We will look for defects related to the roof, including attic shingles, flashing, and fascia, all of which can cause ceiling drips and leaks; loose gutters; and defects in chimneys and skylights.


 We will check for siding and attic cracks, rot, or decay; cracking or flaking masonry near the basement; cracks in stucco; dents or bowing in vinyl; blistering or flaking paint; and adequate clearing between siding and earth.


We we look for leaning walls that indicate faulty framing; stained ceilings that could point to water problems; adequate insulation behind the walls; and insufficient heating vents that could make a room cold and drafty.


We will check if the visible wiring and electrical panels are in good shape, light switches and the HVAC systems work correctly, and there are enough outlets in each room.


You want to keep heat in, cold out, and energy bills low. Windows and doors must be in good working condition. We will see if frames are secure and without rot, caulking is solid and secure, and glass is undamaged.


We inspect pipes, drains, water heaters, and water pressure and temperature. Beyond plumbing issues, we also look for water damage.



Colony Inspection Services's mission is to provide high-quality inspections.  We succeed at this because of our integrity and support staff, our commitment to being respectful and considerate of our clients and of each other, providing excellent customer service, and our passion for continuing education in learning the newest innovations of our industry. Colony Inspection Service LLC strives to provide friendly, professional, ethical and quality-conscious home inspection services to each and every one of our clients. 


My name is Scott Hancock, I am a Certified InterNACHI Home Inspector that is in good standing. I have 21 years of experience in new home construction,  and 28 years of experience in residential and commercial maintenance and repair. My field experience, paired with the education and training I have received as a home inspector, has been a great part of my success in helping my clients know all there is to know about their inspection.


I am certified and fully insured, I proudly provide all of my client's a Buy-Back Guarantee.

And to show my appreciation, you will receive these Perks!


What Really Matters in a Home Inspection

by Nick Gromicko and Ben Gromicko

Buying a home? The process can be stressful.  A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect.  You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time.  This often includes a written report, a checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection.  All this, combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself, makes the experience even more overwhelming.  What should you do?


Relax.  Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies for various systems and components, and minor imperfections. These are useful to know about.  However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:


  1. major defects.  An example of this would be a structural failure;

  2. things that lead to major defects, such as a small roof-flashing leak, for example;

  3. things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home; and

  4. safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel.

Anything in these categories should be addressed.  Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).


Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.  Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report.  No home is perfect.  Keep things in perspective.  Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter.  It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items.






Servicing Lake, Geauga & Cuyahoga Counties


Contact: Scott Hancock
Address: 7874 Richwood DR, Mentor, OH 44060

Tel:  440-290-9574

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