Alderman Home Inspections

Alderman home inspections serving cumberland and surrounding counties

Alderman home inspections serving cumberland and surrounding counties

Alderman home inspections serving cumberland and surrounding countiesAlderman home inspections serving cumberland and surrounding counties

What to Expect


You Made the Right Choice

From the initial phone call to the review of your report, we will walk you through each step of the process.  Tell us what realtor you are working with (or how to reach the owner if not listed) and we will do the rest.  We contact all the parties involved and schedule a convenient time.  Unlike many inspectors, we  welcome you to be a part of the inspection process.  We are proud of how hard we work for you!  We also find that personal contact with your inspector helps to prevent that overwhelmed feeling when you get the report.  He will help you navigate through what is normal maintenance depending on the age of your home and what needs more immediate attention.  If you are not available to be at the inspection, we've got you covered.  In most cases, our contract can be sent by email and signed electronically.  If not, other arrangements can be made to accomodate you.


The Inspection

The state of TN is among the 27 states that currently require a license to perform home inspections.  This is great news for you!  TN inspectors not only meet educational requirements and pass a comprehensive test, we must continually update our education to stay current in our field.  As a licensed home inspector we follow the State of TN Standards of Practice.  This document will help to familiarize you with what is and isn't included in a home inspection.  You can view this document by following the link provided below.

We perform a comprehensive inspection.  Following is a list of some of the items that the inspector will examine:

  • Roof (including shingles, gutters, and flashings)
  • Attic (including roof structure, insulation and venting)
  • Crawlspace
  • Floor Sub Structure
  • Decks and Porches (including covers)
  • Exterior wall coverings and trim
  • Foundation
  • General drainage conditions around structure
  • Electrical (general inspection including panel boxes, main service, wiring issues, lighting issues, receptacles etc. We will refer to a licensed electrician for further evaluation of issues found)
  • Plumbing (general inspection including service, supply, drainage, waste, ventilation, etc. We will refer to a licensed plumber for further evaluation of issues found)
  • Interior (including windows, doors, bathrooms, kitchen, major defects in walls or flooring)
  • Water Heater and HVAC systems (general inspection of conditions at the time of the inspections, will refer to appropriate licences technician or plumber is needed)
  • Garage (including interior, floor, garage doors and safety mechanisms)
  • Fuel systems (including piping and safety mechanisms)
  • Fireplaces and chimneys

It's important for you to know that home inspectors are generalist and not the experts in every field.  We perform a limited visual inspection.  This means that we do not intrude into walls or floors, dig in the yard,  or do anything else that would cause damage to the property.  However, if there are significant hidden problems, they will usually (but not always) manifest symptoms that can be seen. Our job is to look for structural, system, and safety defects.  We then report these to you and recommend an appropriate expert to further evaluate and repair the them.  We never make repairs or receive additional compensation on any items that we have reported. This would be highly unethical and violate the State of TN Code of Conduct for home inspectors. 


The Report

Our report is one of the most detailed and easy to navigate in the industry.  The report includes a legend that allows the inspector to easily categorize the defects for you.  For instance, you can see at a glance whether the defect is a safety concern or simply routine home maintenance.  Our report also includes handy links for homeowners on simple maintenance issues or "do it yourself" repairs. Your inspector will contact you once the report is prepared to review the issues found. We want to make sure that your questions get answered and you have all the information needed to make informed decisions. 

You can check out our sample report by clicking the link below.