• Examine all systems of the property:
— settling problems
— termites, dry rot, etc.
— condition of roof, chimneys, eavestroughs, siding, brickwork, windows, doors, etc.
— 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
— age of system, expected lifespan
— condition of unit, ducts and pipes
— whether it services the requirements of the property
— potential leaking problems
— types of materials in use and whether replacement is recommended
— condition of fixtures, fittings etc.
— presence of
— whether it is sufficient — "R" value?
— storm windows & doors
— presence of ureaformaldehyde
— 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.
We tried to get it removed, but it's been designated historic.• 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).