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What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the external and internal home, in addition to systems testing and viewing physical structure elements. An emphasis is placed on existing or potential problems that would affect a purchasing decision.

Why do I need a Home Inspection?

A home is the largest purchase most people will make in their lifetime. It only makes good sense to find out as much as possible about the house prior to making a financial commitment. That way you can avoid costly surprises or potential future issues. A professional inspection will give you a clear understanding of the entire property from systems to structural elements.

What does a Home Inspection include?
A typical inspection reports cover all major systems and structural elements of the house. This will include the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic, and insulation, walls, doors, and windows.
Do I need to be there during the Inspection?
No, you aren’t required to be there for the inspection, but it’s highly recommended that you do. It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and an opportunity for you to ask questions and have any maintenance tips explained.
How long will the Inspection take?
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. In most cases a typical inspection will take approximately 2-3 hours.
Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?
Absolutely! A professional inspection of a new home is just as important as for a re-sale property. A professional Home Inspector may find problem areas where the untrained eye could overlook either existing or potential problems. It’s better to know when the situation can be rectified, then feel a false sense of security because it’s a new home, and therefore assume that no problems could exist.
Why can't I do the Inspection myself?
Chances are that even if you’re familiar with home construction, you won’t have the knowledge, or experience to be able to provide a thorough examination of the property. A professional Home Inspector has inspected homes of varied size, age and construction. Your Home Inspector will not only examine all the systems of a home, and know how they work, but they will also be familiar with what to look for in order to tell if any system or structure is getting ready to fail. A professional inspector will provide you with an objective independent reporting of the facts – which is really what you need in order to make an informed decision about a home.
What if the Inspection uncovers problems?
No house is going to be perfect; however, having a detailed report stating the condition of the house and systems will assist you in making an informed decision. Any serious concerns will be revealed so you may make an informed decision regarding any potential purchase. Ultimately it will be your call on what the next steps will be, but an inspection will provide a full picture.
Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?
No. The duty of a professional Home Inspector is to provide an unbiased, objective third party written report on the condition of a property. Actual repairs should be performed by knowledgeable professionals in that specific area of expertise.

Domain Building Inspect offers home inspection services as well as commercial building and retail space inspection services in Metro Toronto and GTA including:

Toronto (North York, Etobicoke, Scarborough) Peel Region (Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Bolton) York Region (Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Bradford, Aurora, King, Stouffville) Durham Region (Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa) Halton Region (Oakville, Milton, Burlington) Halton Hills (Georgetown, Bolton) Simcoe County

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