What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical condition of a home, and its components taking roughly 3 ½ hours, followed by a verbal executive report on any major items found. The final report is delivered by email roughly 24 to 36 hours later. This is usually, but not always, connected to the sale of the home or building and its findings often determine the successful completion of the sale.
A home inspection includes an examination of the foundation, roof, attic, insulation, heating, plumbing, interior, electrical as well as the general condition of the structure and exterior itself. An inspector will look for poor construction practices, components that do not operate as designed, and make note of any repairs that might be required. Most importantly, they will make notes of any fire or safety issues that need to be addressed.
Home inspections are not a compliance to building codes or conducted on a pass or fail basis. It provides a report showing an itemized list of the condition of the home or building and any work that should be done. The inspection and the creation of the report is often a condition of the sale of the home and are conducted on about 85% of all real estate home transactions.
While no provincial or federal legislated or certification requirement exists – ProbeComm home inspectors follow the Standards of Practices and Code of Ethics as set out by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).
Why A Home Inspection?
The decision to purchase a home involves a lot of thought. Not only do you have to consider the price but also the size, style, floor plan, and the different appeals of various neighborhoods. While considering all of these the fundamental question arises - Is the house sound? What kind of repairs are needed and what are the associated costs?
Your decision to purchase, and frequently the price of the home may be affected by all of these factors. A ProbeComm home Inspection can help you by giving you the information you need, and to remove some of the worry about home ownership, and provide peace of mind.