Home Inspection

The Three Rivers home inspection process is unique.

The typical inspector checks individual components (such as a furnace or shingles) so that a report of predetermined content and format can be filled out. The inspection process is guided by the necessity to "fill in the blanks".

The Three Rivers inspection delves beneath surface appearances and beyond individual component characteristics.

The Three Rivers home inspection can be more accurately termed an evaluation. This is because the individual components are evaluated in relation to systems in which they play a role, and the individual systems are evaluated in terms of the global house environment.

Of course, the Three Rivers evaluation covers all aspects of the home, including:

  • Structure
  • Roofing
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Yard features (i.e., retaining walls)

Traditional Inspections: Not as Effective

How can Three Rivers conduct inspections with such a radically different and more productive perspective? The answer lies primarily in the reporting method.
The traditional reporting method limits the process of inspecting to merely that - inspecting individual aspects of the house. The traditional reporting method cannot accommodate a systemic and, even better, a global evaluation of the house.

Traditional reporting methods cannot accommodate discussions of issues that cross system boundaries. For instance, an improperly vented furnace may deposit too much water in a chimney flue, which can lead to a structural problem with the chimney bricks, an interior plaster problem, and a prematurely defective furnace. The traditional checklist report or checklist with short narrative report doesn't have a "blank" to discuss such complex issues. In addition, this type of report is typically filled out by the inspector as the inspection proceeds.

Multi-dimensional issues cannot be addressed in this manner.
Traditional reporting methods limit the complexity of issues that can be uncovered during an inspection. Issues that cannot be reported may as well not be identified during the inspection process. What is the point of uncovering complex issues if these issues cannot be accommodated by the reporting methods?

Three Rivers' Proprietary Process

The Three Rivers reporting method describes the results of the global-perspective evaluation of the home. In other words, the report is written to describe the results of the evaluation conducted to best describe the true condition of the house. Contrast this to the traditional report methods that limit the complexity and global perspective of the inspection.

The Three Rivers home inspection typically involves two or three experienced inspection personnel working together as a team. The team members typically spend 3 to 6 man-hours on site evaluating an average size and condition home, not including time required to write the report, to perform a pest inspection or to set up a radon test.

The inspection report contains a certified engineering report regarding structural issues such as foundation wall cracks. This type of issue could otherwise require a separate engineering evaluation at a later date at significant additional cost (such as when demanded by a bank appraiser).

You are welcome to attend the inspection. Your questions are welcomed and you are able to see issues first hand.


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