Home  Inspection Check-List
Neil Card (613) 823-8844 
Welcome All Home Buyers and Sellers!
  The purpose of this free home inspection material(s) is not to replace the importance of having a professional home inspector thoroughly evaluate the current condition of the home to make sure that there are no visible or possibly hidden defects that you should be aware of before purchasing or selling the property.
  Instead I would like to cover some of the more common and easily identifiable problems that Ottawa area home inspectors look for during a thorough home inspection that you can also easily check to determine if this home is in as good a condition as it first appears.  You should also bring a copy of the printable home inspection forms that can be opened from a link at the bottom of this webpage to take notes of any defects and/or concerns (Keep in mind that many components of a home including the roof coverings, electrical outlets, light switches, appliances, driveway, furnace, air conditioner etc. have an average twenty year life expectancy) depending on various conditions and quality.

Caution: Under no circumstances should you be operating any appliances such as, furnace, gas fireplaces, air conditioners, hot water tank, electrical, main water supply that are turned off or that cannot be operated with a faucet, thermostat, regular wall switch etc.There may be safety reason(s) as to why a possibly defective appliance is turned off that you are not aware of and you may be putting yourself and others in danger or you could also cause serious property damages by attempting to operate these turned-off appliances. We recommend that when scheduling a home inspection that the home owner be contacted to make sure all utilities and appliances are turned on and operational.  

As a professional certified home inspector,I always start every home inspection from the outside and far enough away from the home so that I can view the entire house including the roof, sidings,chimneys, etc. from the front, sides, and the rear of the home. You may want to bring a pair of binoculars for this part of the inspection so that you can get a closer look at the roof coverings and chimneys etc. A digital camera to take pictures of any areas of concern is also a good idea. Once that is completed, I move in closer and while walking around the house I like to check the visible condition of the driveway, walkways, sidings, windows, decks (steps, railings, supports) air conditioner, foundation walls(cracks), fences, grading (making sure that all water flows away from the foundation walls), trees too close to the home and vines or shrubs that are touching the brick siding or shingles Etc., eavestroughing  & downspout condition. (all downspouts should extend four to six feet awat from the foundation wall and water from the upper roof eavestroughing should not flow across the lower roof shingles as this will cause damage to the shingles (downspouts should extend across the lower roof and into the lower roofs eavestroughing)

Check the basement stairs for missing/loose railings or any other apparent safety conditions
Check for a floor drain or working sump area (Required by insurance companies) If you do not find what you are looking for here, please Email: barrhaven@rogers.com with your questions.


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