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The Scope of a Home Inspection

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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 one to four family dwellings. 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.