DPM Building Inspection has been performing home inspections in Oxford MS since 2011. During a home inspection, we perform a visual inspection of all the major elements of your potential new home. The purpose of this inspection is to alert you to any potential problems, as well as to inform you of any major defects in the property.

We strongly encourage our clients to meet with the inspector at the end of the inspection to review any items identified during the inspection process, and to ask the inspector any questions you may have. The inspector will explain repair items and possible conditions and/or challenges to a home. The inspector will show you the positive aspects of the home as well and discuss the properties routine maintenance needs. This will help you to get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the most understanding of the systems that make up your home. While all problems or repairs may not be identified, an inspection will lead clients to a better understanding of the property. You’ll receive a comprehensive report that is easy to understand. Everything identified during the inspection will be included in the report.

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A standard home inspection should include a visual inspection of the following parts of the house:

Structural Components

The inspector shall inspect structural components including the foundation and/or crawlspaces and any accessible wall, floor ceiling and roof structure.

Exterior

The inspector shall inspect the wall coverings including flashing and trims. The exterior doors, decks and porches, stoops, balconies, steps, and railings. Where visible, the eaves along with the fascia and soffits from ground level. Any landscaping and drainage as well as retaining walls will be inspected. A description of all items as well as apparent condition will be noted in the report.

Roofing

We will inspect the roofing materials, flashings, skylights, chimneys, and drainage systems for any defects where visible from the ground.

Plumbing

We will inspect the interior water supply piping including fixtures and faucets, interior drain, waste, and venting systems. We will inspect and identify the type, capacity and condition of the water heater in use. Waste water treatment or pumping systems will be identified if present.

Electrical

During the course of the inspection we will identify and describe the service drop, service entrance conductors, grounding method, interior components of the main panel(s) and sub panel(s). A representative number of outlets, GFCI/AFCI devices, and light fixtures will be tested for proper operation and grounding.

Heating

The installed systems will be checked for proper operation and response to controls. We will open readily accessible covers and compartment doors of the installed heating equipment. We will check flue/vent piping material and installation. The report will include a description of the installed components and their energy sources.

Air Conditioning

The installed systems will be checked for proper operation and response to controls. We will open readily accessible covers and compartment doors of the installed air conditioning equipment. We will check distribution system material and installation. The report will include a description of the installed components and their energy sources.

Interior

We will inspect walls, ceilings, and floors. Steps, stairways, and railings will be checked for safety and proper installation. Windows, doors, and installed hardware will be checked for proper operation. Garage doors, motors, limit switches, and installed sensors will be checked for proper operation.

Appliances

The installed appliances in the home will be checked for proper operation using the normal operating controls on each unit. A description of each appliance and energy sources will be provided in the report.

Insulation and Ventilation

The ventilation, insulation, vapor barriers of the attic, crawlspace, or any unfinished areas will be checked and described in the report. Any exhaust system or lack of an exhaust system will be inspected/reported for the bathrooms and laundry.

Fireplaces and fuel Burning Appliances

Any fireplaces or installed wall heaters will be checked for proper operation. Their chimneys or venting system installation and operation will be checked and noted in the report.