Our Residential Home Inspection
We visually examine the readily accessible systems and components of a home and operate those systems and components utilizing these standards of practice (opens in new window) as guideline while taking notes, pictures, videos and putting them into a simple yet detailed report. See sample Home Inspection report (opens in a new browser).
What our Home Inspection covers
Our full home inspection service covers literally the entirety of the home. Akin to a head to toe. It covers most systems, subsystems, components of the home both structural and non-structural.
Here is a list of What We Inspect.
How much time we spend Inspecting
We typically spend 2 to a maximum of 4 hours depending on the age, size, condition and what we find while inspecting. We always perform a thorough inspection and this may take some time.
Our Home Inspection report
This is a written communication (including images and links to videos when necessary) of any material defects observed during the inspection and also general notes and observations. We categorize our reports in such a way that it is simple to read, understand and get out the most important part (the summary section).
It takes us about 4 - 8 hours to prepare our detailed reports which is typically 25 - 60 pages again depending on how much we find.
You typically get the inspection report the same day except on very rare occasions first thing in the morning the next day.
Who gets our reports
We send our reports to our clients (the potential buyer, seller or home owner). However with authorization we also send a copy to your realtor or other 3rd parties you request.
This is because our report is the exclusive property of Acetech Home Inspections and the client(s) listed in the report title. We send out an email with a PDF document of the report.
Our Infrared thermal Imaging
We always use thermal Imaging minimally in all our inspections. Thermal imaging shows thermal signatures of objects we cannot sense, touch or see. Different materials emit energy as thermal radiation which can only be captured by a thermal camera. This helps us do a more thorough inspection and help us to serve you better. For a full home thermal imagery and reporting you, please contact us with necessary details.
Your DIY Home Inspection
Knowledge, skill, training, equipment and experience of our inspector aside; you need an unbiased, unemotional, third party, professional inspection of your home or potential home. Our service indicates maintenance or repairs, suggestions, where equipment normal controls are located, potential safety issues, items needing close monitoring and further evaluations and much more.
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make, so it only makes sense to find out as much as you can, to avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home.
Conflict of Interest and our Code of ethics
We always have our clients' best interest at heart. We do not participate in any referrals or rebate programs nor fix any issues or problems discovered during a home inspection. Doing this constitutes a conflict of interest according to our training and Code of Ethic.(Opens in new window)
Home Inspection vs Code Inspection
This is a common misconception with many builders, realtors, contractors and some how ownersWhile we are abreast of Canada building codes, International residential codes and others, we do not inspect or review your home for code compliance as this is done by building officials. Home inspectors are NOT code inspectors or building officials. We may mention and refer concerns and consultations to the AHJ(Authorities having jurisdiction) as a courtesy and most especially when issues, concerns, defects observed may compromise the safety of the occupants or significantly affect the value of the property whether or not they are built to code. In fact we usually do not mention the word code.
Some common Home inspection language and jargon explained
Accessible: In the opinion of the inspector, can be approached or entered safely, without difficulty, fear or danger.
Component: A permanently installed or attached fixture, element or part of a system.
Condition: The visible and conspicuous state of being of an object.
Inspection report: A written communication (possibly including images) of any material defects observed during the inspection.
Material defect: A specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at or beyond the end of its normal useful life is not, in itself, a material defect.
Readily accessible: A system or component that, in the judgment of the inspector, is capable of being safely observed without the removal of obstacles, detachment or disengagement of connecting or securing devices, or other unsafe or difficult procedures to gain access.
Structural component: A component that supports non-variable forces or weights (dead loads) and variable forces or weights (live loads).
System: An assembly of various components which function as a whole.
Unsafe: In the inspector's opinion, a condition of an area, system, component or procedure that is judged to be a significant risk of injury during normal, day-to-day use. The risk may be due to damage, deterioration, improper installation, or a change in accepted residential construction standards.
Residential property: Four or fewer residential units.
Residential unit: A home; a single unit providing complete and independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.