Home Inspection Services

A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical condition of a home (or other building). This is usually, but not always, connected to the sale of that home or building and its findings often determine the successful completion of that sale.

A home inspection will usually include 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. An inspector 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 safety issues that need to be addressed.

Home Inspections are not conducted on a pass or fail basis; it provides a report that shows an itemized list of the condition of the home or building and any work that should be done. An inspection is conducted in about 95% of all real estate home transactions.

Preparing a Home for Inspection

1. Provide keys to locked rooms.

2. Make the following areas easily accessible and free of personal items:

  • Attic Access 
  • Crawlspace Access
  • Electrical Panel
  • Water Heater 
  • Furnace/ Heat Pump  
  • Garage Door 

3. Turn Utilities ON

  • Water 
  • Electrical 
  • Gas * Lite all pilots (Fireplace; Stove)

4. Appliances will only be tested if:

  • It is plugged in/ Utilities ON
  • It is free of ALL personal items 

Residential Home Inspections

A home inspection isn’t just about protecting your investment, but also about protecting you and your family. The home inspectors at A Buyer’s Choice understands this and take their profession very seriously. They know they are an integral part in your decision to make the biggest investment of your life. Though not mandatory in every province in Canada, a residential home inspection should be a part of every real estate transaction. It is the best way to ensure that everyone is protected.

Pre-Listing Inspection

We perform our industry leading Inspection on the property prior to listing and provide marketing literature for Open Houses to educate the prospective buyer from the start. For a discounted cost the Inspector will perform a detailed walk through of the property with a prospective Buyer, educate them on the property and explain the Report.
We fully transfer the Inspection Report, Warranty and all Insurances to the Buyer so they are fully protected – removing any fear of bias that may come with a traditional Pre-Inspection.

Aerial UAV Inspection

Using a UAV Quadcopter we can inspect roofs that are normally un-mountable due to safety or material such as metal or clay. Photos and video shot in 4K are reviewed by the inspector and added to the report.


Residential Home Inspections

A home inspection isn’t just about protecting your investment, but also about protecting you and your family. The home inspectors at A Buyer’s Choice understand this and take their profession very seriously. They know they are an integral part in your decision to make the biggest investment of your life. Though not mandatory in every province in Canada, a residential home inspection should be a part of every real estate transaction. It is the best way to ensure that everyone is protected.


Pre-Listing Inspection

We perform our industry leading Inspection on the property prior to listing and provide marketing literature for Open Houses to educate the prospective buyer from the start. For a discounted cost the Inspector will perform a detailed walk through of the property with a prospective Buyer, educate them on the property and explain the Report.
We fully transfer the Inspection Report, Warranty and all Insurances to the Buyer so they are fully protected – removing any fear of bias that may come with a traditional Pre-Inspection.

 

Renovation Deficiency Inspections

You’ve watched those shows on TV and know the nightmares that can arise from home renovations when done improperly. Sub-standard materials, poor workmanship or jobs left unfinished. We can assess a renovation job near completion to make sure everything is being done correctly — before you make that final payment!

Thermal Inspection

Thermal Imaging uses infra-red technology to perform a fast and reliable scan of all surface temperatures. This can be a tremendously useful means of finding problems in a home, even when no visible clues exist. This may include insulation deficiencies, moisture leaks, electrical hot spots, and even improper construction practices.

We are infra-red certified and provide a full thermal scan of every room as part of our Home Inspection service.

Home Maintenance Inspections

Home Maintenance Inspections are for homeowners who want to take a proactive approach to home maintenance. Failure to maintain it properly can damage your home and downgrade its value.

A home maintenance inspection by A Buyer’s Choice  will identify the areas of your home that need attention. This will include the roof, gutters and drain spouts, fireplaces and chimneys, furnaces and air conditioning, smoke detectors and other safety equipment, plumbing and faucets, windows and doors, basement walls and drains.

Our inspection will provide you with a complete list of problems that require immediate attention, things that should be dealt with soon, and things that should be noted, but are not urgent.

New Home Warranty Inspection Services

Make sure you have A Buyer’s Choice home inspector look at your home before your new home warranty expires. Our inspector will examine your home’s structure, mechanical and electrical systems to identify defects and other problems.

Buyers usually rely on the new home warranty but many of the defected items are only covered for the first 12 to 24 months. If problems are not reported and documented before the warranty expires they will not be addressed by the builder. Buyers are not trained in defect recognition. Items that should be a concern are often missed or overlooked. This is why you need a professional home inspector on your side.

WETT Certified Inspection

What is a Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inspection?

With the price of oil going through the roof, more and more people are turning to wood burning systems to heat their homes. While cheaper than oil, it also poses a greater risk of fire. If you currently heat your home (completely or partially) with wood, it is in your best interest to have your system inspected by a Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) specialist.

Does my insurance company require a WETT Inspection?

In fact, most insurance companies today require a WETT certification to honor your policy.

A WETT Inspection by A Buyer’s Choice inspector will ensure that your system is installed and operating correctly, and that it poses no threat to your home and family. Our WETT inspectors will also tell you how to properly maintain your system to make sure your family is safe year after year.

When do you need a WETT Inspection?

  • To ensure the wood burning appliance is safe to use
  • Upon sale or transfer of a property; insurance providers may require inspection before use.
  • Newly installed wood burning appliances 
  • Renovations around an existing wood burning appliance.