General Home Inspection
All inspections at King County Inspections are performed by an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector and follow the InterNACHI and state of Washington Standards of Practice. We visually inspect the following structures and components as part of our Home Inspections:
- Foundation and Crawl Space
- Grading and Drainage
- Attic, Ventilation, and Insulation
- Interior Walls, Ceilings, Floors, and Doors
- Exterior Windows, Glazing, Doors, and Wall Coverings
- Fireplace and Chimney
- Balcony, Porch, and Deck
- Electrical Systems
- Plumbing Systems
- Built-In Appliances
Building any structure from the ground up requires the coordination and cooperation of many trades and workers. A mistake by anyone at any step of the construction process can result in defects that cost the homeowner money down the line. Scheduling one of our New Construction inspections prior to your final walkthrough with the contractor can ensure that any problems caused by poor workmanship or low-quality materials are corrected by the contractor before they become an expensive repair.
New Construction Phase Inspections
Our phase inspections give us the opportunity to evaluate and report during the ongoing construction process. These inspections are performed at three points or more if needed during construction. We perform our first inspection before the concrete is placed to make sure that the building’s foundation is up to the local building standards. The second inspection is usually completed after the framing is complete with all of the mechanicals installed and before interior walls and insulation are installed. The third inspection happens after the house has been insulated. This will also provide the opportunity to see if any frame and mechanical corrections were made prior to covering up the walls as well as inspecting the insulation.
11th Month / Builder’s Warranty Inspections
Some defects are only visible after time and the seasons have had a chance to affect the home. We recommend scheduling one of our 11th Month Inspections to ensure that no new defects have been exposed since the final walkthrough. This will allow clients to have the builder make the repairs to correct any defects before the one-year warranty they provide on many materials and work can expire. Otherwise, this would leave the financial burden for any repairs on the homeowner. Many customers equate this process to having your automobile inspected just before the factory warranty expires, which usually is a very good idea!
Our 4-Point Inspections involve a non-invasive visual assessment of the four most vital systems in any structure. These inspections are often required by insurance companies for older homes to ensure that these systems are in working order. During a 4-Point Inspection, we will assess both the condition and age of the roof, plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems.
Loan Draw Inspections
Loan Draw Inspections are typically required by lenders to ensure that the terms that were agreed upon when the loan was originally issued are being followed during the construction. We will inspect the materials in use during construction and evaluate the construction’s adherence to the agreed timeline. This inspection helps mitigate risk to the lender and also prevents interruption of the work by making sure that the construction is complying with the loan’s conditions.
It is vitally important to follow up on the repairs to any defects found during the original home inspection. Scheduling a Re-Inspection with us will allow us to examine the work to make sure that the original defects were performed correctly and that no new issues have emerged during the repair process.