While I perform most of my inspections for potential buyers, I also provide inspections for sellers and homeowners.
- My inspection process generally takes between 2 1⁄2 to 3 1⁄2 hours depending on the size and complexity of the home.
I encourage the buyer to attend the inspection so that I may discuss any issues, maintenance recommendations or grading concerns. It also presents an opportunity to explain the operation of the components and systems in the home. While it is generally more comfortable for all involved if the homeowner is not present, I have no issue if the owner chooses to remain home during the inspection. Note that the report is your property and I do not discuss my findings with anyone else without your permission. However, should I discover an issue that may pose a life safety concern for the current homeowner, I will notify them.
Overall, my goal is to complete a fair and accurate report on the condition of the home. It is not my intention to “nit-pick”. Although I will be using non-destructive tools, such as moisture and electrical testers, the inspection is essentially visual. I will be operating doors, windows, removing accessible panel covers and testing the mechanical systems of the home. Any appliances being sold with the home will also be examined and tested when applicable.
I begin the inspection at the exterior, checking the building envelope including siding, windows, doors and roof coverings. The roof is mounted as long as it can be safely accessed and weather permits. I will also be looking at the grading around the home, walks, decks and visible areas of the foundation. If there is a garage, it will be inspected at this time.
Inside, I prefer to start at the upper level and work my way down. My reasoning is that any potential plumbing and structural issues are easier to interpret as I approach the lower level.
The attic is viewed from the access hatch to verify proper ventilation and insulation. The structure is inspected for signs of mould and possible water intrusion, as well as to ensure that it is sound.
Finally, the basement / crawlspace is checked for condition of structure, insulation, ventilation and any signs of water intrusion or dampness.
On site, I will take you for a “walk-through” to discuss any deficiencies and give advice on possible solutions. I will also be showing you the location of shut offs for water, electrical and gas systems.
A comprehensive report including photos is then e-mailed to you. Your web based report also allows you access to a vast library of information including detailed drawings and explanations of the homes systems.