Types of Home Inspections

Erich Kelter - Wednesday, October 05, 2011

When you start thinking about home inspections, what is the first thing you think of?  You might believe that they are necessary only for people who are buying a used or older home, but that simply is not the case.  Any homeowner can benefit from regular home inspections.  In fact, they should be part of your household yearly maintenance budget.  By having an inspector look at your home once or twice a year, you can avert costly, major problems with your home. 

There are several types of home inspections.  It just depends mostly on what you are concerned about.  For example, if you think mould is a problem, then you might ask for an inspection that focuses on mould or moisture problems.

Here are some of the basic types of home inspections you can ask for:

  • Mould inspections – look for existing mould or moisture problems that could lead to mould growth or health problems
  • Thermal Imaging Inspections – identify missing insulation, leaks in the plumbing, moisture problems, overheating electrical components, and places where heat is being lost
  • WETT inspections – examination of the chimney and all parts of a fireplace or wood stove
  • Pre-purchase and pre-listing inspections – complete inspection of the home to identify any potential trouble areas so they can be corrected before the home is sold or purchased
  • New home inspections – pre-delivery inspections cover all the bases to make sure the newly built home is perfect before the buyer gets the keys
  • Warranty inspections – performed right before the builder’s warranty on a newly constructed home is about to expire; looks for any construction issues that may have arisen during the first year or two of the home’s life
  • Eco energy audits – identifies areas where the homeowner can save money and qualify for eco grant money from the government to make their home more environmentally friendly

Home inspections are not something you should keep putting off.  A house is a very complicated investment, and there are many things that can go wrong with it at any given time.  The best way to avoid costly repairs is to catch them early through regular home inspections.  When you’re paying attention to your home and keeping it up properly, you won’t be caught off guard and you’ll be able to avoid serious issues with it.

Above Grade Home Inspections offers service throughout the Barrie area.  Their inspectors specialize in all types of home inspections and in keeping your home safe and helping you save money.

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