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The practice of Home Inspection has become very popular, and as a result, you should expect one to be performed on your home. You should understand the process and how to prepare.

Who will attend?

Usually the Buyer and the Buyer's Agent, along with the Home Inspector will attend. It is preferable that the Seller not be present for the inspection.

How long will it take?

Typically, 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Homes that are older, larger, and those that have substantial additions, renovations or difficult access areas, such as attics and crawl spaces will take a little longer.

How and what will he inspect?

The exterior of the house is the normal starting point. The Inspector may go up on the roof and then proceed around the outside. He will go into the basement and/or crawlspace to examine the major systems in the house, including the structure, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and the electrical and plumbing systems.

In addition to the work in the basement, he will go through the rest of the house and test all plumbing fixtures, operate windows and doors, look under sinks, in closets and inspect the attic's structural components, as well as its insulation and ventilation.

A more detailed explanation of what is inspected along with limitations and exclusions are more particularly described in the "Standards of Practice" of the "Ontario Association of Home Inspectors."

How you can prepare!

Provide access and adequate lighting to all parts of the home including basement and garage. Replace any burned out or missing bulbs.

  1. Provide documentation pertaining to replacement or maintenance of components or systems as well as copies of any warranties that are transferable to the buyer.
  2. A clean fireplace or woodstove is easier to inspect.
  3. Most importantly, provide unobstructed access to the following:
    • main water service entrance, including meter and shut-off valve, or if a rural property, the well water entrance, pressure tank, etc.
    • hot water tank
    • shut off valves to external hose bibbs
    • floor drain or sump pump
    • provide access to storm and sanitary sewer drains, or if a rural property, the septic tank main drain cleanout plug.
    • electric service entrance, including main distribution panel and any sub panels. (They could be located in the garage, basement, outbuildings, or, in older homes, in bedroom closets.)
    • furnace or boiler, including vent connectors, chimneys and fuel storage tanks ( oil & propane)
    • air conditioner ( exterior and interior components)
    • air exchanger or Heat Recovery Ventilator
    • attic hatch - especially those located in closets. Removal of clothes and storage is recommended.
    • access to crawl space, if applicable.
    • interior surface of foundation walls where practical

With your assistance and preparation, the Home Inspection will be faster, more efficient and a more pleasant experience for all participants.

Sunday, 12 July 2020
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