A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. This is usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares a written report, often using home inspection software, and delivers it to a client, typically the home buyer. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components. An inspector will check the roof, basement, heating system, water heater, air-conditioning system, structure, plumbing, electrical, and many other aspects of buildings looking for improper building practices, those items that require extensive repairs, items that are general maintenance issues, as well as some fire and safety issues. However, it should also be noted that a home inspection is not technically exhaustive and does not imply that every defect will be discovered. A general list of exclusions include but are not limited to: code or zoning violations, permit research, property measurements or surveys, boundaries, easements or right of way, conditions of title, proximity to environmental hazards, noise interference, soil or geological conditions, well water systems or water quality, underground sewer lines and/or waste disposal systems, buried piping, cisterns, underground water tanks and sprinkler systems to name a few. A complete list of standards and procedures for home inspections can be found at the NAHI or InterNACHI websites.
Vintage Home Inspection
Even vintage-home buyers should proceed with caution, before taking out a mortgage on that authentic Colonial, Victorian or Craftsman bungalow of their dreams.
Hiring a certified inspector is a smart move before any home purchase, but crucial when the house comes with a few decades of history.
We check everything from lead pipes and paint, asbestos, a buried oil tank, outdated knob-and-tube wiring to the foundation to name a few.
We provide indoor air quality testing services, indoor environmental assessments and indoor mold testing for homes, offices and industrial buildings in the Toronto and Southern Ontario area. Poor indoor air quality can have a profound effect on your health, productivity and enjoyment of your home or place of work. The EPA and Health Canada has found that the air quality indoors can be 6 to 10 times more polluted than the outdoor air in some industrialized cities. Our indoor air quality testing services can provide you with detailed information on the composition, sources and levels of indoor pollutants. Common indoor air quality pollutants can be caused by inadequate ventilation, poorly managed humidity levels, dust and particulate issues, chemical off gassing, combustible gases and sewer gas issues, water intrusion leading to mould growth, bacterial issues as well as poor building design and maintenance. An indoor air quality assessment can identify the levels as well as causes of poor indoor air quality by examining allergens in the breathing zone. It is only with this type of factual information that you can do something about the air you breathe. You don’t have to live or work in a sick building any longer. We perform detailed indoor environmental assessments, air quality testing as well as forensic mould inspections to help you improve your indoor environment.
An experienced inspector will prepare your Home Inspection Report with easy-to-read details on:
- The condition of every major component from the roof to the basement
- Major and minor deficiencies
- Any major expenditures necessary
- What to watch out for
- Helpful home preservation tips
- Safety concerns
- And much more
Our Home Inspector will review the detailed report with you to make sure you understand everything and answer any remaining questions.
A home inspection is a visual process where all of the items typically used within a home are tested and/or operated to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are opened and closed, roofing materials inspected, air-conditioning and heating systems operated. The Inspector will fill the sinks and tub(s), run the shower(s), and flush the toilets. All the while making notes on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion a report will be distributed to you.
New Construction Inspections
New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk through with the Builder’s Customer Service Representative or Superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the Builder depending on the Builder’s policy. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before you final walk through with the Builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. At the conclusion of the inspection a completed report will be distributed to you.
Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspections
Warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of your 1-year Builder Warranty. The inspection will be performed to verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed. You will be presented with a completed computerized report at the end of the inspection along with digital photos taken as needed for inaccessible areas.
Seller Certified Home Program (Pre-Listing Inspections)
Listing inspections are very good for the homeowner who may not be in tune with the condition of their home. A great number of sales are canceled due to the buyer’s shock at the “functional condition” of the home. It may look great, but have serious technical, safety, or functional issues present without the owner’s knowledge. Having the home inspected prior to placing on the market is the ideal way to identify and either repair or disclose the issue found in the Inspection Report. Obviously, repairing the items would be the most beneficial towards completing the sale. However, there may be financial reasons where the owner can’t make the repairs. Disclosing them up front and pricing the home based upon that disclosure will often times produce a higher net sales price for the owner.