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Oklahoma Home Inspection (OKIE)

Oklahoma home inspections by a licensed inspector are generally defined by the Standards of Practice that are prescribed in the Oklahoma Home Inspection Law for Licensed Home Inspectors inspecting properties including up to four living units. In most cases our customers want more (or less) items to be inspected than strictly provided herein. The following constitutes the items that are often included in the Oklahoma Home Inspection if they are present on the property at the time of the Inspection. The list of items herein will be inspected to the definition of "Normal Working Order". There are General Limitations and Exclusions that are shown in the Standards of Practice. The Inspector may (in accordance with the Customers' circled choices shown on the inspections Agreement) inspect and report more or less than the proposed Standards of Practice as listed below. There are clear limits to the degree a Licensed Inspector is expected to evaluate and operate a particular item during the inspection. Please let us know your particular requirements to determine if more than one knowledgeable inspector is necessary because of certain systems designs, equipment requirements, structurally defective conditions, or concerns of the customer that are unique to the property.

Structural System

The inspector shall inspect the reasonably accessible and the exposed portions of:
1. The structure, including foundation and framing.
2. The inspector may probe a representative number of structural components where deterioration is suspected or where clear indications of possible deterioration exists.

Exterior

The inspector shall inspect the reasonably accessible and the exposed potions of:
1. The exterior wall covering, flashing and trim
2. All exterior doors
3. Attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their assorted railings
4. The eaves, soffits, and facias where accessible from the ground level
5. The vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls on the property when any of these are likely to adversely affect the building
6. Walkways, patios and driveways leading to dwelling entrances

Roof System

The inspector shall inspect the reasonably accessible and the exposed potions of:
1. The roof covering
2. The roof drainage system
3. The flashings
4. The skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations

Plumbing System

The inspector shall inspect the reasonably accessible and the exposed potions of:
1. The interior water supply and distribution systems including all fixtures and faucets
2. The drain, waste and vent systems including all fixtures
3. The water heating equipment
4. The vent systems, flues and chimneys
5. The fuel storage and fuel distribution systems
6. The drainage sumps, sump pumps, and relating piping

Electrical System

The electrical systems are becoming increasingly important in modern homes. The older systems may provide safe service, though limited in their capacity for additional load or capacity. Some property and casualty insurance companies will not provide coverage on antiquated electrical systems.

The inspector shall inspect the reasonably accessible and the exposed potions of:
1. The service drop and grounding
2. The service entrance conductors, cables and raceways
3. The service equipment and main disconnects
4. The conductors and interior components of service panels and sub panels
5. The over-current protection devices
6. A representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles
7. The ground fault circuit interrupters

Heating system

The inspector shall inspect the reasonably accessible and the exposed potions of:
1. The installed heating equipment
2. The vent systems, flues and chimneys

Air Conditioning System

The inspector shall inspect the reasonably accessible and the exposed potions of:
1. The installed central and though-wall cooling equipment

Interior

The inspector shall inspect the reasonably accessible and the exposed potions of:
1. The walls, ceilings and floors
2. The steps stairways and railings
3. The countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets
4. A representative number of doors and windows
5. Garage doors and garage doors openers
6. Built-in Appliances limited to; disposal, stove, cook top, dishwasher, vent hood

Insulation and Ventilation

The inspector shall inspect the reasonably accessible and the exposed potions of:
1. The insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces
2. The ventilation of attics and foundation areas
3. The mechanical ventilation systems

Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances

The inspector shall inspect the reasonably accessible and the exposed potions of:
1. The system components
2. The vent systems, flues, and chimneys

The license requirements for Home Inspectors in Oklahoma does not provide for specialized knowledge that is required by many of our experienced customers. Please let us know of your concerns so we can address them in the inspection.

Structural inspection evaluates those items which often indicate structural activity. The following are visually examined; foundation cracks, gaps, or separations in joints and may or may not be deemed defective. The stem walls, masonry veneers, roof and floor framing components, site drainage adjacent to the structure, and exterior trim are all examined for evidence of visible damage. If the property is structurally active then it may be necessary to stabilize foundation and/or floor to minimize activity and reduce the risk of future expense to the homeowner.

Sub-grade moisture infiltration inspection evaluates the moisture accumulation problems in the basement, crawl space, or sub-grade air distribution ducts. This particular inspection often recommends the use of a remote viewing camera to see into areas not otherwise visible to the inspector.

A thorough sub-grade moisture infiltration inspection by a licensed home inspector includes areas of the property that are visible to the inspector that may suffer moisture infiltration. This inspection will often include site drainage improvements and diagrams for contractor bids.

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