The Walker Home Inspection Handbook
So you’ve made an offer for a home, now what? The first thing you must remember is that all houses are imperfect. Regardless of the age, type, or size of the property, severe defects could be lurking, so a home inspection reduces the chance that you’re buying a lemon.
At Walker Home Inspection, we aim to render peace of mind by being available at short notice and generating a comprehensive report at the end of the inspection. Besides, we offer two primary services.
The first one covers pre-sale/pre-purchase home inspections, which is an extensive non-destructive review of all house systems. The second one is the annual maintenance inspection, which focuses on previously found concerns.
The essential thing to remember is that all our home inspections include an infrared scan and moisture test/scope as required for a complete evaluation. Keep on reading to learn what else we offer during a home inspection.
1. Roof inspection
By walking on the roof when possible, we seek to find any damaged tiles, flashing that are not performing well, and evaluate overall performance and leakage potential.
2. Exterior and landscaping evaluation
We examine any current or potential water intrusion, and look for low spots or poor runoff areas in landscaping. It includes closely observing wall finishes, soffits, windows and doors, venting, and exhaust.
3. Heating and Cooling evaluation
Our analysis includes checking the age of equipment and the current condition, and looking for signs of wear and tear to identify potential maintenance or repair areas. Panels are removed where ever possible in search of cracks, leaks, and other possible performance or safety concerns.
4. Plumbing evaluation
All plumbing fixtures and drains are tested, including equipment sold with the home (e.g., dishwasher). We meticulously search for signs of previous, active, and potential leaks in supply and waste plumbing.
5. Electrical evaluation
Electrical panels are removed and evaluated for safety and professionalism. Outlets are tested and reviewed for appropriate type and location. Depending on the home’s age, outdated and potentially unsafe electrical supplies may be found, such as Knob-and-Tube or aluminum wiring.
Our advice for clients
1. Join me during the inspection if possible.
Ask questions, and let’s discuss our findings as we move through the home. We try to educate clients on maintenance for homeownership as much as we try to protect them from unwanted surprises.
2. Request access to the whole house.
If possible, request the seller to ensure access to the whole home (either directly or through your agent). Often the attic and crawl space access is unavailable due to semi-permanent restrictions (e.g., furniture). Besides, a lot of clutter or vehicles in the garage can hide problems.
3. Put pen to paper.
Sign the agreement you receive via email on line (if possible). It’s easy and spells out what the home inspection does and does not provide. In this way, we can get started immediately upon arrival.
For more details about our home inspection services, reach out to us at Walker Home Inspection.
We operate independently, are fully insured, and centrally located in Trenton, Ontario. We serve the surrounding areas including Oshawa, Port Hope, Cobourg, Peterborough, Quinte West, Belleville, Napanee, and Kingston.
Our founder, Steven Walker, is a full-time home inspector with Carson-Dunlop education, trained, and is certified through InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) and the NHICC (National Home Inspectors Certification Council).
Steven holds an NHI (National Home Inspector) certification and is an active member of CAHPI (Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors) and InterNACHI.