Home Inspection Tips
A home inspection is a visual inspection, that is non destructive and non invasive to the home and the properties. Rockburn Home Inspection Inc. follows the Standards of Practice as set out by The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors. The purpose of of these standards are to establish a minimum and uniform standard for home inspectors who are members of the association.
When a home inspector enters your home to perform an inspection it is important to remember the following to make the process as less disruptive as possible
- Ensure there is free and clear access to the major components of the house such as the furnace, hot water tank, main electrical or any sub panel, main water service, etc
- Make sure that all computers and electronic equipment are logged off. The inspector may shut down all power to the residence in order to safely remove the electrical panel cover(s);
- Make sure that all services are on including water, gas and power, so the inspector can easily operate the equipment;
- Storage items and materials are pulled away from the foundation walls so the inspector can view a substantial percentage of them:
- Access to the attics or crawl spaces are unlocked, have been freed of tape seals, wheatherstripping, or if they are painted shut, take the time to cut the seal. The home inspector will need access to these areas:
- Have any applicable documentation (such as a transferable roof warranty) available for the inspectors review, to help assess the life expectancy of the major components;
- Keep young children and pets out of harms way;
- Don't hide or conceal anything. The inspector is looking out for your best interest to assess the components of the home;
- Be sure to read the "Sellers Home" section below.
When entering a home for a pre purchase inspection it is important to remember the following to make the visit as memorable as possible
- Leave your wet and dirty footwear at the door (slippers or socks work best);
- Limit the participants. It's great that the moms and dads are excited about your potential purchase, but the fewer distractions to you and your inspector the better. This is your chance to learn as much as you can about the home in the allotted time;
- Have your agent or broker notify the existing owners and or tenants that we may be turning the power off at the main electrical panel in order to inspect it's components in a safe manner (in a private sale this will be your responsibility);
- Have your agent or broker find out from the vendor if there are any transferable warranties, an SPIS (Seller Property Information Statement) or any other documentation that the vendor has pertaining to the home (again in a private sale this is your responsibility);
- If the home is vacant, check with the agent or broker to ensure that all services are on, such as the power, water and gas. The inspector is there to inspect the equipment not trouble shoot it (in a private sale this is your responsibility)
- Be sure to read the "Your Home" section above;
- Most importantly, be there and participate. This is your time, and your time to learn.