•  Examine all systems of the property:

□    Structure

— settling problems

— termites, dry rot, etc.

□    Exterior

— condition of roof, chimneys, eavestroughs, siding, brickwork, windows, doors, etc.

□    Electrical

— location of circuit breaker/fuse box and whether it is sufficient

— type of wiring, condition of wiring

— number of branch circuits and if they are sufficient

— overfusing problems

Heating

— age of system, expected lifespan

— condition of unit, ducts and pipes

— whether it services the requirements of the property

□    Plumbing

— potential leaking problems

— types of materials in use and whether replacement is recommended

— condition of fixtures, fittings etc.

□    Insulation

— presence of

— type

— whether it is sufficient — "R" value?

— storm windows & doors

— presence of ureaformaldehyde

□    Interior

— all aspects of general condition of finish

— if fireplaces are operational and safe

— exhaust fans

— smoke alarms

•   The inspector should encourage you to attend the inspection — an excellent learning experience, for either a homeseller or homebuyer.

•   The inspector should provide the approximate costs of repairs and the time frame for when they should be completed: For example, that the roof may last another five years; or that the furnace has ten years of life remaining.

• The inspector should provide a thorough report detailing all the findings. This is usually available within twenty-four hours. The report is an assessment of the current condition of the systems of the property.

• The inspector should be legally accountable for the veracity of his or her opinions.

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•   The inspector should not recommend contractors to complete repairs, as this represents a conflict of interest.

•   The inspector should be able to indicate where money is best spent in terms of upgrading the house or preparing it for sale (although this is to some degree subjective).