Types of Inspections
A pre-purchase inspection is typically requested by the people interested in purchasing the house. Its purpose is to identify any conditions which could influence the purchaser’s decision whether or not to purchase the house. After receiving the inspection report, the purchaser can either request that the homeowner address some or all of the conditions found, negotiate a new price for the house, decide to purchase, or not to purchase the property.
A pre-purchase inspection is also an excellent way to learn more about things that may need to be addressed immediately or in the future, about regular house maintenance items and about the house in general.
A pool/spa inspection is not part of a standard home inspection and can be performed at the same time as the home inspection using a separate pool inspection scope and standards of practice.
What gets inspected: pool barriers (fences, walls, gates, doors and house door safety alarms, etc), landscaping & vegetation (ground slope, negative effects of vegetation on the pool and barriers), pool decking (concrete and masonry walkways and decking near the pool for damage and safety, etc), pool interior (walls, stairs, rails, ladders, visible water level and cleanliness, etc), circulation and filtration (drains, skimmers, strainer, pump, filter, accessible piping, valves, gauges, inlets, etc), electrical (panels, timer box, accessible bonding, grounding, wiring, junction boxes, receptacles, switches, exterior lighting, pool lighting, etc), heating (pool heater and related equipment), safety equipment, pool shed and pump house, etc. Water chemistry is not tested during the inspection as it could change between the time of purchase and the possession of the house.
A pre-listing inspection is typically requested by the homeowner or a real estate agent. Its purpose is to identify any conditions with the house which need to be addressed prior to putting the house up for sale. After receiving the inspection report, the homeowner can then address any conditions found during the inspection. The house will then be more presentable, can be listed for a higher value and could be easier to sell.
A post purchase-inspection, also known as a maintenance inspection, is typically requested by the new owners of the house where, due to circumstances such as multiple offers, a home inspection could not be performed.
It is the same as a pre-purchase inspection and its main purpose is to find conditions in the house which need to be addressed immediately or in the future. This can be minor maintenance issues to a furnace or air conditioner which is past its life expectancy and needs to be replaced. Many new homeowners may be unaware of conditions which could influence the house in a negative way. For example: A simple maintenance issue such as: the caulking around a window is old and has decayed. This can be a water entry point for rain or melting snow. Water could get behind the caulking, into the window framing and enter the wall system wetting the wood wall framing, causing it to rot. Structure and finishes could be damaged. Overtime mould could grow. Carpenter ants are also attracted to moist wood and might enter the wall and cause a lot of damage. All of this could cause thousands of dollars to repair. Not to mention the hassles of finding an honest contractor and dealing with all of the mess and inconvenience. All of this might have been avoided by re-caulking the window. A condition which could have been found during a post-purchase inspection.
Although a post-purchase inspection is done after the house has already been purchased, it is an excellent way to learn more about things that may need to be addressed, about regular house maintenance items and about the house in general.
Peter’s Professional Home Inspections is based in Hamilton and services Toronto to Port Dover to Niagara Falls and all areas in between.