A home inspection will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete depending on size, age and condition of the property. Inspection Reports include photo documentation and/or video where applicable. An in-depth, non-invasive, visual and physical examination of the property will be performed by an educationally trained, experienced, unbiased, Alberta Certified Home Inspector.
The inspection starts on the outside, where the Inspector examines the external elements and landscaping of the property, items that are observed and commented on include: lot grading, wall surfaces, exterior foundation walls, driveways, walkways, patio, retaining walls, window wells, eaves, soffit & fascia, electrical, entrance doors, windows, flashings & trims, decks, balconies, stairs, hand & guard railing, exterior faucets, covered/enclosed porches, fence & outbuildings.
Roofing: Inspect materials, flashings, flues and penetrations, eavestroughing, skylights and chimneys.
If there is a garage on the property, the Inspector will include this structure in the Inspection. The Inspector will examine the roof and exterior of the garage, and report on it the same way as the house. Then, if the garage is accessible, the Inspector will enter the garage and report on the interior components including: the floor, electrical, heating, interior walls, ceilings, doors, overhead doors, and motorized door openers.
The heating system is next to be inspected. The Inspector will identify the type(s) of heating system(s) and observe: the heating unit(s), burner chamber(s), exhaust/venting system(s), distribution/ducting system(s), and thermostats.
If the house is equipped with an air conditioning system, and outside air temperatures permit, the Inspector will identify and operate this system and report any deficiencies. If the house is equipped with a Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system, the inspector will identify and operate this system and report any deficiencies.
The next system to be inspected is the water heater (s) where the tank, combustion chamber (if applicable), exhaust/venting system, supply/distribution piping, are all reported on.
Attic: The Inspector will inspect the attic including: framing/structure, roof sheathing, vapour barrier, insulation, ventilation, and any plumbing – heating – electrical devices.
Structure: The Inspector examines the visible and accessible components of the structure including: foundation walls, foundation floor, posts/columns, beams, joists, subfloor and framing. Where possible, the Inspector uses a moisture meter to check stains, thermal imaging camera to seek moisture hidden behind finished walls/floors/ceilings.
Plumbing: The Inspector then examines the visible plumbing for the house. Locate and report on the main water shut-off valve, supply piping, waste/drain piping, venting, and if there is a sump pit, sump pump or a booster/ejector pump.
Electrical: The main electrical service is examined, followed by the main electrical panel and any sub panels. Completes this section by reporting on the general wiring or branch circuitry of the house.
Kitchen/Bathrooms/Laundry Area: Inspect the doors, floors, walls, ceilings, pantry/closet, doors, windows, electrical, cabinetry, counters, sinks, faucets, supply and drain piping, exhaust/hood fan, toilet, tub, tub surround, tub enclosure, tub faucets, shower base/surrounds/enclosure, jet tub, washer and dryer drainage/venting, A moisture meter and thermal imaging camera used to check for moisture that may be penetrating the floor and walls at these areas.
Fireplace: If house is equipped with a fireplace(s), the Inspector will examine and report on the type of unit(s) (thru-wall/chimney), visible fuel, manual or electric ignition, damper, shut-offs, hearth, mantle, and screening.
Health & Safety: Any smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in the house are tested using their normal operating controls, and the Inspector will make any recommendations in the report.b
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