It is intended to provide peace of mind by offering a technical review of the home. This review usually entails a VISUAL INSPECTION of the major systems and their components, as defined by the enclosed Standards of Practice. A home inspection can help you gain a better understanding of the home, but it is not magic. It is a snapshot of the condition of the home today.
1. Visual Inspection:
The home inspection is a visual inspection only of the readily accessible features of the Property. The report to be provided to the Client documents the inspector’s examination of the Property based on that visual inspection. The inspector will not conduct any invasive or destructive testing of the Property. Your inspector will not be able to report on the homes hidden defects due to the limitations of a visual inspection.
2. Standards Of Practice:
The home inspection will be performed in accordance with industry accepted Standards of Practice. The Client acknowledges having had the opportunity to review and understands the Standards of Practice.
3. Inspection Not Exhaustive:
The home inspection is not technically exhaustive and all encompassing. The client acknowledges that, as a result of the limitations of a visual inspection, some detectable deficiencies may go unnoted in the inspection report. The client accepts these limitations. The inspector is a generalist, not a specialist in all disciplines, and may refer the client to specialist(s) for further evaluation of certain items. The Client acknowledges that there may be problems with the Property which will not be apparent from a visual inspection.
4. Not Building Code Or By-Law Compliance Inspection:
The home inspection to be completed is not a Building Code or By-Law compliance inspection. The Client acknowledges that it may be necessary to confer directly with authorities to confirm whether the Property meets Building Code or By-Law requirements.
5. Major Problems:
The goal of the home inspection is to identify existing major problems that are apparent on a visual home inspection of the property. A listing of minor building flaws or minor repairs and maintenance items will not be provided, except as a courtesy, at the home inspector’s discretion.
6. Cost Estimates:
Cost Estimates provided in the Home Inspection Report are minimum only and they are intended to be guideline figures. They are based on the most cost effective solution to address the problem and will not include betterment. The inspector is not responsible for the cost of replacement or repair. It is recommended that the client obtain at least three cost estimates from qualified specialists before finalizing budgets for any work.
7. Environmental Concerns:
The home inspection will NOT address environmental concerns including, but not limited to: UFFI, air quality, water quality/quantity, sealed/underground fuel storage tanks, asbestos, radon gas, molds, toxins, carcinogens etc. The home inspection report will also NOT address infestation by wood boring insects, rodents or other vermin. The client acknowledges that it may be necessary for the client to retain specialists in such areas to identify and evaluate these types of risks.
8. No Guarantees Or assumption Of Risk:
A home inspection is an information service. As such, the home inspection and the home inspection report are not a guarantee, warranty or insurance policy regarding the physical state of the Property or the current or future adequacy, performance or condition of the property. The home inspector will not assume any risk in connection with this home's condition, deficiencies, performance, or lack thereof. Legal liability is limited in amount to the fee paid for this home inspection. The home inspector/inspection firm reserves the right to review/inspect any items that may be the subject of a dispute prior to any repairs/alterations being made.
Top 10 Most Common Home Inspection Problems
- Improper Surface Grading and Drainage.
By far the most frequent problem. It is responsible for the most common household aggravations, including water penetration into the basement or crawlspace. All basements will eventually leak.
- Improper Electrical Wiring.
A number of respondents found this to be a significant defect. This includes such situations as insufficient electrical service, inadequate overload protection, and amateur (often dangerous) wiring connections.
- Roof Damage.
Ranked third, leaking roofs are a frequent problem. This is caused by old or damaged shingles or improper flashing and drainage.
- Heating Systems.
Defect items in this category include broken or malfunctioning controls, blocked chimneys, and unsafe exhaust disposal.
- Poor Overall Maintenance.
A common problem with all homeowners. Signs of poor maintenance include cracked, peeling or dirty painted surfaces; crumbling masonry; makeshift wiring or plumbing; and broken fixtures and appliances.
- Structurally Related Problems.
As a result of problems in one or more other categories, damage is sustained by such structural components as foundation walls, floor joists, rafters and window and door headers
Though not ranked as a number one problem, plumbing defects still rank high. This includes the existence of old or incompatible piping materials, as well as faulty fixtures and waste lines.
Flaws in this category, such as windows, doors and wall surfaces, rarely have structural significance but may pose discomfort to the occupants due to water and air penetration. The most common culprits are inadequate caulking and/or weather-stripping.
- Poor Ventilation.
In an effort to save energy, many homeowners have "oversealed" their homes, resulting in excessive interior moisture. Significant moisture can lead to rotting and failure of both the structural and non-structural elements.
This category includes interior components (often cosmetic in nature) which were so infrequent that they did not rank individually in the survey.