About Home Inspections

What is a home inspection ?

 

A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible systems and components of a residential property defined by a home inspection Standards of Practice and is based on the observations made by the home inspector at the time of the inspection, which is not a prediction of future conditions.

 

The main purpose of a home inspection is to identify the larger conditions in the house which might influence the purchaser’s decision as to whether to purchase the house or not.

​An average home inspection takes approx. 2 ½ to 3 hours to complete. However, it could take a little less or more time depending on the size, age and condition of the house.

Overall, a home inspection provides excellent value, is a great way to learn about the house, and is an important part of a real estate transaction.

 

Peter’s Professional Home Inspections follows the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) National Home Inspection Standards of Practice CAN/CSA-A770-16:

Cick on the house below to view the CAN/CSA-A770-16 Standards of Practice.

What gets inspected ?

 

Structure

  • Foundation

  • Floor structure

  • Wall structure

  • Ceiling structure

  • Roof structure

  • etc.

 

Roofing

  • Roof covering (shingles etc.)

  • Drainage

  • Flashings and trim

  • Roof penetrations

  • Skylights

  • etc.

 

Exterior

 

  • Grading (ground slope)

  • Cladding (brick, siding, stucco etc.)

  • Exterior doors

  • Decks, balconies, porches, steps, railings

  • Walkways, driveways, and patios

  • Garages and carports

  • etc.

 

Heating

  • Furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, baseboards, etc.

  • Fireplaces

  • Fuel storage and distribution

  • Ducts, registers, grills

  • Venting, flues (if accessible), chimneys

  • etc.

Cooling

  • Air conditioners

  • Refrigerant lines

  • Condensate system

  • Ducts registers, grills

  • etc.

 

Electrical

  • Panels, fuses or breakers

  • Wiring (where accessible)

  • System grounding

  • Representative number of lighting

  • Fixtures, switches and plug outlets

  • GFCI and AFCI

  • Presence of smoke detectors and CO alarms

  • etc.

 

Plumbing

  • Water supply and distribution (where accessible)

  • Fixtures and faucets

  • Drain, waste and venting (where accessible)

  • Water heater

  • Sump pumps

  • etc.

 

Insulation and ventilation

  • Insulation (where accessible)

  • Air/vapour barriers (where accessible)

  • Attic and crawlspace ventilation

  • Mechanical ventilation: kitchen, bathroom, laundry

  • etc.

 

Interior

  • Walls, ceilings, and floors

  • Steps, stairways, and railings

  • Representative number of doors and windows

  • Cabinets and countertops

  • etc.

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