Residential Home Inspection

Residential Home Inspection

Don’t be Surprised.

 

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 online/pdf 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.

 

A Residential Home Inspection will cover these eight systems:

Roof
Roof covering & decking, flashings, rafters & trusses, chimneys, skylights, vents, gutters & downspouts

Exterior
House siding, caulking, downspouts, paths near house, attached decks and porches, grading & sod

Structure
Foundation, framing, floor systems, rafters & trusses

Interior
Floors, walls, windows, doors, skylights, locks, ceilings

Plumbing
Water heater, plumbing systems including sinks, showers, baths and showers

Electrical
Service drop, electrical panel, wiring, outlets & switches

HVAC
Furnaces, hot water heaters, air conditioners, heat recovery ventilator (HRV) their shut-off valves and switches.

Insulation
Attic and wall insulation, roof vents

 

Optional service:

Infrared Thermography
Inspect the roof system, walls, floors, windows, the electrical and plumbing systems for hidden problems. Book the Infrared Thermography Inspection at the same time as your Residential Home Inspection and get it for free!

 

Residential Inspection Pricing

We charge $450 for our Home Inspection. The fee is due on the day and time of the inspection and can be paid in cash, credit card, Apple Pay, Android Pay or INTERAC Flash. HST is extra.

Author

Erwin Gerrits, CPI, is a Certified Professional Inspector®, and has completed Carson Dunlop’s Home Inspection Program with Honours at Algonquin College.