What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination and professional opinion of the performance of readily accessible installed systems in a home. It is a non-invasive/non-destructive exercise to identify components that are significantly deficient, unsafe or near the end of their life. It is not an insurance policy, guarantee or warranty on the home or the ability to predict the remaining life of any building component.
What is included in a Home Inspection?
A home inspection includes a visual examination, performance evaluation and report documentation of the roof, structure, exterior, interior, electrical system, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, plumbing system, insulation and vapour barrier.
Why is a home inspection important?
A home inspection is important to ensure all installed systems and components of the home operate as they are intended. The purchase of a home one of the largest investments you will ever make, ensuring that it is safe and is not going to cost you thousands of dollars in repairs is money well spent.
Should you attend the home inspection?
You should make it a point to attend the home inspection, there are many aspects to the home that are unveiled in a home inspection but only major deficiencies are normally documented in your report. Shadowing an inspector through the home is encouraged to help you to identify any minor deficiencies and maintenance requirements. (Please note this is not the time to show family and friends your anticipated purchase, your undivided attention is required and appreciated to fully understand conditions of the home. Your Realtor can schedule additional visits after the inspection.)
How long does a home inspection take?
Typically a home inspection takes approximately two to three hours. The length of the inspection will vary depending on the size, age, condition and complexity of the home. After the physical inspection is complete a written report is constructed documenting all major deficiencies of the home. This may take an additional couple of hours to complete and up to 24 hours to be returned to the client.
What is Infrared Thermography?
Infrared Thermography is the process of acquiring and analyzing of thermal information from non-contact thermal imaging cameras. Thermal imaging detects heat emitted by objects in real time to assess anomalies in walls such as moisture, missing insulation, air infiltration, poor workmanship and possibly even presence of insects or vermin infestations. It can also be used to detect electrical deficiencies and overheating mechanical equipment. Although an infrared camera cannot see through walls it detects temperatures like pixels of a digital camera in order to determine warmer or cooler areas. With this information a certified Thermographer with a Level 1 Building Investigations training can interpret the images to determine what images are typical and where there may be areas of concern.