A home inspection is a thorough visual examination of the home that is not technically exhaustive and does not imply that every problem will be discovered. Some defects only present themselves under certain conditions. For example, a shower may only leak when someone is using it and not when the tap is turned on, roofs may leak under certain adverse weather conditions that were not present at the time of inspection, or storage may have prevented a full examination of the foundation wall or other areas.
At the end of the home inspection we hold a brief meeting with our clients to ensure that all concerns about the property are addressed and that major defect that would affect their buying decision have been explained in full. At the end of the inspection our clients have a good understanding of any major problems with the home. We do encourage them to read through the report once completed as it will address smaller issues that may not have been presented in great detail at the time on inspection.
A home inspection will consist of a full inspection of the roof, basement, heating system, water heater, air-conditioning system, structure, plumbing, electrical, interior, exterior, insulation, attic and many other aspects of buildings looking for improper building practices, those items that require extensive repairs, items that are general maintenance issues, as well as some fire and safety issues including smoke alarms. All defects and maintenance issues will then be described in detail, photographed, and included in the report which is provided to our clients to aid them in their decision making process.
Reports are generated and sent out via email to you within 24hrs of the inspection. This is done to ensure that a complete report is delivered and is not rushed onsite. Other benefits of this service are that clients can share this report with anyone they wish world wide in minutes to gain that value advice from friends and family.
A copy of the inspection report is always available to be resent should the email or report be lost. Contact us should you require another copy.
A home inspection generally takes about 2 1/2 hours to complete from start to finish for an average home in size and age. However some homes that are larger, show extensive signs of problem, or are older may take more time to put together the whole picture. Clients should be aware of these time frames in order to be available for the inspection. Although client attendance is not required we strongly urge our clients to attend and be part of the inspection process as this is the best way to “Know Your Home”.
Hamilton Ontario based, Rankin Home Inspection provides Home Inspection services to the following areas,
Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Dundas, Waterdown, Caledonia, Binbrook
St. Catharines, Welland, Thorold, Vineland
*If you are outside our service area and in need of a home inspection, feel free to give us a call!
We are always available for contact after the inspection is completed for the duration our clients own their home. We understand that the home inspection process and be an information overload and encourage our clients to contact us with any questions that arise. Due to the amount of information delivered during an inspection it is very common to have something misunderstood or or not seem important at the time to address.