What is a Home Inspection

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The Scope of a Home Inspection

The scope of a home inspection is well-defined by the OAHI Standards of Practice. Home inspection is a professional consulting service offered by trained professionals who evaluate homes and buildings of various sizes. The work is often done in conjunction with a real estate transaction, although it can be done anytime. It focuses on the performance of the home, rather than cosmetic, code or design issues.

A Home Inspection is

  • An in-field evaluation and professional opinion of the performance of the readily accessible installed systems in a home at one point in time
  • Primarily a visual examination
  • Intended to identify components that are significantly deficient, unsafe or near the end of their life
  • Documented with a written report

A Home Inspection is not

  • An insurance policy, guarantee or warranty on the home
  • An invasive or destructive exercise
  • Intended to identify concealed defects
  • A code or design review
  • Able to predict the future or the remaining life of components
  • An environmental review or energy audit

Components Included

  • Roof
  • Structure
  • Exterior
  • Electrical system
  • Heating and Air Conditioning system
  • Plumbing system
  • Insulation and Vapour Barriers
  • Interior
  • Mechanical and Natural Ventilation Systems

What’s Excluded

  • Cosmetics
  • Outbuildings
  • Swimming pools and spas
  • Specialty systems including telephone, cable TV, alarm systems, lawn sprinklers

Carson Dunlop home inspection professionals follow the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI), Standards of Practice as well as their Code of Conduct.

What Our Clients Say

  • Fast turnaround time from request; thorough, good and honest advice re fix-ups aspects and a great reputation for prospective home buyers. One of our client purchasers called Carson Dunlop the ‘Cadillac of home inspections’!

    E.D.; Real Estate Agent

  • I appreciate that the Carson Dunlop inspectors are thorough and not only will bring items of concern to the attention of my buyers but also contextualize their findings to demonstrate how a home compares to neighbouring homes.

    B.W.; Real Estate Agent

  • The inspector was very thorough and took the time to explain everything; the value-added extras such as the report on the school district, drug house check, and recalled appliance checks were invaluable added surprises.

    M.J.; Home Buyer

  • The bottom line summary is a great idea, clearly identifies what the homeowner needs to focus on first. The breakdown of the report is great. Going section by section I can clearly see each component with the recommendations including diagrams and pictures of my personal home. The report looks great and is easy to read. It’s very useful having this document knowing that I can refer to it at any time in the future should an issue arise with my house.

    M.S.; Home Owner