What is a Home Inspection?

Think of your home inspection as a check-up visit to the doctor's office, but for your home. Just like the human body, your home has intricate working parts that require evaluation to ensure that your home is "healthy". When you leave the doctor's office, you receive a report, or a "bill of health". The same is true after a home inspection is performed; you receive a "bill of health" for your home. What's in that report?

  • A meticulous evaluation of all readily accessible areas, from the roof to the crawlspace or basement

  • A comprehensive list and analysis of our findings that should be addressed

  • Photographic documentation to help identify and locate the deficiencies listed 

Our findings are presented in a comprehensive, computer generated report that provides clear descriptions of what we've found with any problem areas noted. Depending on the size and condition of the home, a thorough inspection generally requires 3-4 hours of on-sight evaluation. Reports are typically issued the following day and are conveniently provided via email. In addition to the official home inspection report, we are glad to help with any questions that may arise after the client has reviewed the findings. 

Check out an example Inspection Report


Pre-Purchase Inspections

Critical to ensure a sound, informed home purchase

Potential home buyers utilize pre-purchase home inspections to provide an independent, unbiased evaluation of the condition of their prospective new home. During this process, major problems are disclosed so that they may be negotiated with the seller prior to purchasing the property. Having a full home inspection completed prior to purchasing a home is crucial to ensuring a sound, informed purchase


Pre-Listing Inspections

Ensure a smooth selling process

Home sellers use pre-listing inspections as a tool to help ensure that the selling process goes as smoothly as possible. After the seller finds an interested and qualified buyer, the last thing they want is for unexpected and expensive repair items to show up on the buyer's home inspection report. By scheduling a pre-listing inspection, sellers can rest easier knowing that the chance of unwanted surprises appearing in a buyer's inspection report are significantly reduced.


One Year Anniversary Inspections

Utilize your builder's one year warranty

If you purchase a newly built home, your builder should provide a one year warranty that typically covers all areas and items in the home; from exterior to interior, to all the major systems. When the builder's "bumper-to-bumper" warranty expires at the end of the first year, only major structural components, such as the foundation and roof system are covered under the builder warranty. After that point, you must rely on warranties that the major systems and appliance manufacturers provide. As your one year anniversary date approaches, we will perform an inspection to disclose repair items that you will want to have addressed prior to the expiration of the builder's warranty. Repairs can range from significant issues, such as roof leaks or foundation failure, to relatively minor problems such as sticking doors and loose deck boards.

One Year Anniversary Inspections are in-depth and are performed to the same thorough standard as our Pre-purchase Inspections to ensure that your home provides many years of carefree living.


Example Inspection Items


All home inspections performed by Bob Medlin Home Inspections are performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics established by the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board.

We do not perform repair work or provide cost estimates, and are not affiliated with repair companies. Our sole purpose is to provide our client the best quality home inspection services available.