A House Is A Complex Machine
It has many subsystems and interlocking parts. When you purchase a Toronto home, you need to be sure they are all working properly and not on the verge of failure. So the primary purpose your pre-purchase home inspection is to protect you from defects or problems that may not be obvious to you or your realtor. At Holley Home Inspections, we have certified Toronto home inspectors to go through your house from top to bottom and identify potential problems — problems you should know about before you complete the purchase.
Shown below is an outline of several of the key things our home inspectors look for. If you have questions about our toronto home inspections, inspectors or what we cover or don’t cover, please contact us. We’ll be happy to explain everything we do and why.
1. ROOF SYSTEM INSPECTIONS
- Flat roof covering.
- Sloped roof covering.
- The roof drainage systems.
2. EXTERIOR INSPECTIONS
- The exterior wall covering, flashing, exterior trim.
- The exterior doors, windows and window wells.
- The attached decks, balconies, steps and porches.
- Eaves, soffits, and fascias, where accessible from the ground level.
- The grading around the house.
- The down pipes and the down pipes extensions.
- The garage gas proof, the garage doors and garage door operators.
- Drive ways and walk ways.
- Basement walk-outs.
3. STRUCTURAL SYSTEM INSPECTIONS
- The accessible structural components of the foundation and super structure.
- The floor structure, wall structure, ceiling structure.
- Floor rattling and squeaking.
- Roof structure (trusses, joists and metal & wood sheeting).
- Steel beams, wood beams and columns.
- Suspended concrete floor slabs and slab on grade.
- Wall bearing and joist hangers.
- Fire separations.
- Cracks in the foundation walls, settlement and frost up-lift.
- Under ground garage leaks and basement leaks.
4. ELECTRICAL SYSTEM INSPECTIONS
- The service drop, service equipment and the service grounding.
- The interior components of service panels and sub panels.
- Location of the main electrical panel.
- The size of the service.
- The ground and arc fault circuit interrupters (GFCI)& AFCI.
- Representative number of electrical outlets.
- The type of the distribution wiring (copper, aluminum or knob & tube).
5. HEATING SYSTEM INSPECTIONS
- The heating equipments (roof tops, furnaces, boilers)
- Furnace efficiency (conventional, mid efficiency &high efficiency).
- Type of fuel (gas, oil, electricity).
- Baseboard heaters, fan heaters, radiant heat.
- Air filters and electronic, electrostatic air filters.
- Adequate air for combustion.
- The vent system and the flues.
- Duct system (air supply & air return).
- Heat recovery ventilation (HRV).
6. AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS INSPECTIONS
- The central air conditioning systems
7. PLUMBING SYSTEM INSPECTIONS
- The location water meter and the main shut-off valve.
- The interior water supply and distribution systems.
- The functioning of all plumbing fixtures and faucets.
- The location of the hose bib shut-off valve (inside the house).
- The water pressure.
- The location of the main floor drain.
- The condition of the caulking & grout in the showers & tubs.
8. INSULATION INSPECTIONS
- The insulation in the attic.
- The insulation and vapour barriers in unfinished spaces.
- The “R” Value of the insulation.
9. VENTILATION INSPECTIONS
- The ventilation of attics.
- The mechanical ventilation systems for the washrooms & kitchens.
- The ventilation of the furnaces, hot water tanks & dryers.
- Check vent pipes to make sure they discharge outside of the building.
- Check that the vent pipes are insulated to avoid any condensation.
10. INTERIOR INSPECTIONS
- The walls, ceilings, and floors.
- The steps, stairways, hand railing and railings.
- Representative number of doors and windows.
- Presence of smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors
- Evidence of water leaks in the basement.
- Evidence of water leaks around the windows.
- Squeaks in the floor.