What to Expect From Your Home Inspection

Whether you are buying, selling or maintaining your home, Key Inspection Services provides professional and quality service from the moment you call us. Our licensed home inspectors will walk through your home with you and teach you as much as you want to learn.  Key Inspection Services is your source for licensed Washington home inspectors and consultants in Washington that provide professional home inspection services in Washington. Our home inspector members comply with a Standards Of Practice and the home inspector Code Of Ethics that ensures professional home inspection at all times.

With Key Inspection Services, our Home Inspection Services meet, and in many cases exceed, state and industry standards of Washington State Home Inspector Requirements, National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, and American Society of Home Inspectors.

After we walk through the home together,we explain the general condition of the home and systems with you and your agent. We will talk through any major issues that need to be addresses sooner rather than later. We will also mention the items that you will want to keep an eye on for deferred maintenance. All of this will be detailed in my easy-to-read Spectora report, that will be delivered in HTML and/or PDF format. From that report, you’ll be able to see the items we discussed, with images for reference.

Key Inspection Services thoroughly inspects and reports on the following:

  • Grounds

    Grade, Drainage,Impacting landscape features (e.g., large trees, plant foliage, soil to siding, etc.),Retaining walls,Stairs,Driveways,Walkways,Fences falling down, Outlying buildings may be inspected at additional cost.

  • Roof

    Materials,Gutters and downspouts,Chimneys,Flashed penetrations (e.g., vents, skylights, etc.)

  • Structural Component

    Foundation,Support structures,Framing,Sheathing,Seismic (e.g., anchoring, bracing, etc.)

  • Insulation and Ventilation

    Attics, Walls,Floors,Crawl spaces,Ventilation fans (e.g., whole house, bath exhaust, etc.)

  • Exterior


  • Electrical

    Service entrance,Disconnects,Main and sub panels,Grounding,Bonding,Breakers (including arc fault circuit interrupters),Switches,,Outlets (including ground fault ,circuit interrupters),Smoke detectors

  • Plumbing

    Water and gas (or oil) supply lines and shut-offs,Water pressure,,Water heaters,Safety valving,Fixtures,Traps,Drains,Functional flow and drainage

  • HVAC

    Controls and thermostats.Heating/cooling components (e.g., furnaces, heat pumps, etc.),Supply and discharge lines.Venting.Filters, Ductwork, Registers.Fireplaces and inserts.Heat lamps. drainage

  • Appliance

    Dryer vents,Ranges,Refrigerator/freezers,Dishwashers,Disposals,Built-in microwaves,Ceiling fans

  • General Interior

    • Ceilings,Walls,Floors,Doors,Cabinetry

Inspection Exclusions

  • Private Water or Sewage Systems
  • Saunas, Steam Baths, Pools, hot tubs
  • Solar Heating Systems
  • Termites, Pests, or Wood Destroying Organisms Radon or Lead or Mold
  • Cosmetic Defects
  • Underground Oil Tanks
  • Perimeter lighting, sprinklers, fountains Security System
  • Audio Visual Equipment

Your inspector is a home inspection generalist and is not acting as a licensed engineer or expert in any craft or trade. If your inspector recommends consulting other specialized experts, client must do so at client’s expense.