Why a Home Inspection?
Roof - Structure, covering, penetrations, flashing and chimney
Electrical- Service drop, entrance, panel and branch circuit wiring
Structure - Floors, wall systems and roof framing
Heating and Central Air Conditioning - Oil, gas, electric, broiler, wood and combination systems
Exterior - Trim, cladding, foundation, grading and drainage, soffit and facia, eaves - troughing, deck, porch, garage and carport.
Plumbing - Supply, water heater, drain, waste and venting, fixtures and faucets
Insulation and Interior - Air/vapour barrier, basement, crawlspace, attic ventilation, walls, ceilings, floors, trim and cabinets, stairs, windows, skylights and doors.
Generally every home inspection will uncover around $2,000- $5,000 of required home improvements. This is typical and is not cause for alarm.
Choosing an Inspector
Is the inspector professionally trained?
Inspectors come from many varying backgrounds. You need to ensure they have a well balanced portfolio of knowledge which ideally includes specific training in the home inspection profession.
Is the inspector a member of The Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI)?
Membership in OHAI ensures the inspector has met high qualification and performance standards for the home inspection profession, participates in ongoing education and training, and is bound by a Code of Conduct which ensures impartiality to all clients.
Is the inspector a good communicator?
There are many technical details to house construction and systems. The inspector needs to be able to decipher this for you and communicate it in simple language.
Does the inspector provide a written report?
The report is the "meat" of the inspection and should be provided in a timely manner so that you can make your decision about the property.
What is the fee for the service?
The average cost of a home inspection is $350. Be wary of inspectors who charge exceptionally low rates compared to the competition in order to obtain business.
Talk with a prospective inspector and ask lots of questions.
** For a list of recommended inspectors please ask us!