The following items are routinely checked in our whole house inspections:

  • Grounds
    • Curb, sidewalks, driveway, trees, shrubs, water drainage, patio, porches, fences, retaining walls
  • Utilities
    • Gas meter, electrical meter, overhead lines, water meter, telephone lines, cable lines, electrical grounding
  • Exterior
    • Siding, trim, painted surfaces, eaves and fascia, storms and screens, windows, doors and deadbolts, caulking, weather-stripping, fireplace stack
  • Roof
    • Type, material condition, ridge, valleys, flashings, ventilation, gutters, downspouts, splash blocks
  • Attic
    • Access, type roof framing, roof decking, insulation, ventilation, electrical components, venting, ductwork
  • Foundation
    • Type, materials, condition, water runoff, backfill
  • Basement
    • Walls, floors, staircases, columns, beams, ceiling joists, moisture, lighting, sump pump, floor drains
  • Furnace & Air Conditioning
    • Type, capacity, fuel source, fuel cutoff, filters, fan, gas leaks, combustion air, carbon monoxide, registers and returns, furnace flue, ductwork, condenser coil and cabinet, condensate drain line, temperature output, thermostat
  • Electrical
    • Service amperage, main disconnect, main panel, fuses and breakers, exposed wiring, exposed splices, switches, outlets, ground fault protection, light fixtures, whole house fans, doorbells, exterior lighting
  • Plumbing
    • Size of service, supply pipe materials and hangers, supply leaks, functional supply, waste pipe materials, waste pipe hangers, waste line leaks, functional drainage, exterior hose bibs, faucets, sinks, floor drains, sump pump, sewage pump
  • Hot Water Tank
    • Type, capacity, age, fuel source, temp and pressure safety valve, temperature controls, exhaust gas flue
  • Interior Rooms
    • Entry doors, electrical outlets, closets, switches, windows, walls, floors, ceiling, wet bar, fireplace
  • Kitchen
    • Countertops, cabinets, sink, dishwasher, range and oven, hood and fan, trash compactor, food waste disposal, lighting fixtures, outlets, ground fault protection, switches, windows, walls, ceilings, floors
  • Laundry
    • Water supply lines, dryer hook up (electric or gas), dryer vent, ventilation, doors, walls, floor, ceiling
  • Garages
    • Overhead door and hardware, opener and safety reverse, entry door, electric service, ground fault protection, foundation, fire protection, walls, floors, ceiling

Sherlock Home Inspectors Inc.

3911 5th Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51106

Office: 712 274-9617

Email: sherlockhome@cableone.net