Depending on the size of your home, the inspection may take from 2 to 4 hours. We offer a quality home inspection you can rely on. We focus on the key systems including the structure (foundation and walls), roof, electrical, heating, and plumbing.
From the moment we drive onto the street where the house is located, we begin surveying the topography surrounding the property. The lay of the land gives insight into how the environment will affect the home. An effective site survey will begin to tell the tale and give clues as to what we may expect.
The balance of this article will help to address the notion that Home Inspectors don’t look at what they can’t see and outline what you can expect V.I. Inspection is looking for when you hire us. We offer more than a checklist style inspection and pride ourselves on being thorough, experienced and knowledgeable.
Foundation and Walls:
We visually inspect the foundation and walls for items such as cracking, uneven settling and signs of movement, water ingress, rot, insect habitation and any repair work that you may not be aware of. Tools used in this inspection include moisture meters, levels, and inspection cameras designed for entering small areas and in some cases tools for invasive inspection.
A visual inspection of the roof is undertaken from walking on the roof when possible, off of a ladder, or from the ground in the most difficult circumstances. With respect to the roof, we inspect for:
We inspect the electrical system from the entry point of the home, through to the plugs and switches. With the removal of a few random covers and by examining the electrical panel, we will look at the type of wiring, to see if the home is wired properly, and ensure everything is working appropriately. A basic load calculation will be conducted during the time of inspection as a courtesy. This is also not a requirement under our certification and should not be relied upon without consulting a certified electrician.
**As a side note, the electrical panel cannot be opened without the consent of the owner to have the power shut off. It is against WCB, BC Safety Authority and ASTTBC Regulations to open an energized panel.**
We inspect the mechanical systems including heating, cooling, water heater and any other system discovered in the home; however, systems such as central vacuum and appliances are excluded from our inspection. We examine each system to ensure it is working correctly and give an estimate on its remaining life. As well, we will educate you on what you may be buying and offer tips on how to maintain it.
We inspect the plumbing system from where water enters the home to where it leaves. We examine every opportunity to view the system, making notes of the type of pipe, how it is secured, and if there are any signs of leakage (current or previously).
Finally, throughout the entire process we watch for any safety concerns, things to keep an eye on, and share general maintenance tips that we have learned over the years. By ensuring all of these systems are functioning as they are supposed to, and giving you tips on proper maintenance/upkeep, we hope to help you reduce costs and extend the life of your home.
Following the inspection you will be provided with a detailed and comprehensive report that will include a complete tour of the home, the scope of the inspection and the accountability standards set by the ASTTBC that you can expect from your home inspector. As well, you are welcome to contact us at any time to discuss the report and we will be happy to answer any questions.
Call today for your inspection at 778-678-6444