Residential and commercial property inspections are essentially visual inspections. Residential inspections are conducted according to the Standards of Practice (SOP) of American and Canadian associations that clearly spell out what areas should be inspected and what are the limitations of the visual home inspection. Commercial inspections are conducted according to ASTM Standards E-2018 that provide guideline for performing Property Condition Assessment (PCA) and completing Property Condition Report (PCR). Both SOP and baseline PCA are minimum standards that all inspectors need to follow. However they do not preclude inspectors from going extra mile to deliver more value to their customers. For example, SOP do not require inspector to climb on the roof. Indeed roofs are dangerous and not every roof can be accessed safely. However inspectors should always try climbing on the roof whenever possible for more detailed and precise inspection. Visual inspection does not have to be technically exhaustive however many inspectors use sophisticated state of the art equipment that allows them to pinpoint certain concerns and get to the bottom of the suspected issues. Mechanical and electrical equipment is constantly evolving and inspector should always be on top of the latest developments by taking continues education courses and expanding the base knowledge. When hiring a home inspector you should always keep in mind that inspection requires work, serious work and not just a quick look around. Bottom line – do your due diligence and ask lots of questions before committing to the inspection contract based on the lowest fee. We offer two types of residential inspection: Standard and Premium. Our Standard inspection takes on average 3 hours and we inspect visually the following systems and components:
- Roofing (including gutters and downspouts)
- Structure (including basement, crawl space, slab-on-grade)
- Exterior (including driveway, walkway, retaining walls)
- Grading and lot (including proper drainage)
- Attached garage
- Electrical (including service and distribution panel)
- Plumbing (including all fixtures)
- Heating and Cooling
- Insulation (where visible)
- Interior (room by room)
As a result of this inspection you will receive computer generated narrative report a sample of which could be found here.
If you would like to obtain more detailed information about your property, including energy efficiency concerns, energy score achieved by the house on the EnerGuide scale, comfort, missing insulation behind walls, condition of the windows’ frame, glazing and spacer, electrical and mechanical connections, moisture trapped behind the wall, etc. you may opt to have a Premium inspection. Our Premium inspection includes all features of the Standard inspection plus Infrared Thermal Imaging with the Blower Door test. Premium inspection takes on average 4.5 to 5 hours.
Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection
Sellers can speed their home inspection by following these suggestions. The inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.
- Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
- Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
- Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a “Light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
- Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
- Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites.
- Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
- Unlock areas the inspector must access – attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.
- Trim tree limbs to 10′ from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.
- Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.
Our fees depend on the size of the home, age of the home, its location, finished basement, number of rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and even fluctuating gas prices. The fees start from $435 for the house less than 1999 sq. ft, less than 30 years old with completely unfinished basement. A travel surcharge of 85 c/km will be applied to the portion above 100 km round trip from our office to the property. This charge will be added to the quoted inspection fee. Taxes are not included.
We can also provide you with some other services, such as: one item inspection, Indoor Air Quality investigation, mold sampling, HRV balancing, renovations’ consultation, phase inspections, energy audits, electrical inspections, ENERGY STAR evaluations, contractors’ dispute resolution.
Please call us at416-909-6467 for more information.