Home Inspection Process for Buyers
All our Home Inspections are based on the InterNachi Standards of Practice. This is a detailed list of items included in your Home Inspection and a list of what is not inspected. There is also a Glossary of Terms to help you understand what is being described. Some items such as Wells, Septic Systems and Backup Generators may require the services of a specialist. Always contact your Home Inspector to find out exactly what is included in the home inspection and what their fees are.
HOW WE PERFORM A HOME INSPECTION
All our inspections start while we are pulling up to the property. We are inspecting roof lines, lot grading, condition of driveway and any sidewalks or retaining walls. The exterior inspection includes all windows, doors, decks, sidewalks, a/c unit, balconies and what ever cladding is on the window. ( cracked caulking and settlement cracks in foundation are the most commonly identified deficiencies. The interior inspection starts in the basement, this is where most of the major and most expensive systems are. Inspecting the basement usually indicator of what to expect in the rest of the house, if there are too many “do it yourself” issues they will typically be found throughout the house.
Know Your Home Inspector – Ask Questions
The primary purpose of the inspection is to educate you about the general condition of the home.
You are encouraged to attend the inspection. It is an opportunity for you to acquire a better understanding of the systems of your new home. In addition maintenance, repair and cost effective improvement advice is provided to increase this understanding. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you like to ensure we have addressed all your concerns.
We thoroughly inspect all the systems within your home. This covers the structural and mechanical elements of the home to ensure they were constructed properly and with the correct materials, and that these systems are not suffering from decay. Electrical systems are covered to determine they properly deliver energy needs adequately and safely. The building envelope is inspected to check the integrity of insulation, vapour barriers, ventilation and the ability to resist weather.
Inspecting your homes Electrical System is an important part of the Home Inspection. Older homes may only have a 60 amp service. ( most insurance companies will require minimum upgrade to 100 amp service ) Century Homes all had Knob and Tube wiring at one time or another. Sometimes the are some of this circuits still in use. ( typically found in attics etc ) In the fifties there was old two wire in use which does not contain any grounding. Another item commonly found in older homes is Asbestos. Vermiculite Insulation was popular for a time but unfortunately one of the main mines who manufactured this product was found to contain Asbestos. You cannot visually identify asbestos, product has to be sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Free Thermal Imaging with Every Inspection
Our Free Thermal Imaging can help identify hidden moisture, missing insulation and electrical hot spots.