5 Point Inspection:
A 5 Point Inspection is a modified home inspection that covers only the five major systems of the home. These systems include Plumbing, Electrical Panel, Heating and Air Conditioning, Structural (foundation and attic) and Roof.
This type of inspection works well for those folks who are only interested in the major systems within a structure and who are not as concerned with cosmetic or superficial issues. This is an excellent inspection for investors or professional real estate buyers who are already planning on improving the buildings cosmetics but would like to limit their liabilities upon resale or with tenant occupied units.
The plumbing includes identification and inspection of materials of the visible and accessible supply lines within the structure. All pipes are not visible as they are within the walls.
All visible and accessible gas lines and gas meter will be inspected.
The water pressure will be taken if an acceptable area is accessible to the inspector.
A free infrared scan of any suspect area is included.
Testing of water fixtures and shower pan integrity is not included but can be added for an additional fee.
2. Electrical Panel
The Electrical Panel and any existing remote / sub panels are visually evaluated for any deficiencies in regard to the wiring and breaker system within the panels.
A free infrared scan is also included in this inspection. This thermo scan can identify any hot spots in the wiring or breakers not visible to the naked eye.
Testing of outlets and switches is not included but can be added for an additional fee.
3. HVAC Inspection
The heating system which typically consists of a furnace is inspected if accessible.
The Air conditioning system which typically includes a condensing coil is inspected if accessible.
Package units are inspected if accessible.
Accessible ducts and registers are also inspected and tested for operation using normal controls (thermostat) present.
Calculations to determine the proper size and efficiency of the system for the home is not included.
4. Structural Inspection
The attic is inspected if accessible. Many of the framing components are visible in the attic.
The raised foundation is inspected if accessible. Many framing components are present in this area.
The visible slab foundation is inspected if not covered by soil, concrete, occupant’s belongings or other factors.
5. Roof Inspection
The inspector will walk the roof if safely accessible, if not the roof will be inspected from all accessible areas using a ladder and with high powered binoculars. We do this every day and have specific methods for doing this.
The inspector will identify the type and approximate age and condition of the roof covering materials.
The inspector will inspect the visible flashings and vents associated with the roof system.