What's included in a Home Inspection?

 

The Certified Spot Home Inspector will inspect a home starting with the exterior and finishing with the interior.   The report also contains illustrations of typical components that you will find in a home and tips for seasonal home maintenance.  With a detailed inspection report, you will have a better understanding of the overall condition of the property in order to make an informed purchase decision.

 

What you will get with our Home Inspections?

 

A Complete Top to Bottom Spot Inspection of the Home which includes the following: ​

Shown below is an outline of several of the key things our home inspectors look for.  

1. ROOF SYSTEM INSPECTIONS

  • Flat roof covering.

  • Sloped roof covering.

  • The roof drainage systems.

 

2. EXTERIOR INSPECTIONS

  • The exterior wall covering, flashing, exterior trim.

  • The exterior doors, windows and window wells.

  • The attached decks, balconies, steps and porches.

  • Eaves, soffits, and fascia, where accessible from the ground level.

  • The grading around the house.

  • The down pipes and the down pipes extensions.

  • The garage gas proof, the garage doors and garage door operators.

  • Drive ways and walk ways.

  • Basement walk-outs

 

3. STRUCTURAL SYSTEM INSPECTIONS

  • The accessible structural components of the foundation and super

       Structure.

  • The floor structure, wall structure, ceiling structure.

  • Floor rattling and squeaking.

  • Roof structure (trusses, joists and metal & wood sheeting).

  • Steel beams, wood beams and columns.

  • Suspended concrete floor slabs and slab on grade.

  • Wall bearing and joist hangers.

  • Fire separations.

  • Cracks in the foundation walls, settlement and frost up-lift.

  • Underground garage leaks and basement leaks.

 

4. ELECTRICAL SYSTEM INSPECTIONS

  • The service drop, service equipment and the service grounding.

  • The interior components of service panels and sub panels.

  • Location of the main electrical panel.

  • The size of the service.

  • The ground and arc fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) & (AFCI).

  • Representative number of electrical outlets.

  • The type of the distribution wiring (copper, aluminum or knob &

       tube).

5. HEATING SYSTEM INSPECTIONS

  • The heating equipment (roof tops, furnaces, boilers)

  • Furnace efficiency (conventional, mid efficiency & high efficiency).

  • Type of fuel (gas, oil, electricity).

  • Baseboard heaters, fan heaters, radiant heat.

  • Air filters and electronic, electrostatic air filters

  • Adequate air for combustion.

  • The vent system and the flues.

  • Duct system (air supply & air return).

  • Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV).

  • Humidifier

6. AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS INSPECTIONS

  • The central air conditioning systems

 

7. PLUMBING SYSTEM INSPECTIONS

  • The location water meter and the main shut-off valve.

  • The interior water supply and distribution systems.

  • The functioning of all plumbing fixtures and faucets.

  • The location of the hose bib shut-off valve (inside the house).

  • The water pressure.

  • The location of the main floor drain.

  • The condition of the caulking & grout in the showers & tubs.

 

8. INSULATION INSPECTIONS

  • The insulation in the attic.

  • The insulation and vapour barriers in unfinished spaces.

  • The “R” Value of the insulation.

9. VENTILATION INSPECTIONS

  • The ventilation of attics.

  • The mechanical ventilation systems for the washrooms & kitchens.

  • The ventilation of the furnaces, hot water tanks & dryers.

  • Check vent pipes to make sure they discharge outside of the building.

  • Check that the vent pipes are insulated to avoid any condensation.

10. INTERIOR INSPECTIONS

  • The walls, ceilings, and floors.

  • The steps, stairways, hand railing and railings.

  • Representative number of doors and windows.

  • Presence of smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors

  • Evidence of water leaks in the basement.

  • Evidence of water leaks around the windows.

  • Squeaks in the floor.

Electronic Home Inspection Report

The inspection and report will be performed in accordance with the current Standards of Practice (the “Standards”) of The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) which are included in the link: https://www.nachi.org/sop.htm

Upon completion of the inspection, you will receive a detailed electronic report that outlines all defects found and the resulting recommendations within 24 hours of the completion of inspection.  With the option of a PDF or web based report, you can view the report from anywhere using a laptop, tablet or smartphone.  The report contains colour photos of the defects, colour illustrations and the resulting recommendations.  The report also contains helpful SPOT Homeowner Tips, Information and Illustrations for your reference.

​​Use Of Photos 

Your report includes many photographs which help to clarify where the inspector went, what was looked at, and the condition of a system or component at the time of the inspection. Some of the pictures may be of deficiencies or problem areas, these are to help you better understand what is documented in this report and may allow you see areas or items that you normally would not see. A pictured issue does not necessarily mean that the issue was limited to that area only, but may be a representation of a condition that is in multiple places. Not all areas of deficiencies or conditions will be supported with photos.

The Latest Home Inspection Technology 

For home inspection we use the latest non-invasive technology, tools and instruments, including Thermal Imaging, Moisture Meter, Laser Thermometer, Electrical Testers, and Electrical GFCI (Ground Fault Interrupter Circuit) Testers among other tools. We inspect all major components of the house from the exterior to the interior.

A Home Inspection Maintenance Tips 

Your report includes the SPOT Homeowner Maintenance Tips Guide. Good maintenance protects your investment, enhances comfort, extends life expediencies and reduces your costs. These maintenance helpful tips guide you on maintaining your home, saving energy and how your home works.  This is an excellent source of helpful information for experienced home owners and first time buyers.

Support After Moving In

We take pride in providing support to clients after they take possession of their home.  We are only a phone call away to answer any of your questions.  To us, servicing a client is more than just a transaction, rather it’s an enjoyable overall experience.​​​​

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