NOT INCLUDED IN A HOME INSPECTION. 

  • sewage disposal sytem outside the home. (septice, lagoon, or city sewer pipes),

  • location of buried oil tanks or other fuel storage systems, (visible evidence is reported however) 

  • material testing to identify hazerdous materials (asbestos, mold) 

  • air sample testing

  • condition or performance of cosmetic finishes (flooring, paint, cabinets) unless it pertains to building perfomance, or persents a safety concern. 

  • appliances

  • outbuildings other than the garage. 

  • a guantee. 

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things that are

Good to know. 

HAVING YOUR HOME INSPECTED?  GOOD THINGS TO KNOW.  

  • Provide access to the following systems; electrical panels, furnace, water heater, all crawlspaces and attic hatches. An inspector cannot move your personal items to gain access, and will have to document the limitation if there is no access. Very often this makes buyers feel uneasy and can lead to a collapsed deal. 

  • Notes / reciepts left for the inspector are helpful. If the water heater failed and left stains in the basement, just leave a note. If that downspout leader next to the house caused water to enter the basement, leave a note. Just had new shingles installed? Leave a receipt.  

  • Provide permit numbers for any major work done. 

  • Make arrangements for your pets to be elsewhere or kennel them. (Pets can become very stressed with strangers in the house, and it is difficult for the inspector to control them while carrying ladders and tools in and out of the house. 

  • Leave a note at any system or component that is broken or unsafe and could injure the inspector. 

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HOME INSPECTORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO

  • operate water, gas or electrical main switches/valves.(including gas fireplace pilot lights) 

  • use invasive tools in any way. (screw drivers, hammers, pry bars) except to remove the electrical panel cover. 

  • move personal affects in the home.

  • discuss property values or price

  • provide estimates for repairs on reported items. 

  • indicater whether or not you should buy a home. 

  • inspect homes without a valid license or valid insurance. 

 ATTENDING YOUR INSPECTION? GOOD THINGS TO KNOW

  • the buyer and one additonal person are encouraged to attend. Additional people distract from the inspection and increase risk of damage to the property. Extra people may not be allowed to participate in some cases. 

  • the first portion of the inspection is outdoors so dress for outdoor conditions. Wear suitable shoes as you will walk around the house. 

  • shoes must be removed when indoors (bring indoor shoes if you wish) 

  • no smoking is allowed during the inspection

  • a note pad is helpful for taking notes. A tape measure is helpful if you plan to order appliances. 

  • ask lots of questions but stay on topic. (ask electrical questions at the electrical panel etc. ) 

  • do not bring any tools other than a flashlight and tape measure. 

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HOME INSPECTORS IN BC MUST BE LICENSED.