What is a Home Inspection?
A Home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the physical condition of a Property, and should include, where access permits, an examination of the foundation and basement, roof, attic, heating and water systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself.
Home Inspections are not conducted on a Pass or Fail basis, but each one provides a report that shows an itemized list of the condition of the Property and any work that needs to be carried out to rectify any issues found.
Our inspectors will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues. Importantly, they will also make note of any fire and health & safety issues that need to be addressed.
Why should an inspection be carried out?
A home inspection or property inspection does not necessarily have to be connected to the sale of that Property. Unlike vehicles, which undergo regular maintenance as part of their upkeep, properties, because of their size, often have areas that are neglected, and a regular inspection approximately every 5 years will identify any areas that may have been overlooked. Again, like vehicles, early detection and prevention of problems getting worse is more cost effective than waiting until a major fault arises.
Where a property inspection and the creation of the report is often a condition of the sale of the Property, and inspections are conducted in about 95% of all real estate Property transactions, the inspection and its findings often determine the successful completion of that sale.
Who should you get to do your inspection?
It is imperative that the property inspection is carried out by someone who is completely impartial to the sale of the property, and who will give you an honest, accurate and unbiased report from the findings of an inspection. Remember, you may be employing a Realtor to either help you buy or sell a property, and so while they have your interests at heart, most are not qualified to identify problems that exist with the property that is being sold or purchased.
The level of training and certification required of Property inspectors varies from place to place, depending on provincial regulations, but it is always advisable for anyone considering buying a Property to insist on an inspection by a certified, experienced professional. This can save the buyer from many potential problems and expenses in the future.
Who should you avoid when getting your inspection?
Home Inspections cost anywhere from $400 to over $1000 depending upon the size of the property. Commercial property inspections cost more. Some people don’t understand the scope of a Home Inspection, so are tempted to do their own. Unless you are qualified or have a background in Construction, Structural Defect Recognition, Heating and Ventilation, Plumbing, Gas and Electrical Inspection, Roofing, Insulation, Drainage…… You get the picture.
No industry or legislated requirement exists in Ontario yet, so anyone can set up a business as a home inspector. You have no guarantee that they do not have a Criminal Record, are qualified to carry out an inspection, or even have the first idea of how a building is put together.
We are backed by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors Honour Guarantee.
We recommend that no one ever use an uninsured inspector or one who is not Certified.
Why should you choose Purple Martin Property Inspections?
At Purple Martin Property Inspections, we set our standards very high and we will never employ any home Inspector that is not Professionally Certified or does not commit to continued education.
Our Inspectors must have a background in engineering and/or construction, with first-hand knowledge of the skills required to actually put a house together and keep it that way.
For further information about the scope of a home inspection, take a look at this video.