A typical home inspection takes anywhere from three to four hours and are conducted in accordance with the CSA-A770 Home Inspection Standard and CAHPI Standards of Practice.
The exterior of the house is our normal starting point. We go up on the roof, and then proceed around the outside of the house. From there, we go into the basement and/or crawlspace to examine the major systems in the house including the structure, the heating and air conditioning systems, the electrical service and plumbing systems.
Our goal is to fairly and accurately report on the condition of the home. Our intention is not to “nitpick,” nor do we feel compelled to find problems to justify our existence. At Periscope we strive to keep our findings in perspective for our clients but at the same time give a very thorough inspection. If a recommendation we make is typical for homes of that age, or for homes in that area, the buyer will be told that.
While some owners prefer to be home when we do our inspections, others find it easier to leave the house. Either situation is fine with us. The potential home owner often will accompany the home inspector and is encouraged to do so. It's a great opportunity to learn about your property and its important features. During the inspection, I'll be happy to answer any questions you have. You'll be surprised at what you'll learn and being present for the inspection will help you visualize all the items in the report. We cannot discuss our findings or release a report to anyone without the client’s permission. Potential buyers need to realize that the home owners are not under any obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. It is important to keep things in perspective and remember that no home is perfect. Do not kill a deal over things that do not matter. It is not realistic to demand that the home owner address deferred conditions and maintenance already listed in his/her disclosure or other 'minor' imperfections.