What your Inspection Report Covers
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The home inspection report you will receive from kootenay Home Inspections describes each of the major systems present in your home. I carefully conduct every inspection as if I were buying the house. I always take the time and care when preparing your property inspection report, to insure that the information present is that what I would want if I were the client. I spend as much time preparing the digital report as I do inspecting your home. When on site I spend my time inspecting your house (3-4hrs) rather than writing your report to give you after my inspection - this ensures you get the best value of my time. My reports are all digitally prepared by me at home (3-4hrs) and sent out the following morning. They come complete with many detailed pictures and specific data.
I provide this extra service to you at no extra cost.
Your home inspection report covers these systems in detail:
Attached / Detached garages
Insulation and ventilation
Your report will address the condition of each of the above systems. Any recommended repairs, replacements or improvements are clearly documented in writing and pictures. The report also includes a summary of any significant issues / safety hazards in red text at the beginning of the report for quick reference.
The summary is often the most important part of the report for people making their purchase decision. Once you’ve moved into your home, you’ll likely find more detail is required, and that’s when the body of the report becomes most useful.
Home safety tips: Your report will provide you with a number of home safety tips and will cover these topics.
- smoke detectors
- carbon monoxide detectors
- overhead garage door openers
- Links to more information on Asbestos - Lead - Mold imbedded in your report for quick reference
- and more!
Home maintenance tips: Your home is a very significant investment for most people. Good preventative maintenance is a great way to protect your investment, your report will provide you information on how to:
- Be safe, comfortable, & efficient
- Save money by avoiding expensive repairs
- Be able to turn the gas, water, and electricity supply on and off in case of emergencies
- Navigate embedded links to other pertinent indepth information
- and more!
Potential Safety Hazards
Each year, home owners sustain property damage and are injured by accidents in the home. While some accidents may not be avoidable, many other accidents, injuries, and deaths may be avoided through the identification and repair of certain hazardous conditions.
Examples of such hazards include:
- malfunctioning, improperly installed or missing ground fault circuit protection (GFCI) devices;
- malfunctioning arc fault protection (AFCI) devices, required on new construction since 2001;
- ordinary glass in locations where modern construction techniques call for safety tempered glass;
- the lack of fire safety features such as smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
- fire-rated doors in certain locations
- functional emergency escape and rescue openings in bedrooms (EGRESS);
- excessive spacing between balusters on stairways and porches;
- improperly installed, missing or defective safety devices;
- lack of electrical bonding and grounding and
- potential asbestos, and lead products.
We try to ensure that all potential home owners are informed of these hazards, even when these conditions may not have violated building codes or common practices at the time of the construction of the home, or they may have been “grandfathered” because they were present prior to the adoption of codes prohibiting such conditions. We record them as "Poor" when performing an inspection for a buyer or seller, if they can be reasonably determined.
As always, Kootenay Home Inspections will ensure that you completely understand your report. If you ever have any questions we will answer them anytime! Feel free to call 250-304-3232, any and all questions are important to us!