ELEMENTS OF AN CHAMPION INSPECTION

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Elements of a Home Inspection
 

ELEMENTS OF AN INSPECTION

This diagram is for information purposes only and includes components that can likely not be seen during a visual home inspection.

GRAVEL

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the gravel and the condition of the following components:

  1. Base for driveway not visible for inspection.

 

SOIL

Your Champion Inspector will review the soil and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper slope

  2. Depressions

  3. Wood to earth contact etc.

 

ASPHALT DRIVEWAY

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the asphalt driveway and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper slope

  2. Damage

  3. Settlement

  4. Trip hazards etc.

 

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SIDEWALK

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the sidewalk and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper slope

  2. Damage

  3. Trip hazards

  4. Settlement, etc.

 

GARAGE DOOR

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the garage door and the condition of the following components:

  1. Loose/damaged hardware

  2. Operation

  3. Safety reverse if present

 

GUTTER

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the gutter and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper slope

  2. Damage

  3. Rust

  4. Downspout extensions

  5. Deferred maintenance etc.

 

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ROOF/WALL FLASHING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the roof/wall flashing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Rust

  2. Proper installation

 

WINDOW SILL

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the window sill and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper slope

  2. Deterioration

  3. Caulking etc.

 

WINDOW MUNTIN

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the window muntin and the condition of the following components:

  1. Deterioration

  2. Damage

  3. Glazing

 

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WINDOW FRAME

Your Champion Inspector will review the window frame and the condition of the following components:

  1. Damage

  2. Deterioration

  3. Caulking

  4. Operation

  5. Deferred maintenance

 

WINDOWPANE

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the window pane and the condition of the following components:

  1. Cracked or damaged windowpanes

  2. Breached seals

  3. Safety glass where required

 

SHUTTER

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the shutter and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper operation

  2. Deterioration

  3. Installation

 

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DORMER FLASHING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the dormer flashing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Rust

  2. Leaking

  3. Proper installation

 

WOOD SIDING (HORIZONTAL)

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the horizontal wood siding and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper installation

  2. Wood deterioration

  3. Deferred maintenance, etc

 

APRON FLASHING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the apron flashing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Rust

  2. Proper installation

 

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COUNTERFLASHING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the counter flashing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper installation

  2. Rusting and other signs of leaking

 

GABLE DORMER

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the gable dormer and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper flashings

  2. Correct installation of siding

  3. Signs of water penetration

  4. Proper construction

 

CHIMNEY CAP

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the chimney cap and the condition of the following components:

  1. Missing parts

  2. Damaged parts

  3. Improper installation

  4. Deterioration

  5. Spalling

  6. Sealing

 

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CLAY FLUE LINER

Your Champion Inspector will review the clay flue liner and the condition of the following components:

  1. Limited review.

  2. Cracked flue liners

  3. Creosote buildup

  4. Blockage

  5. Spalling

 

SPARK ARRESTOR

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the spark arrestor and the condition of the following components:

  1. a. Proper installation

  2. Rusting

  3. Damage

 

DOWNSPOUT

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the downspout and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper connection

  2. Damage

 

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VALLEY FLASHING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the valley flashing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Wear

  2. Deterioration

  3. Proper installation

 

PLUMBING STACK FLASHING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the plumbing stack flashing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper installation

  2. Leakage

  3. Deterioration

 

PLUMBING STACK

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the plumbing stack and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper height

  2. Damage

  3. Flashing condition

 

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POWER ROOF VENT

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the power roof vent and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper installation

  2. Function

  3. Leaks, etc.

 

SKYLIGHT FLASHING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the skylight flashing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper installation

  2. Visible leaks

  3. Damage

  4. Rust

 

SKYLIGHT

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the skylight and the condition of the following components:

  1. Damage/cracks or leaks at flashings

  2. Condition of glass

  3. Signs of leakage

 

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ROOF VENT

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the roof vent and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper installation

  2. Flashing

  3. Damage

  4. Restricted airflow

 

UNDERLAYMENT (FELT PAPER)

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the underlayment (felt paper) and the condition of the following components:

  1. Located below roof covering

  2. Unable to view during the inspection.

 

ROOF SHEATHING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the roof sheathing and the condition of the following components:

Inspected from the attic for

  1. Moisture

  2. Stains

  3. Damage

  4. Proper spacing

  5. Delamination, etc.

 

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CEILING JOIST (WHERE VISIBLE)

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the ceiling joist (where visible) and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper connections

  2. Damage

  3. Cracking

  4. Splitting etc.

 

INSULATION

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the insulation and the condition of the following components:

  1. Insulation in recommended locations.

 

ROOF RAFTER

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the roof rafter and the condition of the following components:

  1. Splitting

  2. Sagging

  3. Improper notching etc.

 

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COLLAR TIE

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the collar tie and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper connections

  2. Damage

  3. Cracking

  4. Splitting etc.

 

LOOKOUT RAFTER

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the lookout rafter and the condition of the following components:

  1. Not visible to the inspector during a general home inspection

 

CHIMNEY LINER (METAL)

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the chimney liner (metal) and the condition of the following components:

  1. Usually a limited visual review.

  2. Inspected exterior for signs of damage/disconnections

 

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STUD (GABLE WALL)

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the stud (gable wall) and the condition of the following components:

  1. Limited inspection

  2. Only visible in unfinished areas

 

RIDGE BOARD

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the ridge board and the condition of the following components:

Inspected from the attic for:

  1. Cracking

  2. Splitting

  3. Insect damage

  4. Wood deterioration

 

WALL SHEATHING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the wall sheathing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Limited review.

  2. Normally not visible to inspector due to exterior covering.

 

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METAL SIDING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the metal siding and the condition of the following components:

  1. Damage

  2. Proper installation

  3. Loose pieces, etc.

  4. Inspect and describe the exterior wall covering.

 

FASCIA BOARD

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the fascia board and the condition of the following components:

  1. Moisture damage and deterioration

  2. Proper connections

  3. Inspect the exterior wall coving, flashings and trim

 

TOP PLATE

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the top plate and the condition of the following components:

  1. Moisture damage/deterioration

  2. Inspect the structural components including foundation and framing

 

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WOOD LINTEL

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the wood lintel and the condition of the following components:

  1. Moisture damage/deterioration

  2. Inspect the exterior wall coving, flashings and trim

 

FELT PAPER

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the felt paper and the condition of the following components:

  1. Usually not visible

  2. Inspection of the underside of the roof deck for signs of moisture or damage

 

INSULATION (WHERE VISIBLE)

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the insulation (where visible) and the condition of the following components:

  1. Coverage at occupied areas

  2. Inspect and describe the insulation in unfinished spaces

 

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JACK STUD

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the jack stud and the condition of the following components:

  1. Damage

  2. Deterioration

  3. Movement, etc.

 

FIREBOX

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the firebox and the condition of the following components:

  1. Damage

  2. Damper operation

  3. Creosote buildup

  4. Inspect and describe the fireplace system and components

 

MANTEL

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the mantel and the condition of the following components:

  1. Signs of pyrolysis

  2. Firebox back drafting

  3. Inspect and describe the fireplace system and components

 

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HEARTH

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the hearth and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper construction

  2. Signs of back drafting

  3. Inspect and describe the fireplace system and components

 

EXTERIOR LIGHT FIXTURE

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the exterior light fixture and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper and safe operation and installation.

  2. Inspect a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles

 

FLOOR FINISH

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the floor finish and the condition of the following components:

  1. Signs of damage

 

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SUB-FLOOR

Your Champion Inspector will review the sub-floor and the condition of the following components:

  1. Moisture damage/deterioration

  2. Sagging

 

AIR CONDITIONER CONDENSER

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the air conditioner condenser and the condition of the following components:

  1. Safe and proper operation

  2. Using normal operating controls

  3. Inspect and describe the central and through-wall cooling equipment

 

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the electrical outlets and the condition of the following components:

  1. Tested for proper wire connections and operation

  2. Inspect a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles

 

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DECK BOARDS

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the deck boards and the condition of the following components:

  1. Damage and deterioration

  2. Trip or safety issues

  3. Inspect attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings

 

DECK BEAM

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the deck beam and the condition of the following components:

  1. Damage

  2. Sagging

  3. Improper notching etc.

  4. Inspect attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings

 

DECK PIER

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the deck pier and the condition of the following components:

  1. Damage

  2. Deterioration

  3. Inspect attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings

 

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HOSE BIB

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the hose bib and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper operation and flow

 

 

LEDGER-BOARD

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the ledger-board and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper installation

  2. Damage

  3. Deterioration

  4. Inspect the structural components including foundation and framing

 

DUCT-WORK

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the duct-work and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper connections/insulation

  2. Airflow

  3. Inspect and describe the central, through-wall cooling equipment and heating equipment

 

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FURNACE

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the furnace and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper and safe operation

  2. Excessive rust

  3. Scale

  4. Condition of filter etc.

  5. Inspect and describe the installed heating equipment, vent systems, flues, and chimneys

 

GRAVEL

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the gravel and the condition of the following components:

  1. Base for slab not visible for inspection

 

FOUNDATION

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the foundation and the condition of the following components:

  1. Damage movement etc.

  2. Inspect and describe the foundation and framing

 

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FOOTING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the footing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Unable to view

  2. Property components (exterior walls, doors, windows) for signs of movement, etc

  3. Inspect the structural components including foundation and framing

 

GRAVEL LAYER

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the gravel layer and the condition of the following components:

  1. Base for slab/footings not visible for inspection

 

BASEMENT FLOOR SLAB

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the basement floor slab and the condition of the following components:

  1. Cracking

  2. Evidence of leaking

  3. Settlement

 

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SUMP PIT

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the sump pit and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper cover

  2. Debris

  3. Condition

  4. Inspect the drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping

 

SUMP PUMP

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the sump pump and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper operation/installation/drainage

  2. Inspect the drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping

 

BRIDGING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the bridging and the condition of the following components:

  1. Verify bridging is provided and properly installed

 

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DRYWALL

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the drywall and the condition of the following components:

  1. Damage

  2. Signs of movement

  3. Moisture stains etc.

  4. Inspect the walls, ceilings, and floors

 

DOOR (BI-FOLD)

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the door (bi-fold) and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper operation

  2. Loose/missing hardware

  3. Inspect representative number of doors and windows

 

PERIMETER DRAIN TILE

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the perimeter drain tile and the condition of the following components:

  1. Normally underground and not visible to inspect

  2. Inspect the vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls on the property when any of these are likely to adversely affect the building

 

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FOUNDATION WATERPROOFING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the foundation waterproofing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Unable to view (usually underground)

  2. Areas around the foundation for efflorescence or water entry

 

BOTTOM PLATE

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the bottom plate and the condition of the following components:

  1. Moisture damage and deterioration

  2. Inspect the structural components including foundation and framing

 

PORCH FOOTING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the porch footing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Unable to view

  2. Porch components for signs of movement etc.

 

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STAIRS

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the stairs and the condition of the following components:

  1. Loose/damaged/deteriorated components

  2. Safety issues

  3. Inspect attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings

 

HANDRAILS

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the handrails and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper connection

  2. Deterioration

  3. Safety issues

  4. Inspect attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings

 

FLOOR JOIST

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the floor joist and the condition of the following components:

  1. Sagging

  2. Splitting

  3. Improper notching

  4. Deterioration, etc.

  5. Inspect the structural components including foundation and framing

 

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PORCH

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the porch and the condition of the following components:

  1. Ceiling

  2. Walls

  3. Electrical

  4. Doors

  5. Inspect attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings

 

PORCH RAILING

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the porch railing and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper connection

  2. Deterioration

  3. Safety issues

  4. Inspect attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings

 

STEEL LINTEL

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the steel lintel and the condition of the following components:

  1. Rust

  2. Deterioration

  3. Sagging

  4. Damage

 

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WEEP HOLE

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the weep hole and the condition of the following components:

  1. Ensure weep holes are provided

  2. Ensure opening is not restricted

 

DOWNSPOUT STRAP

Your Champion Home Inspector will review the downspout strap and the condition of the following components:

  1. Proper connection and support

  2. Inspect the roof drainage system

 

This page provides examples of the types of items reviewed during a Champion home inspection, however, the actual items inspected vary by location. Any home inspection will only be performed by contract according to defined standards.

 

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