What is a Residential Inspection?
A residential inspection is a professional consulting service that determines the present condition of the home’s major systems; based on a visual non-invasive inspection of accessible features that focus on the performance of the home. Inspections should be performed during real estate transactions, but may be done at any time. If a problem should arise, the Inspector will include a description of the issue in a written report and may recommend further evaluation by a qualified technician or contractor.
It is a vital part of the home buying process and emotions often run high, making it hard to imagine that there are any problems with the new home. A buyer or seller needs an unbiased inspector to find all potential problems with the home before they close the deal or buy the home. Once the inspection is performed, review the inspection report with the Inspector and ask as many questions as you like. You will walk away from the inspection with a complete understanding of the home’s current condition. Always choose an inspector that is licensed by the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) / Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI). Choosing a CAHPI / OAHI Inspector means, you are hiring someone who you can trust to objectively and independently provide you with a comprehensive analysis of the home’s major systems and components.
The inspection could take up to four or more hours to complete and all home inspections are performed in accordance with the CAHPI / OAHI Standards of Practice and a copy of these standards can be found at the following link: CAHPI / OAHI Standards of Practice. The client is invited to participate in the inspection and to converse with the Inspector as the inspection progresses. Click here to view a sample report.