Residential Home Inspection
- Pre-Listing Inspection
Thinking of selling your home? A Pre-Listing Inspection can provide you with the information you need about your house or condo in order to prepare it for sale. We will give you a list of deficiencies enabling you to correct the issues so your home will be in tip top condition for a quick sale.
- Purchase Inspection
Have an accepted offer on a home subject to inspection? We will go through the home with a “fine tooth comb” and generate a report that will detail important information you should know about your prospective purchase. Our aim is to identify significant issues that may exist in the house or condo so you can make a well informed decision. We will also report on minor issues that you may want to attend to once you have possession of your new home.
- Pre-offer Inspection
Sometimes, in a hot real estate market, you need to get information fast - even before you place an offer. A Pre-offer inspection is similar to a Purchase Inspection but can occur before you submit an offer. We work fast to provide the critical the information you need to determine if an offer is in your best interest.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a professional opinion on the condition of a house on the day of inspection based on a visual, non-destructive, survey of the accessible parts of the home to identify any major issues that may be present. The Home Inspector will be looking to find items within the home that are unsafe, deficient, or nearing/at the end of their service life.
The Home Inspector will look at the:
- Electrical system
- Heating and Cooling system
- Plumbing system
- Insulation and vapour barriers
- Mechanical and Natural Ventilation systems
A Home Inspection is not:
- an insurance policy, warranty or guarantee
- Invasive or use destructive testing
- Intended to find concealed issues
- A Code inspection (this is the responsibility of municipal and provincial building inspectors)
At the end of the inspection, the Inspector will provide you with a verbal summary of the major issues found and follow that up with a full written report with details and photos.
See an example of a report here:
What to expect on inspection day
If you are the seller:
We will arrive promptly at the arranged time. We will introduce ourselves to you and discuss how we will go about the inspection. We consider ourselves a guest in your home.
You are welcome to stay in home but most people chose to be away for the approximatly three hours it takes to complete the inspection.
It is appreciated if you can identify for us any attic or crawl space access points and make sure they are clear for our inspection.
At the end of the inspection, you will find your home as you left it as we do not do any invasive or destructive testing.
If we find any significant life-threatening issues in your home, we will communicate those to you for your own safety.
Our report, however, is for the sole use of our client and we cannot release it to you.
If you are the buyer:
We will meet you at the home at the arranged time. We will discuss how we will go through the inspection. You are welcome to accompany us on all or part of the inspection (not everyone wants to go into the attic or crawl space with us!). Some people choose to participate while others simply meet us at the end of the inspection to receive the report. Either way is fine with us.
We will start on the outside of the building and examine the exterior, roof, site, and visible electrical and plumbing systems. Then we will move inside to look at the attic and basement or crawl space, interior rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, heating and cooling systems, insulation and vapour barriers, structure, and remaining electrical and plumbing systems.
The full inspection should take approximately three hours depending on the size and complexity of the home Some inspections can take longer. We want to be thorough.
At the end of the inspection you will receive an immediate verbal briefing of the significant details which will be followed up by a full written report. (See example of report here: xxxx)
You are welcome to contact us at any time in the future to discuss your report if anything is unclear or you simply want further information. The report is yours and yours alone. We cannot release it to anyone (including your realtor) without your expressed written consent.