Home Inspection Benefits  Do New Homes need Inspections  What is Inspected

Benefits of a Home Inspection
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Pre-purchase Inspection

Pre-listing Inspection

New Homes Need Inspections Too
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Home inspection isn't just for buyers of old houses. Some buyers of newly built homes get inspections, too.

The bulk of the inspection business remains the examination of houses that have been lived in. the inspection report then is a narrative of an aging house: leaky roof, crumbling mortar in the chimney, wheezy furnace, and so on. In contrast, the inspection of a newly built home focuses on finding the inevitable errors and omissions that occur during months of construction by laborers of varying experience and language.

Inspectors seldom find life-threatening mistakes in new homes. They mainly look for problems with fit and finish (such as walls that aren't straight), potential for leaks ( such as a poorly connected hookup for the dishwasher), mismatched electrical breakers (often found in the connection to the air conditioning compressor), and hot and cold water lines that are reversed.

Note the brick missing in this brand new home! All the other trades came and finished their work. Lack of communication on this project leaves this home vulnerable to squirrels or mice. Finding this and having it brought to the builder's attention is another good reason to have your NEW home inspected

Every new home should be inspected, either by the buyer or a qualified inspector. Such inspections don't cost much either. We don't charge as much money because with a new home. you're not looking for all the things as with a house that's older.

A distinction needs to be made here between an independent home inspection and one by a building inspector or municipal bylaw inspector. The building inspector enforces code compliance, not workmanship. A building inspector won't note a missing baseboard, but an independent inspector will. The lender requires progress reports as it releases construction money in draws, but those aren't full-fledged inspections, either.

New homes get independent inspections in one or more of three phases: while they're being built, after work is completed, but before the buyer moves in, and 10 or 11 months after the buyer takes possession. Why so late? Because most builders offer one-year warranties on cosmetic items. The inspector can provide a list of repairs to be made under warranty.

The best time to inspect a custom home is when it's dried in; all the walls are up, the electrical, plumbing and heating are complete but prior to sheetrocking the house. At this time you can see if you have your outlets and light fixtures in the right place and that none of the supporting structure has been compromised by subsequent trades.

This picture is of a few floor joists cut or notched to allow a gas line to be installed. Cutting or notching joists like this dramatically reduces their safe load carrying capacity. It is ok to drill a hole in the center of the joists to pass the gas line, but when they are cut at the edge, they are dramatically weakened. This was done on a NEW home.

It is also recommended to hire and inspector to go through the house after construction is finished and right before closing. At this point, the inspector looks for faults such as crooked walls, missing handrails, trip hazards caused by floors that aren't on the same level form room to room. and bathroom vents that exhaust moisture into the attic instead of outside.

A few people hire inspectors to examine houses in the month or two before the one-year warranty ends on cosmetic things (typically, there's a two-year warranty on systems and a longer warranty on the structure itself. For more warranty information visit Tarion Warranty Corporation.

We check for nail pops, missing items such as handrails and baseboards, as well as moisture and staining in the attic and basement. We also revisit the electrical system.

It is rare to find anything major. But for anxious owners, the piece of mind could be worth the price.

What is Inspected?
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We will provide a visual inspection of the homes various systems, including interior and exterior components. We will check exterior components including; roofing, flashing, chimneys, gutters, downspouts, wall surfaces, decks and porches, the foundation and the grading around it, including the driveway and sidewalks.

Interior systems that we check include; electrical, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, insulation, flooring, ceiling and wall finishes, windows and doors.

As with the outside of the home, the interior inspection is visual in nature, meaning that the inspector will not be able to see behind walls or under the floor.

A home inspection does not include appraisals, exact quotes for any repairs, or the pointing out of non-compliance with building code or regional bylaw requirements.

Your home inspection is intended to help you make an informed decision about buying a particular home and is not to be mistaken as a warranty on the house.