Home Inspections have become an industry standard, 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?

In most cases the Buyer/s, Buyers agent and Home Inspector will attend. It is preferable that the Seller not be present during the inspection to allow the Buyer and Inspector to work freely throughout the home

What to expect from a Home Inspector?

The Home Inspector will usually start his inspection on the exterior of the property, first inspecting the roof and the full exterior of the home. The inspector will be looking for drainage issues or concerns, foundation cracks, anything that may be expensive or unsafe or simply needs to be addressed. Once complete he will proceed to the interior of the property inspecting the basement, crawl spaces, and all major functions of the home. These functions include but are not limited to the heating system, air conditioning, ventilation, electrical, and plumbing. The inspector will inspect each room in the home, testing electrical outlets, plumbing fixtures, look under sinks, inside closets,  operate windows and doors to ensure they open and close properly and inspect the attics structural components as well as its insulation and ventilation.

For more information please visit the “Standards of Practice” section of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors


How long do Inspections usually last?

An average home inspection will last between 2 – 3 hours depending on the size of the home, age of the property, or how difficult access to the major functions are the inspection may take longer.

What can a Seller do to Prepare their home?

It is important for a Seller to provide access and adequate lighting to all parts of the home including the basement and garage.

  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, furnace and woodstove are easier to inspect
  3. Providing unobstructed access to the following are very important:
    • main water service entrance, including meter and water shut-off valve or if rural property, the well water entrance, pressure tank etc
    • hot water tank
    • shut off valves to external hose bibs
    • floor drain or sump pump
    • provide access to storm and sanitary drains, or if rural property, the septic tank main drain and cleanout plug
    • electric service entrance, including the main distribution panel and any sun panels, the location may vary, garage, basement, outbuildings, in older home it may be located in closets
    • furnace or boiler, including vent connectors, chimneys and fuel storage tanks (oil and propane)
    • air conditioner (exterior or interior components)
    • air exchanger or heat recovery ventilator
    • attic hatch, especially those located in closets, moving storage and clothes is recommended
    • access to crawl spaces
    • interior surface of foundation walls should be clear and visible for inspection

Preparing for a home inspection will allow for a faster, more efficient, and a pleasant experience for both buyers and sellers.

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