Frequently Asked Questions About Home Inspections
Buying a home involves a substantial financial investment and to ensure that this investment is a prudent one, having a home inspection carried out is advisable. However, when it comes to home inspections, there are a ton of questions clients have but often find answers difficult to come by.
As a leading home inspection firm, OM Inspections Inc. wants to arm you with the most accurate information available, which is why we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about home inspections.
1. What will you be checking during a home inspection?
There are hundreds of items that have to be checked during a home inspection. We will start with the neighborhood, overall conditions of the houses, schools, and parks in the area. Then continue with the grounds and up all the way to the roof (if possible). Once inside the house, I will spend most of the time in the basement with the mechanical systems.
2. Do you check for mold?
I am always looking for signs of mildew and mold both via smell and visual. The matter of the fact is only a lab testing can identify mold and mold type. However, we will be able to recommend if lab testing is required.
3. What will you be checking on the roof?
The roof has several aspects that need to be looked at. The condition of the shingles is one aspect of the roof inspection. Examining the attic space is also equally important. The state of the attic (insulation, ventilation, etc.) will have a noticeable effect on the condition of the shingles and will affect the inside of the home as well.
4. Are there basement leaks?
If the basement is left unfinished, watermarks or stains will be visible. One must be careful not to mistake condensation with a water leak. On the other hand, if the basement is finished, it is tough to identify old leaks. However, active leaks will leave stains or marks on the finishing.
5. Will you check the furnace?
We have to remember that a furnace cannot be checked in the summer in the same way that an air conditioner cannot be checked in the winter. The overall state of the furnace will be checked during a home inspection, but it is always advisable to have the furnace and air conditioning system checked by a licensed HVAC technician.
6. Are you insured?
While we are certified home inspectors, whether you hire OM Inspections Inc. or not, always ask if the inspector is insured. All members of OAHI (Ontario Association of Home Inspectors) either have to be insured or have to inform the client that they are not insured.
If you have any more questions about home inspections, get in touch with the experts at OM Inspections Inc. As the best home inspectors in Toronto, ON, we provide professional, unbiased home inspections followed by a comprehensive report on the condition of the house. To learn more about how we can help you, please click here or contact us by clicking here.