I want to introduce you to my home inspection company, PrimeSpec Consulting, LLC. I have been inspecting houses in the Phoenix area for the last 10 years and have worked in the building trades industry for over 25 years. I thoroughly enjoy inspecting homes and working with buyers and agents. As the owner and inspector of my company, I have a strong emphasis on the quality and integrity of my work.
My detailed home inspection report was developed with input from many buyers and agents. I use icons and pictures to identify the differences between major defects, safety, and typical maintenance issues. This gives you, the buyer and your agent a comprehensive assessment of the home in a clear and easy to understand format. My home inspection goes beyond the state’s requirements and what many home inspectors provide (for example, lighting gas appliances in vacant houses, inspecting lawn sprinkler systems, fencing, gates, etc). These items and many more are included at no additional cost. I will review the findings with you and your agent at the end of the inspection and email the written home report on the same day.
I would be honored if you would consider me for your home inspection needs. I am confident that my knowledge and experience will help provide peace of mind on your investment. I invite you to call me at 480-570-5615 or click here if you have any questions.
How I perform my Home Inspections
I thought I would share with you how I perform my home inspections. I often get asked, “How do you get so much inspected in just a couple hours?” The short answer is doing the same thing in the same order for every home inspection. That way I don’t forget anything and am not jumping back and forth.
The first thing I do is take general pictures of the house for the report.
This not only gives the customers pictures of the house but it also lets me take a general look at the house. I look for things like stains in the ceilings that might indicate a roof or plumbing leak; cracks in the drywall indicating structural issues; does the walls, floors, cabinets, tubs have hole or damage indicating the house has not been well maintained. This is just a quick look and the interior will be fully inspected near end of the inspection.
The general walk through is followed by the roof inspection.
On the roof I am not only looking at the roofing material but also the flashings, vents, roof drainage provisions, fireplace chimneys, and HVAC systems if installed on the roof. If I noticed stains in the ceiling during the general walk through, I investigate the area above the stain looking for damage or any indication of past repairs.
Then I head into the attic.
Many newer houses in the phoenix area have the HVAC systems here. If the HVAC system is in the attic I check them 1st along with the duct work. I next look at the roof framing and roof decking. I am not only looking for damage but also stain indicating leaks. Then I take a look at the insulation for proper coverage and depth. I look back through one more time looking at electrical lines, plumbing, venting etc.
The next area I inspect during the home inspection is the exterior of the house.
I will start at one side of the house and inspect all the way around the house. As I come across things like the main plumbing shutoff, electrical panel, HVAC units I inspected them. I will note the difference between typical cosmetic damage like minor cracks or holes in the stucco and major concerns like structural cracks and water damage. I am one of the few inspectors that inspect the lawn sprinkler systems. Most homes out here have them and many of them have problems. Although the state does not require it, I also take a look at the condition of the fencing, gates, built in barbecues and water features as part of my standard home inspection.
The Inspection of the garage is next.
I will inspect the automatic garage door opener for proper operation including the proper operation of the reversing features. I will take a general look at the walls, floors and ceilings. I make sure the proper fire separation is installed between the house and the garage. This typical includes the garage walls between the house, attic and garage. The door between the house and garage should be metal or a solid core door. The door must also self close and latch for safety. Typically the water heater is installed in the garage so I inspect that next.
Now it’s time to fire up the laptop and put in the entire house “styles and materials”.
This includes things like the type of foundation and roof framing; is the exterior walls stucco, concrete block or hardboard; is the roof tile or shingles; size and age of the water heater and HVAC equipment; etc. I do not put down any problems I find. This would typically take too much time and I want to get back to inspecting the house.
If the house has a pool I will inspect that next, if not I start inspecting the interior of the house.
I will start in the Kitchen checking all the plumbing and appliances. I will then start on the wall to the right or left of the Kitchen and start working my way around the house. I will test outlets and light switches in every room. I test the windows and doors for damage and proper operation. I do a more detailed inspection of the walls, ceilings and floors than I did at the original walk through. I inspect all the plumbing fixtures throughout the house. Every sink, tub, shower and toilet is inspected for leaks and damage. By the time I get back to the kitchen the house is completely inspected.
I will put all the pictures I took during the inspection and load them onto the computer for the review.
Typically the client and their agent show up at the end of the inspection to review my findings. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to review the house conditions. I go over the good and not so good thinks observed during the home inspection. This gives the client a chance to ask questions and go take a look at something I found that might be a concern to them. I will typically have the fully typed home inspection report emailed to them by the end of the day.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of the home inspection process and what the inspector is doing during the inspection.
I am available to inspect your home 7 days a week.
For a personalized service, please call me to schedule an appointment at 480-570-5615
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