Four Point Inspection Questions
& How To Prepare For It
What should I do to prepare for the Electrical portion of the inspection?
Before the inspector arrives to your home, ensure all receptacles at all water prone locations are accessible. This generally means all receptacles at the bathrooms, kitchen, exterior etc. Ensure all receptacle, switches and fixtures have plate covers when needed. Any exposed wires livened or not are concidered hazards and generally require an electrician to remove or repair the area. Because of this, it is equally important to ensure all outlets, switches and junction boxes have cover plates.
Before the inspector arrives, all service and distribution panels (breaker and fuse boxes) need to be readily accessible. The inspector will need to review all panels and assess the interior wiring of the panels. If the inspector is unable to inspect the panel because it is obstucted and concidered a hazard to do so, the insurance company may require an additional inspection when the service panel is accessible in order to assess the panels interior. Any paper work you may have for this system would be good to have on hand in case further information may be needed.
What should I do to prepare for the plumbing inspection?
Before the inspector arrives, the water heater needs to be readily accessible as well as access to all bathrooms, kitchen and washrooms. The inspector will be observing all plumbing exposures at these locations. The inspector will be looking for shut off valves, hose line connections, plumbing type etc. so all cabinets where shut off valves may be, need to be clear enough for the inspector to review the valves/pipes and photograph them. To prevent the inspector from having to report easily remedied deficiencies, it is good to ensure basic things are in working order such as P-Traps (no leaks or buckets placed under valves eluding to there leak potential.), all faucets are operable and without leaks, toilets and drains also need to be operable for the inspector prior to their arrival. If the inspector cannot access an area, it may have to be noted and a potential reinspection request may be implemented by the insurance company as criteria for attaining the insurance policy. Any paper work you may have for this system would be good to have on hand in case further information may be needed.
What should I do to prepare for the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) portion of the inspection?
For the hvac inspection, a review of the heating source is the primary consideration. All homes in the state of florida, especially north of miami are generally reviewed to ensure a perminant proper heating source is installed. It is improtant to ensure the HVAC system components i.e. handler, heat pump/condenser, in wall heat cools, furnaces etcetera, are accessible to the inspector for review. Any paper work you may have for this system would be good to have on hand in case further information may be needed.
What should I do to prepare for the Roof portion of the inscpection?
For the roof inspection, ensure all leaf debris and articles that are not apart of the roof material are removed from the roof prior to the inspection. Additionally, all trees branches should be trimmed away from the roof 5 feet or more, prefferably if the tree overhangs the roof. Also an access point will be needed to stage ladders safely for accessing the roof top. For tile, metal or some other roofs. The roof system is not walked so as to inhibit roof damage. Rather, an inspection from a ladder of the roof at all view points is performed. Please note, any paper work you may have for this system would be good to have on hand in case further information may be needed.
Four Point Inspection General Questions
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