What is Inspected

Your Home Inspection is a VISUAL assessment of the buildings structure and systems.

View a detailed list of “What is Inspected” and “What is Not Inspected”.

Homes  Structure

Your Alliston Home Inspector will inspect entrances, foundations, cladding and decks looking for signs of failure or rot.  Typically any exposed wood will be probed to test for the presence of rot or insect infestation.  Any changes to structure will also be noted as any structural changes require a Building Permit.

Exterior of Home

The exterior inspection usually starts while approaching the home.  Roof lines and grading issues can usually be detected from driveway while walking up to the house.  Gutters, soffits, cladding, windows, decks and stairs are all inspected for conformity and safety concerns.   Drainage issues are noted where downspouts maybe causing water issues or improper grading of surface water.  All doors are operated and auto openers in garages are checked for operation and correct electrical connections.

Roof Inspection

Typically we will climb on roof during good weather to closely inspect shingles for wear and any faulty flashings.  Usually 20 years is the life expectancy for most builder grade shingles.  The south side of roof will usually show the most deterioration.  Some home sellers will only shingle part of the roof in an effort to save money.  Chimney’s have to be checked for cracked or missing caulking, open flashings and cracked flue tile.

Plumbing Inspection

We inspect and operate all water fixtures except for exterior taps.  Shut offs are identified as to their location in the home.  Washing machines and dishwasher drains are inspected to ensure compliance with regulations.  Any  use of atmospheric vents are inspected for compliance and location is noted.  Water heaters and flues are inspected for age, capacity and proper installation.  We also inspect older homes for any galvanized piping which may have been partly removed or other wise hidden from view.

Electrical Inspections

Service is inspected for drip loops and to ensure it is secure on the exterior of home.  Main panel is checked for unsecured cables, double tap connections and any unprotected openings into panel.  Circuits are checked for polarity which can be a safety issue.  All GFCI outlets are checked and tested for operation.   Electrical wiring is inspected to ensure professional installation with proper material used for proper and safe installation.  Older homes are checked for aluminum wiring and/or knob and tube wiring.

HVAC System

Furnaces are operated and flame (if visible) checked for combustion.  Furnace heat exchangers are usually guaranteed for 20 years, which is the average life expectancy of most furnaces.  Interior is inspected for any leaks, rust or noisy motors.   Filter location is noted and whether filter cover is properly installed.  Fresh air mix boxes are inspected to ensure proper damper is installed.   Air conditioners are not tested if ambient outside temperature is below 65 degrees F.   Oil tanks are inspected for ULC certification which is good for 10 years.   Tanks are also inspected for type of support and any visible rust on surface.

Interior Inspection

The floors, walls, ceilings are inspected for any signs of water intrusion or damage to finish.  All doors and windows are inspected and operated to ensure proper installation and operation.  Kitchen and bathroom cupboards are inspected and operated.   Basements walls, where visible, are checked for cracks and any signs of water intrusion.   Any foundation repairs are noted on report.  Stairs are checked for height, uniformity and handrails etc.

Attic Inspection

The attic access is checked to ensure presence of adequate seal.  Type and depth of insulation is noted.   Typically at least 3 areas of attic will be checked to ensure that vermiculite insulation has not been covered up with new layer of insulation.  Attic roof structure and type of sheathing is also noted on report.   Adequate ventilation is also inspected and any deficiencies noted on report.

WETT Inspection

Any wood burning appliance is inspected to ensure compliance if requested by home owner.   Wood stove, Fireplaces,  Inserts and Pellet stoves usually will require a WETT Certified Inspection for insurance purposes.