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Residential Homes, Condominiums, Multi-Family, New Home

Buying a home? Your offer has been accepted and your financing is in place. As mentioned in the ‘Making the Offer’ section of the “Buying a Home in Canada” guide found on the CMHC Website, it’s wise to make your purchase conditional on the home passing of a professional home inspection. Inch by Inch Inspections will make a detailed inspection of the property you are buying, making use of the newest technology to do so. Thermography, for example, uses infrared imaging to measure and see thermal energy home inspection toronto and gta magnifying glasswithin an object or area (ie., mould). This technology is a great option if you are currently selling, thinking of selling, or buying a piece of real estate.

When you receive the Inch by Inch Inspections home inspection report, you and your real estate agent will have the opportunity to discuss how required repairs, if any, may affect the sale price that was agreed upon. Call on Inch by Inch Inspections for your home inspection today! What you can expect is a friendly, intelligent professional to provide you with a comprehensive report based on the following inspection items: exterior, interior, plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, roofing & attic. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about.

However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

  1. Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
  2. Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
  3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.
  4. Safety hazards, such as an exposed live buss bar at the electric panel.

Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

A pre-purchase home inspection should be considered essential

A pre-purchase home inspection is simply part of the home-buying process. A pre-purchase home inspection is an important qualifier for the homebuyer to be aware of the condition of the home and any potential problems.

Without question, the biggest lifetime investment for most people is the purchase of a home. And for the most part, prospective buyers always insisted on a pre-purchase home inspection as a condition of the sale. Today, with extremely hot real estate markets pre-home inspection couple toronto gtanationwide, things have really changed.

What hasn’t changed is the essentiality of a pre-purchase home inspection. For those who may have decided against a pre-purchase home inspection (because of market conditions), the fallout may have already taken a toll. At the very minimum, getting an inspection is far better than not.

  • the buyer receives a comprehensive inspection report on the overall condition of the building
  • the buyer learns about defects, faults, and deficiencies that could adversely affect performance
  • the buyer is able to assess potential livability issues, while evaluating general real estate value

Today, whether a home inspection is conditional or not, it’s a valuable asset for any homeowner. Indeed, both new homebuyers and experienced homebuyers can benefit from the information. What’s most important, however, is to contract an inspection services company that is reputable.

A good home inspection company will have some relevant professional standing, appropriate insurance coverage, and an assurance of customer satisfaction with the work to be performed. For the property owner, this is the time to do proper homework and research when choosing.

Key components of a good home inspection

Home exterior

  • General assessment
  • Outdoor drainage
  • Walkways
  • Entryways
  • Fencing
  • Decking

Building structure

  • Foundation
  • Windows and doors  
  • Wood siding
  • Stucco
  • Aluminum siding
  • Paint

Roof and attic

  • Roofing materials
  • Shingles
  • Drainage
  • Soffits
  • Fascia
  • Chimneys
  • Ventilation

Home interior

  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Interior paint
  • Wall coverings
  • Electric switches/receptacles

Heating/cooling

  • Heating/cooling sources
  • Fireplace performance
  • HVAC components
  • Wall insulation

Basement

  • Foundation
  • Moisture accumulation  
  • Interior insulation
  • Vapour barrier
  • Ventilation

Plumbing

  • Plumbing and drainage  
  • Water heater
  • Water pump
  • Hot water temperature/pressures

Electrical

  • Visible electrical wiring
  • Electrical panel
  • Connections/fuses/breakers
  • Code violations

HVAC

  • Airflow
  • Chimney connection
  • Combustion
  • Air filters
  • HVAC ductwork (inside and out)

Home inspections can benefit all types of transactions

A pre-purchase home inspection incorporates all of the systems and subsystems in a home. The homebuyer is therefore made aware of performance assets and performance deficiencies. This provides important data about problems and issues that may not be obvious or apparent. As such, identifying potential troubles BEFORE a purchase can make a big difference going forward.

With a pre-listing home inspection, a home seller can be apprised of performance issues well in advance. At the same time, performance merits can be highlighted to enhance the selling features. A professional pre-sale inspection can also prevent any surprises, particularly if a home seller believes the house to be in good condition. Surprises can potentially put a sale transaction at risk.

Not often thought about, a condominium inspection is a good idea, whether the condo is new or previously owned. Newly built condos are protected to a certain extent by industry programs like the Ontario New Home Warranty. However, buyers would be wise to scrutinize the condo itself, the common areas, and the “shared elements”.  It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.

Inch-by-Inch Inspections - for professional home inspections

Inch by Inch Inspections offers professional home inspections, with a highly trained team of inspectors. Inch-by-Inch does comprehensive inspections, from top to bottom, from end to end. In-depth inspections, whether for homebuyers or home sellers, allow for an accurate profile of the property’s overall performance – with an assessment, a report, and remedy opportunities.

Inch by Inch home inspectors are InterNACHI-Certified - they follow industry guidelines and abide by a strict code of conduct. Whatever the type of inspection, Inch by Inch assures client confidentiality, and inspection reports that are easy to understand. Post inspection, a viable action plan ensures that remedies, repairs, and retrofits are targeted at problems and issues.

One thing for sure is that a home inspection requires work, a lot of work. Ultimately a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s own effort. Inch by Inch Inspections guarantees that we will give you our very best effort. “Inspected once, Inspected right!”

For a wide range of professional inspection services, contact Inch by Inch at 416-826-7172, or visit the company website at www.inchbyinchinspections.com

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What Our Clients Say About Us

Tony did an excellent job with inspecting the house. He was very knowledgable in his field and thorough with his inspection. He carefully and patiently looked at both the exterior and interior of the building. He pointed out the deficiencies, what the risks are and how to rectify them. He answered all of our questions and made sure that we understood them. He offered his expertise and help if we needed.

Mandan

I have heard a lot of stories about home inspection but I could honestly say that I had a great experience. I would like to thank Tony from Inch by Inch Home Inspection for the great experience. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Tony through my realtor. I want to thank Tony for taking the time to answer any questions and any concerns I had about my home inspection.

Teresa

Tony Muscat of Inch by Inch Inspections is extremely professional, caring and a prompt individual, when he heard we may have a mould problem he came immediately. Tony was worried with the level of mould that was contained in this recent purchased older home and he walked me through the process of getting rid of the mould and what dangers were involved. He paid the best attention to us, while we went through this horrible ordeal. The fact that impressed me the most was his vast amount of knowledge, and the dangers of each mould which there are many. He is extremely professional and equipped to handle any job. I would recommend Inch by Inch, (Tony) to anyone he is a concerned and serious individual, that cares about your family!!!!!!!

Debra

If it wasn't for Joe from Inch by Inch Healthy Homes coming into test the quality of the air in 3 condo's in our building we would have never known it was a gas leak from an outside BBQ which had been an ongoing problem for close to four years!!!!!!(the gas smell was going into the fresh air intake and then spreading through the 3 condo's!!!  Thank You!

Peggy

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