General Home Inspection

Posted in Residential

Purpose of the General Home Inspection

The General Home Inspection is the most thorough and comprehensive home inspection offered. This inspection takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is designed to lower your risk of home ownership.

While no home inspection can eliminate your risk completely, the General Home Inspection will give you the most comprehensive picture of the homes’ current condition.

How the General Home Inspection is Performed

Before our inspector arrives at your home, he has visually inspected the neighbourhood.  This allows him to place the home in perspective with other similar homes in the neighbourhood.
After acknowledging and fully understanding your concerns, he then proceeds to inspect the exterior of the home.

Exterior systems and components inspected:

  • Roof shingles, Roof membrane, Flat roofs, Flashings
  • Structure, Foundations
  • Retaining walls, Garages
  • Brickwork, Siding, Paint
  • Windows, Exterior doors, Porches, Decks
  • Chimney, Skylights, Eavestroughs
  • Driveways, Walkways
  • Patio, Grading (slope of ground)
  • Termites
  • UFFI (Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation)

Our inspector will then take you on an exterior tour of the building and will answer all of your questions and concerns. Once you are satisfied with the exterior inspection, he will proceed to the interior inspection.

Interior systems and components inspected:

  • Structure
  • Foundation walls
  • Basement wetness
  • Walls, Floors, Ceilings
  • Basement floor
  • Attic area, Attic insulation
  • Fireplaces
  • All permanent cabinets
  • Stairs
  • Smoke detectors
  • Central vacuum
  • Interior doors
  • Termites
  • UFFI (Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation)
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom, Tiles, Shower, Plumbing fixtures
  • Water pressure/flow
  • Water and drainage piping
  • Sewage piping
  • Hot water tank, Main water service
  • Electrical service, Main electrical panels
  • Light fixtures, Light switches, Electrical receptacles
  • Distribution wiring, Electrical boxes
  • Furnace, Boiler, Duct system, Humidifier, Radiators, Exhaust flue
  • Thermostat, Baseboard heaters, Air cleaner, Safety switch
  • Central air conditioning
  • Central heat pump

Once the inspection is complete our inspector will take you on an interior tour of the building and will answer all of your questions and concerns.

Systems and components NOT inspected:

  • Fences
  • Washer and dryer
  • Fridge
  • Stove
  • Other appliances
  • TV/Cable
  • Telephone/internet cables
  • Entertainment wiring
  • Security/ video systems

At the end of the inspection, after all of your questions have been answered, you will receive a comprehensive inspection report. This report will detail the home as well as include a summary and comparison of similar homes.

Within this report you will also find:

  • Average component life spans
  • Typical repair costs
  • Moving schedules
  • Maintenance schedules
  • An environmental supplement
  • Filing system to keep track of your costs

General Home Inspection Pricing:

Property List Price
Under $500,000   $425.00
$501,000 - $600,000   $435.00
$601,000 - $700,000   $445.00
$701,000 - $800,000   $460.00
$801,000 - $900,000   $475.00
$901,000 - $1,000,000    $495.00
Thereafter, per $500,000   add $75.00
Second kitchen   add $30.00
Above pricing also applicable for:    
Cottages   + travel charges
Rooming House
· Rooming House is defined as occupant, with no facilities in room
  $125.00 surcharge
Barn/Coach House
· When in conjunction with inspection of main house
   add $165.00
High Rise Condos 
· For units up to 2,000 sq. ft.
   (flat fee) $365.00
There is a $125.00 charge if inspector has to come back because access was not possible. 

All pricing is subject to 13% HST

Please call our office for more information based on your specific needs, telehone: 416-691-9900