A home inspection is a visual examination used to determine the condition of all readily accessible systems and components of a home at one point in time. It is a non-invasive, non-destructive look at the house systems to help identify any components that may be in the inspectors opinion, unsafe, significantly deficient, or near the end of it's service life.
A typical inspection lasts approximately three hours depending on the size, age, and condition of the home. We start on the outside where we check the roof and the exterior of the home. If there is a garage, we will inspect it next. From there, we go to the basement to examine the major systems in the home. Included is structure, heating, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing.
Next, we walk through the rest of the home. We test plumbing fixtures, operate windows and doors, look in closets and under sinks, then finish up by having a look at the attic space.
At the conclusion of the inspection, an overall summary is discussed where the client will have the opportunity to ask any questions and share any concerns they may have.
A clear, detailed digital report will be emailed to the client within 24 hours of the inspection.
We strongly encourage our clients attend the inspection. You will be able to ask questions as we go along and will observe first hand items that will later appear in the report.
Currently in Manitoba, the home inspection industry is not regulated. This means anyone with a flashlight and a ladder can call themselves a home inspector. Other provinces have begun regulating the home inspection industry in order to protect the public. It is important for the consumer to ensure they are hiring an educated and qualified home inspector to help them obtain the information needed to make one of the most important decisions of their lives.
Members of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI), have met the educational requirements and passed the national examination required to become a member.
All CAHPI inspectors must comply with a Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics. Members are also required to carry Errors an Omissions Insurance.
Lastly, CAHPI members stay current with ongoing and continuing educational opportunities.
For more information about CAHPI, visit www.cahpi.ca, or click on the link below.