What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a thorough but primarily visual inspection of each of your home's major components:

 - Exterior
 - Electric
 - Plumbing
 - Heat and Cooling
 - Insulation and Ventilation
 - Structural


See the Standards of Practice for in-depth descriptions of each component.


What is a home?  A home is a combination of systems designed not only to provide shelter, but to make your life easier and more comfortable.  However, nothing lasts forever - just as all living things move ever onward to their eventual demise, so too are your home’s systems.  Even with regular maintenance, all of these systems are edging closer to their respective ends.


Every home owner has a mental list of things to be done around their house.  The problem with this list is that it might not be comprehensive, and might not even be written down anywhere.


Even an unoccupied home will have additional to-do items continually added, thanks to weather and father time.  How much of this list does a homeowner forget about, even if they’re vigilant?  How much of this list gets communicated or is obvious to prospective buyers?


Turnstone Home Inspection Services will let you know where and what needs to be done to your home-to-be in order for it to provide years of shelter and comfort.  We're happy to help, providing quality and comprehensive inspections, radon monitoring tests, lead paint tests and land survey consulting so that you're aware of all the good and bad your new home has in store for you in the years to come.


Our home inspections are thorough and feature detailed and easy to follow reports. Tests for radon, asbestos and lead paint are available as well, all at reasonable prices and with quick turnaround times.



Radon tests are a good idea for every home.  So long as it is in contact with the ground (whether through a basement, slab on grade, or crawlspace), the home has the potential to collect and contain radon gas.  Homes that are already equipped with radon mitigation systems should be tested in order to ensure that the mitigation system is working properly.  New homes are typically sealed better so that they are more energy efficient, but this also contributes to higher radon concentrations.  See the EPA's guide for Buyers and Sellers for more information.


Lead Paint:

Lead in paint was banned in 1978.  Homes built before then have a good chance of containing lead paint.  Undisturbed lead paint may not pose a risk, but renovations, as well as normal wear and tear can create lead dust, which is hazardous when ingested.  See the EPA's Protect Your Family From Lead Paint guide for more information.

Nachi standards of practice

I am a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (iNACHI) and follow their Standards of Practice. See link for more details.