Types of Home Inspections

There are three types of home inspections: General Home Inspection, EMP (Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing) and Structural.

A General Home Inspections can only be performed by a Licensed Home Inspector.

An EMP Inspection can be performed by a Licensed Home Inspector or, individually licensed electrical, mechanical and plumbing contractors.

A Structural Inspection can be performed by a Licensed Home Inspector or a state registered engineer.

As you can see from the table below, a General Home Inspection from BASIS offers you more information and security about the condition of your home than an EMP and Structural inspection combined.

Components:

BASIS

General Home Inspection

EMP *

Structural

Structural System:

Foundation, Slab, Framing

X

 

X

Lot Drainage:

Site grading, drainage, retaining walls

X

 

X

Roof System:

Covering, penetrations, flashings, chimneys.

X

 

 

Exterior:

Siding, flashing, trim, fascia, soffit, doors, windows, balconies, decks, railings, steps, porches, walkways, patios, driveways.

X

 

 

Insulation and Ventilation:

Insulation and vapor barriers in attic and crawl space, ventilation in attic and crawl space, mechanical ventilation systems.

X

 

 

Interior:

Steps, stairways, railings, cabinets, countertops, doors, window seals, garage doors, automatic openers.

X

 

 

Interior:

Interior ceilings, walls, floors, door and window operation.

X

 

X

Plumbing System:

Fixtures, faucets, drains, vents, pressure and volume.

X

X

 

Electrical System:

Service drop, service entrance conductors, service amperage and voltage, cables and raceways, main disconnects, distribution panels, sub panels, grounding, conductors, presence of aluminum wiring, lighting fixtures, switches, ceiling fans, receptacles ground fault circuit interrupters, wires and splicing.

X

X

 

Heating System:

Heating equipment, vents, flues, ductwork.

X

X

 

Cooling System:

Cooling equipment, ductwork, drainage.

X

X

 

Built In Kitchen Appliances

X

X

 

Fireplace:

Firebox, damper, flu, hearth, chimney cap.

X

 

 

Fireplace solid fuel appliance:

Gas appliance.

X

X