What to expect from your Home Inspection
Upon a mutually agreed time, I will meet you in the driveway of your prospective home, condominium, (or current home, as I also perform pre listing inspections). You will be asked to sign an agreement, discussing limitations and exclusions of your inspection. Please feel free to accompany me as we look at your home!
We start on the outside taking a look at the roof, siding, grading, decks, windows, electrical entrance, decks and other systems pertaining to the outside of the home and property. Well and Septic, fences, sheds, hot tubs or pools are specialized systems and usually not included during the inspection, as these are usually specialized services. We will likely discuss: the grading around your home, caulking, weather-stripping, and painting in the form of regular maintenance. Once all observations noted, and questions answered we move inside to the basement or crawl space.
The basement Ė Heating system, Hot water tank, laundry facilities, electrical panel, entrance to the garage and other installed equipment, located within the lowest level are some areas I focus on. Any system that helps the home function, I observe. I will identify immediately any areas of concern or something that may help in the safety or comfort of your new home.
On the main and subsequent levels I continue to observe floors, walls, ceilings, water and drainage systems, doors, washrooms, windows and attic access. I will check a representative number of outlets to verify function. Under sinks and toilets I look for evidence of past leakage, plumbing traps and materials used. I open and close all doors and windows; inspect your wood-burning fireplace, wood or pellet stove (if installed).
In the attic I will note the level and type of insulation; assess ventilation, signs of past leakage, or other areas of concern. I will also observe around any penetrations in the roof such as plumbing vent pipes, kitchen or bathroom exhaust piping, and a chimney penetrating thru the attic space.
I usually do not walk on the roof as it tends to make my insurance company uncomfortable, is an extra danger, and may lead to roof surface damage.
The inspection is complete. I verbally review findings and answer any questions you may have; I will write the report. We will sit and review it together as your schedule permits, (in some cases as little as two hours later). Youíll not find any new information within the report about your home. It is organized and presented in a format discussing the different systems within your home, and a summery. Your report may help to provide a list of repairs or maintenance recommended.
The report is yours to keep, as it also contains reference information tailored for your home, or areas of concern. These references are general information and are distributed with permission from the source. These references may provide you with knowledge to help take care of your home, with energy efficiency in mind.
All home inspectors have their own procedure to inspect your home. This is my way of systematically assessing one of your largest purchases of your life. I donít want to leave anything out.
Thank you for your time. I hope you have a better understanding of your home inspection process. I look forward to meeting you.
Julie Peck, your home inspector
Peck Home Inspections