What is a Home Inspection?
A Home Inspection is a visual examination of the all the readily accessible systems and physical structural elements of a home. We look for signs of past and potential new problems that might arise. The inspection is limited to a visual inspection as most inspections are done prior to the buyer owning the home. This means we cannot do an invasive or destructive inspection methods.
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
The Home Inspection reviews any potential problems that may come up and increase the cost of ownership. Knowing the potential problems will help you make an educated decision before you buy or what actions need to be taken to resolve the issue. We also review how to operate your home in an efficient manner and maintenance tips to keep things running optimally.
What is inspected during the Home Inspection?
Your home will be inspected by an experienced, certified professional in strict accordance with the CAHPI (Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors) Standards of Practice. Every inspection will review each component as outlined below:
- Exterior walls and foundations details
- Roofing, Chimneys and Drainage
- Exterior Perimeter of the house
- Heating and Cooling
- Interior walls, floors and ceilings
- Bedrooms and Bathrooms
- Attic components, Insulation levels and type and Attic Ventilation
- Basements and Crawlspaces
- Mechanical rooms (furnace, Air Conditioner, water heater etc…)
- Electrical panel
- Doors and Windows
You will receive a report explaining each area of concern. All areas of concern will be discussed prior to us leaving the property. If you require us to provide more explanation we will be available further discussions or explanations. Once we leave the house the relationship does not stop there. We remain your consultant and resource for as long as you own your home.
How long is a typical Home Inspectors Group Inspection?
Our inspections take between 2 ½ hours to 4 hours as we have typically have two inspectors at every inspection.
Why should I inspect a brand new house?
If you’re considering purchasing a new home, congratulations! It’s an exciting and rewarding process.
To help you prepare, Tarion has developed 10 Tips for New Home Buyers which offer some ideas about how to choose a home that is right for you, where to find legal and financial advice, and what is covered under the warranty that comes with most new homes built in Ontario.
However, sometimes new home builders do make mistakes and inspecting your new home only helps you file with Tarion so your New Home Warranty can be used effectively. It’s there for you!
What if I can’t be there during the Inspection?
We highly recommend that you are present during the inspection. However, if time or circumstances do not allow, you will receive a report with pictures detailing the small and large problems so you can make an informed decision.
Do I receive the report during the inspection or after?
We have the ability to provide you a report during the inspection or after. Typically a report is sent via email same day or next day. However, this is best discussed with the Home Inspector during the inspection and he will accommodate your request.