What is a Home Inspection and What Does it Cover?

Examina Inspections inspecting a furnace in a crawlspace.

July 1, 2023

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Examina Inspections

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical condition and performance of a residential property. It is usually conducted by a licensed home inspector who has the training and expertise to identify any defects or potential problems that may affect the value, safety, or functionality of the home. A home inspection can help home buyers make informed decisions, home sellers prepare their homes for sale, and homeowners maintain their homes in good condition.

A home inspection typically covers the following systems and components of a home:

  • Roofing: The inspector will check the roof covering, flashing, vents, skylights, chimneys, and drainage systems for any signs of damage, deterioration, or leakage.
  • Exterior: The inspector will examine the exterior walls, doors, windows, decks, balconies, stairs, railings, eaves, soffits, fascias, and grading for any defects or issues that may affect the structure or appearance of the home.
  • Structure: The inspector will evaluate the foundation, basement, crawlspace, floor structure, wall structure, ceiling structure, and roof structure for any evidence of movement, cracking, settlement, or water intrusion.
  • Electrical: The inspector will inspect the service entrance, main panel, subpanels, branch circuits, wiring methods, outlets, switches, fixtures, and grounding systems for any hazards or substandard configurations.
  • Heating: The inspector will assess the heating system type, fuel source, distribution system, controls, venting system, combustion air supply, and safety devices for any malfunctions or inefficiencies.
  • Cooling: The inspector will inspect the cooling system type, distribution system, controls, condensate drainage system, and safety devices for any problems or deficiencies.
  • Insulation and ventilation: The inspector will verify the insulation levels and materials in the attic, walls, floors, and crawlspace. The inspector will also check the ventilation systems in the attic, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry area, and crawlspace for proper airflow and moisture control.
  • Plumbing: The inspector will test the water supply system pressure and flow rate. The inspector will also inspect the water supply pipes, drain pipes, waste pipes, vent pipes, fixtures, faucets, valves, water heater, and fuel storage system for any leaks or defects.
  • Interior: The inspector will examine the interior walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, stairs, railings, cabinets, and countertops for any damage or malfunction.
  • Fireplaces: The inspector will inspect the fireplace type, fuel source, chimney, flue, damper, firebox, hearth, and mantel for any safety or performance issues.

A home inspection report is a written document that summarizes the findings and recommendations of the home inspector. It usually includes photos and diagrams to illustrate the condition and location of the inspected items. A home inspection report can help you negotiate repairs or price adjustments with the seller or contractor. It can also help you plan for future maintenance or improvements.

If you are looking for a reliable and professional home inspection service in Gibsons, Sechelt, Pender Harbour or any other location on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, look no further than Examina Inspections. We are licensed by Consumer Protection BC and follow the standards of practice set by the Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. We use state-of-the-art equipment and software to provide you with a comprehensive and easy-to-read report on the same day as your inspection. Contact us today to book your inspection!

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