What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a professional consulting service that determines the present condition of the home’s major systems, based on a visual inspection of accessible features. It focuses on the performance of the home, rather than cosmetic, code or design issues. Inspections are often performed during a real estate transaction but may be done anytime.
A home inspection is:
- An in-field evaluation and professional opinion of the performance of the readily accessible installed systems in a home at one point in time
- Primarily a visual examination
- Intended to identify components that are significantly deficient, unsafe or near the end of their life
- Documented in a written report
A home inspection is not:
- An insurance policy, guarantee or warranty on the home
- An invasive or destructive exercise
- Intended to identify concealed defects
- A code or design review
- Intended to predict future performance or life expectancy
- An environmental review or energy audit
- Electrical system
- Heating and Air Conditioning system
- Plumbing system
- Insulation and Air/Vapour Barriers
- Mechanical and Natural Ventilation systems
- Code, bylaw and building regulation issues
- Swimming pools and spas
- Specialty systems including telephone, cable TV, alarm systems.
At Top Inspections, we use the INTERNACHI SCOPE PRACTICE as the basis of the inspections. Click here to read the SCOPE OF PRACTICE.