About Home Inspections

When buying a home you should always have a professional home inspection performed. You need to know exactly what you are getting. The professional home inspection will reveal any hidden problems with the home so that they may be addressed before you close the deal. This will make your buying decision much easier and gives you greater confidence moving ahead.
When we inspect the home we will look at the systems that make up the building such as:

  • Structural elements, foundation, framing etc...
  • Plumbing systems
  • Roofing
  • Electrical systems
  • Cosmetic condition, paint, sidings etc...

The inspection report will tell you what needs to be repaired and what routine maintenance tasks you should perform to keep the house in top condition.
You should insist on an inspection at the time you make a formal offer. Make sure the contract has an inspection contingency. Then, arrange for an inspector of your choosing to come inspect the house and pay close attention to the inspection report. If you aren't comfortable with what we find, you should demand that the seller correct the problems before closing - or negotiate for a lower purchase price or better terms to compensate.
The professional home inspection will reduce the risk of costly surprises with what is likely to be the largest purchase you will ever make. It helps you make a more informed decision. 

Most common defects

Most houses are not perfect. Even the best built and best maintained homes will always have a few items in less than perfect condition. Below are some of the items commonly found when inspecting a home:
  • Roofing - Problems with roofing material are the single most common defect we find. Usually it doesn't mean the roof needs to be replaced - simply that it is in need of maintenance or repair.
  • Ceiling stains - Caused by past or present leaks, ceiling stains are very common. It can be difficult to tell whether the stains are from leaks still present, or were caused by leaks which have since been repaired.
  • Electrical hazards - Common in older homes, but also found in newer homes. Electrical hazards include over fused breakers, incorrect wire gauge, ungrounded outlets, incorrect wiring by the homeowner etc..
  • Rotted wood - Caused by being wet for extended periods of time, most commonly found around tubs, showers and toilets inside, or roof eaves and trim outside.
  • Water heater installations - Many water heaters are not installed in full compliance with local plumbing code.
  • Airconditioning and Heat pumps - Leaking drip pans, broken/missing insulation, dirty filters, inability to achieve the typical temperature differential. 
  • Gas furnace - Most gas furnaces seem to be in need of routine maintenance such as new filters or gas company certification at the least. Many have other issues such as faulty operation or inadequate fire clearance.
  • Plumbing defects - Plumbing issues commonly found include dripping faucets, leaking fixtures, slow drains etc... Even in brand new homes, it is common to identify minor plumbing defects.
  • Landscaping - Negative slope to house resulting in poor drainage and possible water damage to the structure.


  1. Senior Inspector
    Lutz Vomberg
    Senior Inspector
    Certificate # 62671.