.
Heating and A/C Systems - No matter the time of year the furnace should be tested by turning up the thermostat and checking the response. Air conditioning cannot be checked if the ambient outdoor temperature is below a certain point. If the energy source is oil an inspector will check the condition of the tank and any visible lines running from the tank to the furnace.
Ventilation - Poor ventilation can lead to rot, mold, poor air quality or excessive energy consumption. An inspector should check insulation and vapor barriers in unfinished areas of the attic and in the foundation area and look for the presence and operation of any mechanical ventilation systems in the attic and other high humidity areas such as kitchens and bath.
Appliances - An inspector will usually run a dishwasher through a full cycle and will check stove burners and oven to make sure each is operating properly. If other appliances such as washer, dryer, or microwave are to be included in the purchase these will also be checked to make sure they are at least in operating condition.
Fireplaces - Fireplaces, particularly in older homes, are a frequent source of problems. Inspectors should check for the integrity of the flue, proper draft, any blockages in the chimney and will visually inspect, as much as possible, the exterior of the chimney for damage to bricks, pointing, and flashing.
Home Interior - An inspection should include a visual scan of floors, walls and ceilings for signs of water intrusion, or sagging. Stairways and railings will be checked for safety and code compliance and a sample of windows and doors inspected for condition and ease of operation. ASCI suggests that inspectors look at countertops and a representative number of the kitchen cabinet interiors and drawers for condition and integrity. The basement should be checked for indications of previous water intrusion in addition to signs of structural problems.
We are proud to be serving all of the Cleveland, Ohio area and the surrounding cities.
Our inspectors perform commercial and home inspections in the following cities:
Bay Village 44140, Beachwood 44122, Bedford 44146, Berea 44017, Brecksville 44141, Broadview Heights 44147, Brook Park 44142, Chagrin Falls 44022, Cleveland 44102, Cleveland 44103, Cleveland 44104, Cleveland 44105, Cleveland 44106, Cleveland 44108, Cleveland 44109, Cleveland 44110, Cleveland 44111, Cleveland 44112, Cleveland 44113, Cleveland 44114, Cleveland 44115, Cleveland 44118, Cleveland 44119, Cleveland 44120, Cleveland 44121, Cleveland 44124, Cleveland 44125, Cleveland 44126, Cleveland 44127, Cleveland 44128, Cleveland 44129, Cleveland 44130, Cleveland 44134, Cleveland 44135, Cleveland 44143, Cleveland 44144, Cleveland 44199, Euclid 44117, Euclid 44123, Euclid 44132, Gates Mills 44040, Independence 44131, Lakewood 44107, Maple Heights 44137, North Olmsted 44070,North Royalton 44133, Olmsted Falls 44138, Rocky River 44116, Solon 44139, Strongsville 44136, Strongsville 44149, Westlake 44145, Brunswick 44212, Hinckley 44233, Litchfield 44253, Lodi 44254, Medina 44256, Seville 44273, Spencer 44275, Valley City 44280, Wadsworth 44281, Amherst 44001 Avon 44011 Avon Lake 44012, Columbia Station 44028, Elyria 44035, Grafton 44044, Lagrange 44050, Lorain 44052, Lorain 44053, Lorain 44055, North Ridgeville 44039, Oberlin 44074, Sheffield Lake 44054, Wellington 44090, Eastlake 44095, Madison 44057, Mentor 44060, Painesville 44077, Perry 44081, Wickliffe 44092, Willoughby 44094, Copley 44321, Cuyahoga Falls 44221, Cuyahoga Falls 44223, Fairlawn 44333, Hudson 44236, Macedonia 44056, Mogadore 44260, Munroe Falls 44262, Northfield 44067, Peninsula 44264, Richfield 44286, Stow 44224, Tallmadge 44278, Twinsburg 44087, Uniontown 44685