This article is written by Mose Home Inspection. They use the Carson and Dunlop system. As qualified Montreal Home Inspectors, we are trained to examine your potential new home and identify any problems it might have.Following the inspection, we give you a report describing each system of the house, any repairs needed, and the estimated costs of these repairs.
|The home inspection is strictly visual; we only report on what we see. We do not use scientific equipment or engineering calculations. We do enter attics and crawl spaces and remove covers which are normally accessible for maintenance.EXTERIOR
We’ll start with a walk around the exterior to ensure that your home is level. To confirm the home’s integrity, we look for cracks in the foundation and other signs of structural distress.An inspection of the exterior components is next. Your home inspector will thoroughly check the condition of the siding, gutters, doors, windows, patios, driveways, walkways, and wall surfaces.We always make a point to carefully inspect homemade decks and other do-it-yourself projects, which are more likely to contain deficiencies.ROOF
Whenever possible, we climb up on the roof to make sure that the chimney, downspouts, skylights, shingles, and roof flashings are in good shape. Your home inspector will examine the chimney carefully to make sure that it is structurally sound.While inspecting the roof, we look for areas vulnerable to water incursion and check those areas carefully during the interior home inspection.If safety reasons exclude us from walking directly on the roof, such as rain, snow, steep slope, or the roofing material itself, the home inspector does an examination by climbing a ladder and using binoculars.
The home inspector determines if the water pressure is satisfactory, and checks the condition of the plumbing fixtures and faucets.
In the basement or crawlspace, the home inspector looks for any defects in the foundation or structure. Water intrusion is always a concern, so we check thoroughly for any evidence of leaks. As basements are often finished by their owners without professional advice, we check them carefully. Many older buildings have a crawlspace which is checked very carefully as many problems can lurk in the cobwebs.
First, we evaluate the general condition of the heating system and make sure that heat is being distributed properly throughout the home. If the furnace or boiler is old, the home inspector may recommend that it be replaced. The inspector determines if there are any safety risks, such as a loose flue connection or proximity to combustible materials.
Is the electrical system extensive enough for the home? To verify the capacity and condition of the electrical system, we will open and examine the system panel. The circuit-breaker (or fuse) box is examined to ensure that the service capacity is adequate and that the breakers and wires are suitably matched. If we find aluminum wiring, we advise the client and explain the known problems. After that, we test a representative number of outlets and switches to ensure that there are no wiring defects.
The interior and exterior lights and ceiling fans will also be tested. The home inspector always checks for safety hazards such as exposed wiring, and self-installed extension cord wiring. We pay special attention to the basement. Basements are often finished without the benefit of a professional electrician, making them more likely to contain problems.
INSPECTING THE ATTIC
We inspect all areas of the attic for problems such as structural defects, water infiltration, and insect infestation. We also check to make sure that the attic is well insulated and well ventilated – a key consideration in your heating costs. Although lack of insulation cannot necessarily be considered a defect, if that is the way the house was built, we will recommend an upgrade. Many other factors are checked including excessive moisture, improper installation of exhaust fan and plumbing vents, installation of ceiling pot lights, and chimney problems.
Within thirty minutes of the home inspection, you will receive a detailed report describing each system of the home, any repairs needed, and the estimated costs of these repairs.
Step by step, your home inspector will take you through the report to make sure you are clear about the home’s strengths and weaknesses. At the end of the briefing, we guarantee that you will have a complete understanding of the condition of your prospective home.
Our service doesn’t stop with the end of the home inspection. We offer free telephone support both before and after you move to your new home.
We are committed to helping all of our Montreal clients make informed decisions on the maintenance of their new homes. To help with this, we provide several free home reference resources to our clients. Through Mose Home Inspection Services, you will have all of the resources that you need for home maintenance right when you need them.
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