Discovery Home Inspection Service - What We Do

Fayetteville, NC Home Inspector — Serving the Communities of Fayetteville, Hope Mills, Raeford, Spring Lake, Lillington, Buies Creek, Eastover, Grays Creek, Rockfish, Vander, Cedar Creek, Parkton, Lumber Bridge, and Pembroke.


Following are some of the systems and components ("items") that are inspected and reported on during the course of our inspection. These items are examined for material defects that would significantly affect the value, desirability, or safety of the home. Depending on the scope of work in regards to the selected property a comprehensive home inspection can take 2 to 4 hours.

1. Structural Components — including but not limited to Foundations, Floors, Walls, Columns or Piers, Ceiling and Roofs.

2. Building Exterior — Wall cladding, flashings, and trim, Entryway doors and a representative number of windows; Garage door operators; Decks, balconies, stoops, steps, areaways, porches and applicable railings; Eaves, soffits, and fascia’s; Driveways, patios, walkways, and retaining walls; and Vegetation, grading, and drainage with respect only to their effect on the condition of the building.

3. Roof coverings — including but not limited to: roof coverings; Roof coverings; Roof drainage systems; Flashings; Skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations; and Signs of' leaks or abnormal condensation on building components.

4. Plumbing systems — including but not limited to: Interior water supply and distribution system, including: piping materials, supports, and insulation; fixtures and faucets; functional flow; leaks; and cross connections; Interior drain, waste, and vent system, including: traps; drain, waste, and vent piping; piping supports and pipe insulation; leaks; and functional drainage; Hot water systems including: water heating equipment; normal operating controls; automatic safety controls; and chimneys, flues, and vents; Fuel storage and distribution systems including: interior fuel storage equipment, supply piping, venting, and supports; leaks; and Sump pumps.

5. Electrical systems — including but not limited to: Service entrance conductors; Service equipment, grounding equipment, main overcurrent device, and main and distribution panels; Amperage and voltage ratings of the service; Branch circuit conductors, their overcurrent devices, and the compatibility of their ampacities; The operation of a representative number of installed ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on the dwelling’s exterior walls; The polarity and grounding of all receptacles within six feet of interior plumbing fixtures, and all receptacles in the garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures; The operation of ground fault circuit interrupters; Smoke detectors and permanently installed carbon monoxide alarms.

6. Heating systems — including but not limited to: Heating equipment; Normal operating controls; Automatic safety controls; Chimneys, flues, and vents, where readily visible; Solid fuel heating devices; Heat distribution systems including fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units, convectors; and the presence or absence of an installed heat source for each habitable space.

7. Central cooling systems — including but not limited to: Central air conditioning and through-the-wall installed cooling systems including: Cooling and air handling equipment; and Normal operating controls. Distribution systems including: Fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with associated supports, dampers, insulation, air filters, registers, fan-coil units; and the presence or absence of an installed cooling source for each habitable space.

8. Building interiors — including but not limited to: Walls, ceiling, and floors; Steps, stairways, balconies, and railings; Counters and a representative number of built-in cabinets; and A representative number of doors and windows. Operate a representative number of windows and interior doors; and report signs of water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components.

9. Insulation and Ventilation — including but not limited to: Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces; Ventilation of attics and foundation areas; Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry venting systems; and the operation of any readily accessible attic ventilation fan, and, when temperature permits, the operation of any readily accessible thermostatic control. The home inspector shall: Move insulation where readily visible evidence indicates the possibility of a problem; and move floor insulation where plumbing drain/waste pipes penetrate floors, adjacent to earth-filled stoops or porches, and at exterior doors.

10. Built in Kitchen Appliances — Permanently installed dishwasher(s), through a normal cycle; Range(s), cook top(s), and permanently installed oven(s); Trash compactor(s); Garbage disposal(s); Ventilation equipment or range hood(s); and permanently installed microwave oven(s).

For more detailed information about what it is we inspect (and do not inspect), you can download a copy of the NCHILB Standards of Practice at the links provided below (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

NCHILB standards of practice

NCHILB Standards of Practice

Once we've completed the inspection, the home inspection report will follow shortly thereafter, usually within 24 hours but within 3 business days as required by North Carolina. Our detailed narrative report, which includes photos, takes the guess work out of reading an inspection report, making it easier for you to better understand the condition of the home and assist you in your purchase decision. We are able to speed up the delivery process by sending you the report via email. Below is a sample report for your viewing.

sample inspection report

Sample Inspection Report