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Home Inspection

Updated on September 8, 2014

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. 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.

A professional home inspector will inspect the following areas of your home:

Exterior - Check landscaping for any irregularities in water drainage or potential problems. Inspect driveways, retaining walls, decks, sidewalks, roof, windows, doors, cladding, foundation, window wells and porches etc.

Systems - Visually inspect and operate all HVAC, Plumbing and other motorized items such as sump pumps and humidifiers. Inspect electrical panel and installation to ensure installed in accordance with local code requirements.

Water Intrusion - Visually and by use of moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras check for any areas of moisture or water intrusion.

Door & Windows - Operate and note any deficiencies with doors and windows. Checking seals for leakage and noting any deficiencies.

Floors - Observe any defects in floor finishes, unlevel floors and any structural damage to floor supports.

Electrical - Test an appropriate amount of wall outlets and GFCI
protected outlets. Operate light switches for interior and exterior lights checking for functionability.

Renovation - Checking for signs of work done without a Building Permit, such as improper electrical installation, Improper support systems, improper material and poor workmanship.

Bathroom & Kitchen - Operate all fixtures and checking drains for operation and proper installation. Inspecting for previous or active water leaks.

Attics - Entering attic looking for moisture, mould and presence of moisture. Inspecting type of insulation and amount installed. Noting R value and depth of insulation. Recording any damage to insulation from human or rodent traffic.

Report - Including a picture of every deficiency in a easy to read computerized format which accurately conveys to client the condition of home that they are contemplating purchasing.

Ask Questions

Asking questions is the only way you can verify the knowledge and experience of your potential home inspector.
Asking questions is the only way you can verify the knowledge and experience of your potential home inspector. | Source

Choosing Your Home Inspector

You should call and talk to at least 3 different Home Inspectors that you have either chosen yourself or have been referred to by friend or relative. These are some sample questions for you to ask.

  1. What professional associations do you belong to?
  2. What experience do you have to qualify as a home inspector?
  3. How long have you been in business?
  4. Can you attend the inspection, follow inspector and ask questions?
  5. What does your home inspection cover?
  6. What type of report do I get at the inspection and for my records.
  7. Do you offer any guarantee?

These are sample questions only and there are many more items you can ask your home inspector. Just ensure your inspector is working for you and not your Realtor's interest.

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Actual Home Inspection Photos

Animal feces and other residual material can be expensive to remove from your attic.
Animal feces and other residual material can be expensive to remove from your attic. | Source
Vermiculite insulation can often contain asbestos which could be a health hazard.
Vermiculite insulation can often contain asbestos which could be a health hazard. | Source
Damage to structural support members requires repair by qualified personnel
Damage to structural support members requires repair by qualified personnel | Source
The presence of termites is an important factor when deciding to purchase home.
The presence of termites is an important factor when deciding to purchase home. | Source

Free Thermal Imaging

Free Thermal Imaging with every inspection
Free Thermal Imaging with every inspection | Source

the Barrie Home Inspector

Roger Frost has over 10 years of home inspection experience
Roger Frost has over 10 years of home inspection experience | Source

The Barrie Home Inspection Service

The Home Inspector

Meet Roger Frost the Barrie Home Inspector with over 10 years of inspection experience and the knowledge gained by performing over 5,000 home inspections.

Roger offers Free Thermal Imaging with Infrared Camera on all home inspections. Checking all exterior walls for missing insulation or hidden moisture content. Electrical panel is also scanned looking for hot spots in wiring and breakers.

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