This part of the home inspection is extremely important, as structural defects can be very costly to repair.
During the structure inspection, our home inspector will carefully observe and note the conditions of all visible structural components of the property such as the foundation, floors, walls, columns, beams, ceilings and roof. We will also access the attic and crawl space to further inspect the structural integrity of the house. Our home inspector will look at whether or not there are signs of water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal condensation on the main building structural components as well as any signs of deterioration.
Depending on the age of your property, it is uncommon to find a foundation without small cracks or some deterioration. We will inform you if the cracks are minor and were simply a result caused by the normal curing process or settling of the house or major and will necessitate further investigation by a foundation specialist.
All of the observations made will be described in detail in the inspection report. If any defects are found, their severity and implications will be provided and further recommendations regarding the timeframe needed for their repair will also be included.