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Buyers

Home Inspection Process

T. E. Gordon Home Inspections Inc. inspectors conduct an extensive, non-invasive visual inspection of the dwelling and invite you to accompany them in order to familiarize you with the condition of the dwelling. The inspector will answer any questions you may have at the time of the inspection.

Within 24 hours after the inspection, you will receive by download, a comprehensive easy-to-read report in PDF format. The report not only informs you of the property's current condition but also provides a wealth of information for on-going home maintenance requirements. In addition, there is a section which addresses most questions asked by your insurance provider.

A visual home and property inspection conducted by T. E. Gordon Home Inspections Inc. includes the building envelope (exterior & interior from roof to foundation) and all the accessible components of the dwelling.

Property / Site:

The inspector will assess the dwelling's surroundings (i.e. driveways, walks and grading) to determine the impact that these elements may have on the dwelling.

Exterior & Grounds:

Exterior ground inspectionThe exterior of the dwelling is inspected visually from ground level to roof. We inspect everything from the grade of the land to drainage quality, the comfort and safety of decks and steps to the condition of exterior walls, windows and doors, as well as attached or detached garages. The inspector's evaluation is based on generally accepted building standards and the age of the components.

 

Structure & Foundation:

Structure foundation inspectionThe inspector will assess structural components on visible areas of the foundation from both the inside and outside, reporting on areas where any deterioration is found. This includes signs of cracks in foundation walls or any signs of water penetration into the dwelling. The interior inspection provides clues as to structural problems and is often the area where water leaks are first detected.

 

Roofing & Chimneys:

Roofing & chimney inspectionsOur inspectors observe roof coverings, drainage, flashing, and skylights. Signs of aging, leaks or abnormal condensation on roofing components will be reported. Roofing is inspected from an area that does not put either the roof itself or the inspector at risk. Our inspectors do not walk on roofs that are steep, wet, or covered with ice or snow. Chimney inspections consist of checking for signs of spalling, chipping, loose mortar & cracked or loose bricks. The inspector will also note rusting or missing rain caps and damaged chimney liners.

 

Electrical:

Electrical Panel InspectionElectrical inspections are both visual and operational. We observe the service entrance, distribution panel and check the service size (60-amps, 100-amps, etc.) as well as test the operation of most light fixtures, switches and receptacles.

 

Plumbing:

Plumbing InspectionPlumbing inspections include checking the water pressure, distribution system (type and quality of pipes) fixtures and faucets. The inspector will observe the flow of water, drainage systems, and check for leaks and deterioration. For homes with a well water supply, the inspector will take a water sample, if requested, and delivery it to the testing lab on behalf of the client. Lab fees remain the responsibility of the client.

 

Doors & Windows:

Doors & Windows InspectionInterior and exterior doors and all accessible windows will be checked for ease of use and for any signs of damage, deterioration, leaks, or non-operability.

 

Heating & Cooling Systems:

Heat & Cooling systems InspectionOur inspectors will observe heating systems, normal operating controls, fuel tanks and automatic safety controls. The inspector also observes central air conditioning equipment and their distribution systems.

 

Insulation & Ventilation:


Since home inspections are non-intrusive in nature, inspections of insulation are limited to the observation of insulation and vapour barriers in unfinished spaces such as accessible attics and crawl spaces. We inspect attic and crawl spaces for signs of high humidity and poor ventilation during seasonal variations. Air exchangers and humidex ventilation equipment are checked for proper operation.