- A typical home inspection will take approximately 5+ hours to complete depending on size, age and condition of the property. Inspection Reports include photo documentation where applicable.
- An in-depth, non-invasive, visual and physical examination of the property, will be performed with pride, by an educationally trained, experienced, unbiased, insured, and Certified Master Inspector who is also a Certified L-1 Infrared Thermographer.
- We encourage you to attend the inspection and we gladly anticipate answering your questions. We also realize that most people manage busy schedules, and cannot give up a few hours for the inspection. What most people do is attend a portion of the Home Inspection, usually the last half hour or hour of the inspection. This way, you will be able to attend the presentation of the Inspection report, as well as ask questions and observe.
- The Inspector is limited to performing one – two inspections per day. This is to ensure that the Inspector can spend the proper amount of time on your home, answer your questions, and not be rushed to attend multiple appointments.
- Follow-up support by e-mail or telephone, on any questions relating to the Inspection, is available and included as part of our service commitment to you.
PRE-LISTING INSPECTIONS AND PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTIONS
The Home Inspection starts on the outside, where the Inspector examines the ‘Grounds’ of the property. Items that are observed and commented on include: the grading, walkways, driveway, patio, retaining walls, fencing, and electrical.
The Inspector then makes his way to the roof of the house (and garage if present) and will inspect the roofing materials, flashings, flues and penetrations, the valleys, eavestroughing, skylights and then any chimneys and components related to the chimney. Where possible, the Inspector sweeps away snow for a closer observation.
Next, the Inspector examines the exterior of the home. The Inspector will report on such things as: the foundation/coating, siding, trim, soffit/fascia, downspouts/extensions, windows/frames, electrical, hosebibs, decks, stairs, vents, balconies, covered/enclosed porches.
If there is a garage on the property, the Inspector will include this structure in the Inspection. The Inspector will examine the roof and exterior of the garage, and report on it the same way as the house. Then, if the garage is accessible, the Inspector will enter the garage and report on the interior components including: the floor, electrical, heating, interior walls, ceilings, doors, overhead doors, and motorized door openers.
The Inspector then proceeds to the interior of the house and starts at the attic. The inspector will report on: the framing/structure, roof sheathing, vapour barrier, insulation, ventilation, and any electrical appliances.
The heating system is next to be inspected. The Inspector will identify the type(s) of heating system(s) and observe: the heating unit(s), burner chamber(s), exhaust/venting system(s), distribution/ducting system(s), and thermostats. The Inspector also uses a combustible gas leak detector to check for gas leaks at the visible gas piping.
The next system to be inspected is the water heater, where the tank, combustion chamber (if applicable), exhaust/venting system, supply/distribution piping, are all reported on.
The inspector then examines the visible plumbing for the house. The Inspector will locate and report on the main water shut off valve, supply piping, waste/drain piping, venting, and if there is a sump pit, sump pump or a booster/ejector pump, these items will also be reported on.
Now the electrical system gets the attention of the Inspector. The main electrical service is examined, as well as the main electrical panel and any sub panels. Then the visible and accessible general wiring or branch circuitry of the house is inspected. The Inspector concludes this section by testing the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; any detectors connected to an alarm system will not be tested.
The structure of the house now gets inspected. The inspector examines the visible and accessible components of the structure including: the foundation walls, foundation floor, posts/columns, beams, joists, subfloor, and framing. Where possible, the Inspector uses a moisture meter to check stains and to seek moisture hidden behind finished walls/floors/ceilings.
If the house is equipped with an air conditioning system, and outside air temperatures permit, the Inspector will identify and operate this system and report any deficiencies.
The Inspector then inspects the laundry area, and reports on the doors, floors, walls, ceiling, windows, cabinetry, counters, sinks/faucet/plumbing, electrical, washer hook-ups/drainage, and dryer hook-ups/venting.
Next, the Inspector will inspect all of the bathrooms in the house. The Inspector will examine: the doors, floors, walls, ceilings, closet(s), windows, electrical components, heating, cabinetry, counters, sinks, faucets, supply and drain piping, toilet, tub, tub surround, tub enclosure, tub tapset, shower head, shower base, shower surround, shower enclosure, and shower tapset. A moisture meter is used around the floor near toilets and on tiled tub/shower surrounds to check for moisture that may be actively penetrating the floor and walls at these areas.
ROOM BY ROOM
The inspector now inspects every room in the house individually. This includes all bedrooms, living room, family room, dining room, recreation room, and the den/office. Each room will be reported in individually as well, and includes: doors, floors, walls, ceiling, windows, closets, cabinetry, electrical, and wet bar (if applicable).
If the house is equipped with a fireplace(s), the Inspector will examine this too. The Inspector will comment on the firebox, visible flue, damper, hearth, mantle, and screening.
KITCHEN AND APPLIANCES
Here the Inspector will inspect the doors, floors, walls, ceiling, pantry/closet, windows, electrical, cabinetry, counters, sinks, faucets, supply and drain piping, refrigerator/freezer, stove/cook top, oven, exhaust/hood fan, dishwasher, garburator, and trash compactor.
CARBON MONOXIDE TESTING
The Inspector also conducts carbon monoxide tests during the Inspection and reports on CO levels measured at heating equipment, water heater, heat register, gas fireplace and gas stove (if equipped).
The Inspection will conclude with the Inspector performing a scan of the dwelling with an infrared camera. Any significant anomalies will be captured by the infrared camera as a ‘thermogram’ (picture), and the issues will be documented and described in the Inspection Report.
At this time the Inspector will sit down with the clients and go over the findings of the summary INSPECTION REPORT. The Inspector is an unbiased, third party. It is important to remember that the findings in the report should not be interpreted negatively. There are many positive comments that can be made about any property; however, that is not the purpose of the Inspection. The Report is designed to bring to your attention, items that may be in need of maintenance, repairs, or safety issues. The Inspector will then answer any remaining questions that the clients may have. After this, the Inspector will take the clients around the house to point out such things as plumbing shut-off valve locations, electrical panel, water heater, furnace, etc., and give a brief explanation of how the major systems operate, if the clients desire.