What is a Realm Home Inspection?

The General Home Inspection in its simplest description is intended for buyers, sellers, and homeowners. Your home inspector will describe the overall condition of the home and its systems. The reports will note defects observed, the implications of those defects, the best approach for correction, and the tradespeople to engage.

A Realm Home Inspection takes it a bit further.  We provide that extra bit of information we’ve determined valuable through our years of experience.  Beyond the defects observed our reports include a detailed explanation of your home’s systems, how they work, and maintenance tips for keeping them running in optimal condition.

What else does a Realm Home Inspection come with?  Check out the features below.  We also encourage you to take a look at some of our sample reports found here.

Modern Reports

Realm Inspections Report Platforms

Web-based full color reports with images and videos.  24 hour turn around, sooner if practical.  Find more info here.

Thermal Imaging

Realm Home Inspections includes thermal on all inspections

We use our thermal camera on all main home inspections.  We see what others miss.

Air Support

We walk every roof we can safely access.  When we can’t we have our drone as a backup.

Buy Back Guarantee

Did we miss an obvious defect and you want out of the home?  InterNACHI will buy your home back from you for the purchase price.  See details for more info.

Homeowner Support

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We’ve got your back for as long as you own the home.  Have a question or need some advice?  Reach out, we’re your resource for life.

The General Home Inspection covers overall home condition, defects, implications, correction methods, and recommended tradespeople.

A Realm Home Inspection offers additional valuable insights based on our experience. Our reports detail home systems, operation, maintenance tips, and the features below.

Explore our sample reports here for a closer look.

Modern Reports

Realm Inspections Report Platforms

Web-based, full-color images and videos.  24-hour turnaroundFind more info here.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging on all inspections.  We see what others miss.

Air Support

We use our drone when we can’t walk on the roof.

Buy Back Guarantee

InterNACHI will buy back your home if you’re not completely satisfied.  See details for more info.

Homeowner Support

Contact us, Scout says hello

Reach out if you have questions, no matter how long it’s been.  We’re your resource for life.


The NC Standards of Practice and a Realm Home Inspection

If you made it this far, you should have a good idea of the value that we bring you with a Realm Home Inspection. If you add the above with the covered systems below, you’ll be in a fantastic position to make a truly informed decision.

  • Roof

    The roof is one of the most complex, costly, yet essential systems on the home. Your home inspector will examine the roof, its structure, covering (shingles, tiles, etc.), flashing, gutters, downspouts, and more.

  • Exterior

    Walkways, patios, driveways, doors, decks, balconies, siding, eaves and soffits, fascia, paint, attached garages, their operable doors, and other elements of the home’s exterior.  To sum up, there is quite a bit to the exterior of the home, and we inspect it all.

  • HVAC

    Staying comfortable in your home is a necessity.  To begin with, we visually inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.  Additionally, we assess the ducts, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and air conditioning units (excluding window units).

  • Plumbing

    All of the accessible plumbing will be visually inspected. This includes operating the fixtures for proper function.  Among others, we assess any tubs, sinks, showers, and hose bibs (spigots). Where visible, we check out the plumbing lines to look for leaks and other flaws with this system.

  • Electrical Systems

    Your home inspector will visually assess the interior and exterior electrical systems, including service drops, service masts, grounding, a representative number of outlets, main service panels, distribution panels, circuit breakers, etc.  However, photovoltaic (solar) systems are not included.

  • Appliances

    Testing and examining installed appliances like stoves/ranges, built-in microwaves, and dishwashers is a requirement.  Therefore, you’ll know what’s working before you move in.

  • Windows & Doors

    Windows and doors come in all shapes and sizes.  Most importantly, we check all exterior doors.  Then a representative number of windows and interior doors are inspected.  We’ll look for proper sealing and drafts, signs of water damage, rubbing, improper latching, and more.

  • Interiors

    Interior space inspections include steps, stairways, balconies, railings, counters, and a representative number of built-in cabinets and doors.  Cosmetic issues including scuff marks on walls, nail-pops, dirty grout lines, and poor choices in paint color are excluded.

  • Foundations, Basements and Crawlspaces

    You cannot build a great building on a weak foundation.  Therefore, we examine crawlspaces and basements to look for signs of water intrusion, foundation cracking, or shifting, along with other potentially hazardous issues.

  • Attic, Ventilation & Insulation

    Your home inspector will examine the attic to ensure it is properly ventilated, check for moisture, assess insulation levels, and more.

Some final notes from your home inspector…

Pass or Fail?

“Did my home pass?” is a question often asked of a home inspector. Unfortunately, that’s not how inspections work. The truth is, as the home ages, its components break down, maintenance gets deferred, and bad things happen to good homes.  In all fairness, even the homes that are meticulously maintained hide a few secrets.  It’s a simple fact of homeownership. The bottom line is a Realm Home Inspection is your safe way of knowing what condition the home is in.  

What about Code?

We inspect each property according to the North Carolina Standards of Practice. It’s important to understand that we are not Code enforcers, although code and our standards do overlap in some areas. A home does not simply pass-or-fail. It is an evaluation of the property’s condition at the time of the inspection.

The bottom line…

Ultimately, we call out deficiencies when we see them, providing a clear understanding of the issues and providing guidance on whom to engage and what actions to take. No home, not even a new home, is perfect. We can help you understand what’s important, but only you can decide if the home is right for you.

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