If you are getting ready to sell your home, a presale home inspection will help prepare your home to go on the market helping prevent unexpected or embarrasing surprises that may be uncovered by potential buyers. The inspection and report will help you in correcting problem areas, assisting in valuing and pricing the home, and preparing a negotiation strategy. Delays due to renegotiations and amended contracts because of unknown property conditions can be avoided, expediting the sales process. The report can even be used as a sales tool to show to prospective buyers.
If you are purchasing an existing home, a pre-purchase home inspection will identify major concerns, potential problems, and routine maintenance areas of the house as well as positive aspects and above average features. Maintenance areas will also be identified that will help you in avoiding expensive problems in the future and keeping your new home in good condition.
For homeowners, a whole house inspection can provide a different perspective of your house. After you have lived in a house for so long, some routine maintenance or potential problem areas often are overlooked. Our inspection and report can be used as a guide to help in maintenance planning and budgeting for repairs.
New Construction/Pre Delivery
If you are building or purchasing a home under construction, process inspections can evaluate the house construction from the time the foundation is excavated to the final walk through, and can be tailored to include any number of visits that you feel are necessary. Potential problems and oversights can be identified and brought the attention of the builder while they are visible and easy to correct, possibly saving time, expense, and headaches later on. And the builder will know that someone looking out for your interests will be visiting the job site.
New Home Warranty
On new homes, the builder will usually conduct a walk through inspection when the house is either 6 months or 1 year old. These inspections are generally superficial and may overlook important issues. A warranty inspection performed prior to this walk through is a comprehensive inspection of the home and will provide you with a list of items that can be presented to the builder for correction before your warranty expires.
Although a whole house inspection is recommended in most instances, inspections of specific components of the house are available.
Why should I pay for a home inspection?
Your home will probably be the biggest investment you've ever made. Homes need constant upkeep. Things go wrong and deteriorate, and some may start out with problems. Many home owners are oblivious to the fact that the home has problems. The disclosure statement from this type of owner may have many shortfalls that could come back to haunt a new owner.
Why should I hire an independent inspector?
An independent home inspector is completely objective. Buyers want to know that a home is safe, structurally and mechanically sound, and free of health risks. The home inspector's visual evaluation will provide a solid foundation of knowledge about the home, its components and systems. In addition to reporting any deficiencies or potential failures, our home inspector will include maintenance tips and other information to help you protect your investment.
For the seller, our home inspector will conduct a comprehensive visual inspection inside and out. The inspector's report will identify deficiencies that must be disclosed to potential buyers. It will include recommendations for repairs that may enhance the marketability of your home.
How long does the inspection take?
Our thorough inspections usually take between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, however, it varies based on the size and age of the home. older homes, homes with crawlspaces or multiple mechanical systems may take longer.
Who gets the inspection report?
As the purchaser of the inspection service you get the report. Nobody else gets it without your authorization. If you like, we will email, fax, or mail one to your real estate agent or lawyer at no extra cost to you.
What does a home inspection include?
We check all mechanical systems of the home, heating and air conditioning, interior plumbing and electrical systems, roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, foundation, basement, and visible structure. As seen in the list below.
Can a home "fail" the inspection?
No, a professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or code inspection. An inspector will only describe its condition and indicate major and minor repairs that may be needed.
Scope of Inspection
Buying a home? Selling a Home? An inspection by Winnipeg Home Inspection includes a thorough Home Inspection of the following components:
Covers the structure of the building in terms of materials used and type of construction. Foundation type, framing materials, and other significant sub-components are noted. The inspector also checks for major or minor problems in the foundation, floor, wall and roof framing.
The electrical system is checked for sufficient capacity and safety, and evaluated in terms of its current condition and suitability for future use. Upgrades and repairs are recommended where appropriate.
Heating and Air Conditioning
The inspector assesses the capacity of the existing equipment, and by considering the age of the equipment and its intended capacity, approximates the life expectancy and recommends appropriate repairs an upgrades.
The piping and fixtures throughout the house are checked for function flow and life expectancies. They are screened for unsanitary conditions and potential repairs, freeze vulnerability, or spillage/overflow. Laundry equipment, tile work, and domestic water heating equipment are also surveyed.
Water seepage probabilities and structural problems are evaluated and remediation advice given if needed. The inspector also looks for possible problem areas that could cause structural problems, such as poor soil, surface drainage, proximity to tree roots and rotating stoops.
All appliances are operated and deficiencies noted. The inspector approximates the age of each piece and its life expectancy. The inspector may also, depending on the age and usefulness of the kitchen, suggest a budget for repairs ranging from addressing typical minor problems to a complete renovation.
Walls, floors and ceiling surfaces are scanned for problematic conditions, visible evidence of water penetration, potentially dangerous or toxic materials, fire hazards, or security breaches. Ventilation and energy conservation aspects are checked and appropriate upgrades are itemized.
The roof (where safe and appropriate), roof runoff controls and landscape drainage are inspected and necessary improvements are recommended. Stoops, steps, walks and drives are checked for voids, surface problems and safety hazards.