Planning a DIY? Read this Home Inspection Checklist

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How to implement a DIY Home Inspection Checklist and why? Let’s face it, no matter how much you want to have your home or property inspected by professional Toronto home inspectors , home inspection cost is quite high. Given that you have the right mix of experience and great service, you will get what you pay for which is quality through and through but not everyone has some of their budget spared for such services. So the idea of doing it themselves as a one off project is very alluring.

If you wish to go this way, we won’t stop you. In fact, we’ve prepared this self home inspection checklist just for you DIY-ers out there.

Doing a self Home Inspection Checklist in Toronto

Fellow Torontonians out there! We understand how our money are all hard-earned so you wouldn’t want to waste any of it. If you think hiring some certified home inspector in Toronto and The GTA to complete a home inspection checklist for you is irrelevant but you seem to be slowly alarmed of minor problems at home and wouldn’t want this to become major headaches in the future then proceed:

First things first

  • Bring protective gear with you! Make gloves handy and have the list printed or ready on your mobile device.
  • You can also bring over a screwdriver, binoculars, small stepladder and receptacle tester just in case you need to do the handiwork right on sight. Have a tool box to keep everything intact.
  • If you’re inspecting areas of the home with little to no lighting, a flashlight will be good company.

Where to check:home inspection checklist Hamilton

  • Ceilings and walls – This should come first because they’re easier to reach right away (except for the ceiling needing some extra ladder help). Check if there are termite tubes present (brownish tunnels), yellow spots indicate water damage on walls or ceilings, black spots are molds while bathroom molds can indicate poor ventilation. Musty smell can be moisture problems and check if there are cracks on foundation walls. Wider cracks should be inspected by a pro right away.
  • Electrical wirings check if outlets are working properly and doesn’t exhibit reverse polarity (this is where the receptacle tester comes into play)
  • Plumbing water pressure problems can always be determined by doing the flushing and opening faucet for sink or tub at the same time. Gurgling noises in the pipes must be noted. Check that pipes go through the wall and not straight to the floor because the latter lacks ventilation. You will need expert help from a plumber to rearrange things around.
  • Exterior – Check if septic tanks are beyond its required age limit. 30 years is enough lifespan. Also inspect shingles for any cracking.
  • Crawlspaces most problems can start here (and the attic). Most homeowners are not fully equipped to even check on crawlspaces.Hamilton home inspection tips

Hazards of a DIY Home Inspection Checklist

Despite the fact that we have just encourage DIY behavior above, you could end up in some particularly dangerous situations if your adventure is not properly done. Some horror stories include a roof that almost collapsed because of wrong attic proportions. There are more of this out there if you’re just keen searching the web but to make it safer for you, shelving in some additional money to ensure that your home inspection is crafted and supported by a professional home inspection checklist  which can turn your household into a worry free abode.

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We want to give all you living in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan, Aurora, King, Stouffville , Brampton, Pickering, Scarborough, Mississauga and all around The GTA the best option out there when it comes to professional house inspection services . If you’ve got the time, call (647) 861-4499 and discuss with our certified home inspector about a DIY Home Inspection Checklist , your needs and budget concerns!

Written by

Navid Aghili, a visionary P. Eng., and professional house inspector, certified by InterNACHI, he has worked his way into many a home within Toronto and the GTA and wishes to extend his trusted services to more residential homes regardless of type (from condo to townhouse). He leads a group of other similarly talented, experienced and certified only inspectors to complete his Inspecting Dream Team. His InterNACHI membership number: #NACHI15041619.