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Inspection Checklist

1. ROOF SYSTEM
  • Flat roof covering.
  • Sloped roof covering.
  • The roof drainage systems.

2. EXTERIOR

  • The exterior wall covering, flashing, exterior trim.
  • The exterior doors, windows and window wells.
  • The attached decks, balconies, steps and porches.
  • Eaves, soffits, and fascias, where accessible from the ground level.
  • The grading around the house.
  • The down pipes and the down pipes extensions.
  • The garage gas proof, the garage doors and garage door operators.
  • Drive ways and walk ways.
  • Basement walk-outs.

3. STRUCTURAL SYSTEM

  • The accessible structural components of the foundation and super structure.
  • The floor structure, wall structure, ceiling structure.
  • Floor rattling and squeaking.
  • Roof structure (trusses, joists and metal & wood sheeting).
  • Steel beams, wood beams and columns.
  • Suspended concrete floor slabs and slab on grade.
  • Wall bearing and joist hangers.
  • Fire separations.
  • Cracks in the foundation walls, settlement and frost up-lift.
  • Under ground garage leaks and basement leaks.

4. ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

  • The service drop, service equipment and the service grounding.
  • The interior components of service panels and sub panels.
  • Location of the main electrical panel.
  • The size of the service.
  • The ground and arc fault circuit interrupters (GFCI)& AFCI.
  • Representative number of electrical outlets.
  • The type of the distribution wiring (copper, aluminum or knob & tube).

5. HEATING SYSTEM

  • The heating equipments (roof tops, furnaces, boilers)
  • Furnace efficiency (conventional, mid efficiency &high efficiency).
  • Type of fuel (gas, oil, electricity).
  • Baseboard heaters, fan heaters, radiant heat.
  • Air filters and electronic, electrostatic air filters.
  • Adequate air for combustion.
  • The vent system and the flues.
  • Duct system (air supply & air return).
  • Heat recovery ventilation (HRV).
  • Humidifier. 

7. AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

  • The central air conditioning systems

8. PLUMBING SYSTEM

  • The location water meter and the main shut-off valve.
  • The interior water supply and distribution systems.
  • The functioning of all plumbing fixtures and faucets.
  • The location of the hose bib shut-off valve (inside the house).
  • The water pressure.
  • The location of the main floor drain.
  • The condition of the caulking & grout in the showers & tubs.

9. INSULATION

  • The insulation in the attic.
  • The insulation and vapour barriers in unfinished spaces.
  • The “R” Value of the insulation.

10. VENTILATION

  • The ventilation of attics.
  • The mechanical ventilation systems for the washrooms & kitchens.
  • The ventilation of the furnaces, hot water tanks & dryers.
  • Check vent pipes to make sure they discharge outside of the building.
  • Check that the vent pipes are insulated to avoid any condensation.

 11. INTERIOR

  • The walls, ceilings, and floors.
  • The steps, stairways, hand railing and railings.
  • Representative number of doors and windows.
  • Presence of smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Evidence of water leaks in the basement.
  • Evidence of water leaks around the windows.
  • Squeaks in the floor.
 
     
 
Ontario Association of  Home Inspectors
Ontario Association of Home Inspectors
COHPI Ontario
CAHPI Ontario
Professional Engineers Ontario
Professional Engineers Ontario
Better Business Bureau
Better Business Bureau
American Society of Home Inspectors
American Society of Home Inspectors
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
National Certification Authority
National Certification Authority
 
 
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