Precise Property Inspection provides following services:
- Residential Inspections
- Pre Sale Inspections
- Home Maintenance
- Expiring Home Warranty Inspections
Our service area includes GTA, Toronto, Scarborough, Markham, York Region, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Aurora and Durham Region. The summary below outlines various systems potentially significant from a cost or safety standpoint during the process of home inspection.
The electrical inspection will determine if the service to the home has been safely installed and meets the requirements of the homes systems. The ground fault circuit interrupter outlets (GFCI's) will be tested for proper operation and a representative number of outlets and switches are tested for proper wiring configuration.
In some older homes, knob and tube (K&T) wiring is still present and your insurance company may have issues with providing you coverage. If found within the home, the inspection will report on its presence and whether it is still an active source of the wiring distribution. It is important to know that even when a home owner performs electrical work within their own home, it must be under permit and inspected by the ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) the governing body in Ontario.
The walk around the house is very important to get a feel for the way the home is sitting in relation to the landscape and the drainage around the property.I is important to check the grading of the lot and whether the down spouts are doing their job in directing water away from the foundation. The construction and the condition of the wall finishes, the condition of the soffit, facia, the condition of all windows and doors will be inspected. The construction of all decks and porches will be thoroughly examined for structural integrity and safety.
The heating and cooling systems in the home will be operated through a normal cycle and the system operation will be checked for what is typical of the day to day use. Whenever possible, and readily accessible, service panels will be opened to inspect the interior of the equipment. It is possible that on the extremely hot days the heating system will not be operated so as to not make the home uncomfortable for the habitats. As well on days where the ambient (outdoor) temperature is below 15ºC it can actually be harmful to the equipment to operate the A/C system. The limitations will always be discussed with the client.
The interior inspection of the home covers items like doors, windows, floors, cabinets, exhaust fans and the insulation in the home. The attic will viewed from the attic hatch to determine the state of the ventilation and the amount of insulation.The attic may be entered, but only if it can be done in a safe and non destructive manner. The interior inspection will also reveal any safety concerns or items that are in need of repair or maintainance
Although most of the plumbing lines in the home are in inaccessible areas, like behind the walls or in the finished ceilings, what is visible is inspected to ensure that it meets the performance requirements of the materials that have been installed.With the changes over the years from lead to cast iron to copper to plastic in both supply line and and waste, it is important to inform the client of the material that is in the home. Some insurance companies will have issues with cast iron drainage systems. The ongoing discussions with the health hazards of galvanized cast iron and lead supply lines will be discussed.
The inspection and report will indicate the type of roof covering and it's drainage system, the flashings, skylights, chimneys, other penetrations and their csonditions. The inspection will review the valleys, hips, and report on the condition of each compsonent. Roof vents, plumbing stacks, electrical masts are observed during the inspection.
As part of Standards of Practice, the method of the roof inspection will be discussed and recorded so the client will understand the limitations and safety precautions of a roof inspection.
As part of the structural inspection of your home, the beams and posts are inspected. The condition of the roof sheathing and the roof trusses or rafters are examined. On adjoining units, such as a row or town home, the fire separations and party walls will be checked to see if the integrity of their structure is in place.
The attic is usually inspected from the attic hatch but if there is something that cannot be viewed properly from the hatch, the attic may be entered, but only if it can be done in a safe and non destructive manner. Visible portions of the foundations will be inspected for possible cracks or signs of leaks. I will discuss the limitations of the inspection wilh my client when finishes or storage causes restrictions to the inspection. The foundation walls will be checked for current deficiencies, evidence of damages, past work, and the subsequent repairs.