What a complete home Inspection Report should include?

Toronto Home Inspection Report

A home inspection report is a detailed report generated after a building or a property inspection. It is a result of a thorough visual assessment of a house or property carried out by a Toronto licensed house inspector hired by a buyer.
A home or property may be subjected to inspection for many reasons. Most home inspections are conducted before a home sale, to unveil any issues that may prove problematic for the buyer. A home seller may also opt to have a house inspection done for getting a property listed or in order to acquire this document to validate and satisfy a potential buyer.

How a home inspection report is generated?

A typical home inspection includes a walk-through tour of the house or property to closely scrutinize the condition of property, any defects, faults and deficiencies are made note of, and repairs (if any) are recommended (recorded on a home inspection report form). During the course of house inspection the house inspector looks for issues that have significant impact on health and safety of a property. This report can be recorded purely from a price assessment and financial standpoint of a property.

Areas which are covered under a home inspection reportSample Home Inspection Report

  • Basement/foundation
  • Structural components
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical systems
  • Heating/cooling systems
  • Doors/windows/frames
  • Ceilings/walls/ceiling and the roofing or any insulations.

After having performed a visual inspection of a property in detail (including all the main systems), a house inspector is bound by State laws and professional association rules to furnish written inspection reports and written house inspector contracts to a client (as a matter of business and professional ethics).
As a smart measure always ask for a copy of the pre-inspection contract from your house inspection firm before the start of inspection. Be cautious of what is written in the agreement. The agreement typically outlines the scope of this report and the cost of associated services. You can ask for a home inspection report sample as well to have a deeper understanding.
Knowing your local or state laws can also prove handy since some states require reports to follow very specific guidelines (certain provisions, font size and specific language).

Specifics of a Home inspection report

The report usually follows a specific template to record details of information on the specified property. After the report is completed, the home inspector furnishes a copy of same to the client.
A home inspection report must clearly identify the systems and components of the property inspected. A well done report would include photos and can contain up to 50 pages of detailed information. The key areas required to be covered in a well formed report are:

  • Major Structures (to include framing and foundation of the property).
  • Exterior of the property including driveways, siding, walkways, , railings, porches and balconies.
  • Electrical system including fuses, breakers, and service panels.
  • Roofing including skylights shingles and flashing.
  • Heating system including venting and associated equipment.
  • Plumbing systems including sump pumps, water heating equipment, pipes and drains.
  • Ventilation and insulation (including those in unfinished spaces and the attic)
  • Cooling system including energy provision sources and related distribution equipment.
  • House Interior features including windows, walls, ceilings, doors, floors, stairs and railings.
  • Fireplaces including vents and chimneys.

The Last Word

There are certain things like swimming pool etc which you may not find on your house inspection report since they require a certification beyond the license of a common house inspector. You can download a home inspection report PDF file to know the exact details.

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.