Ontario Home Inspector For Home Buyers

Ontario,Home,InspectorBuying a house may seem like an endless series of critical, important decisions. When you find the house that is right for you, you need to find an Ontario Home Inspector to educate you about the condition of your new home. This is a commonplace and a wise decision, even when buying a newly constructed home; the additional peace of mind that a professional home inspection offers is invaluable.

Find an OAHI Registered Home Inspector That You Trust

Choosing an OAHI Registered Home Inspector means choosing someone you can trust to objectively and independently provide you with a comprehensive analysis of the home’s major systems and components—apart from anyone's interests other than your own.

Ontario,Home,InspectorOne of the best ways to understand about a home’s condition, habitability and safety is to hire a professional Ontario Home Inspector. The OAHI Registered Home Inspector will go through the property and perform a comprehensive visual inspection to assess the condition of the house and its systems. Home inspections are intended to provide the client with a better understanding of property conditions, as observed at the time of the inspection.

It is highly recommended that the purchaser plan to attend the home inspection. A home inspection may typically require about 2 to 3 hours depending on the size and age of the building. The OAHI Registered Home Inspector should provide you with a written report of the property condition.

OAHI Warns Home Buyers To Look Before They Leap

The cost of the Canadian dream has literally gone through the roof in recent years. And whether mortgage rates are up or down, the purchase of a home still represents the largest investment most families ever make in a lifetime.

The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI), an organization of professional home inspectors in Ontario, warns home buyers to fight the temptation to jump quickly at what may first appear to be a good deal.

Most houses for sale today, old and new, have defects or repair needs, many of them serious. In these cases, any savings achieved through lower mortgage rates or purchase prices can easily get absorbed by unanticipated repair costs after the family moves in.

Defects often go unnoticed by the average person, but are quickly and accurately identified by a qualified OAHI RegisteredHome Inspector. The smart consumer, therefore, will take the time to call in and accompany a professional OAHI RegisteredHome Inspector for a thorough and impartial inspection of the condition of the house before making a final decision.

OAHI Registered Home Inspector will recommend that even before the official "inspection, home buyers can do some checking of their own that will tell them a great deal about the condition a home is in when they first see it, and before they start falling in love with it.

OAHI Registered Home Inspector Will Look At:

Plumbing

Although never ranked as a number one problem, plumbing defects still rank high among the house problems encountered, and include the existance of old or incompatible piping materials, as well as faulty fixtures and waste lines. With rural lots, the source of the water and the delivery system must be considered, is the water safe and can the pump deliver the desired pressure. Old water heaters may not be able to provide an adequate supply of hot water for your family. Another consideration is the fact that lead piping was used once and may still be found in some old houses, as well, even new plumbing, if installed by an amateur or a few decades ago, may have been assembled with lead solder.

Roofing

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Although reported by only 8.5% of the respondents of a recent survey as the most common problem, roof leakage, caused by old or damged shingles or improper flashing, was considered, by OAHI members to be a frequent problem. Find out how old a roof is and you'll have a good idea of when you will have to replace it. A tar and gravel roof is good for around 15 years, asphalt & wood shingles 15 to 20, and wood shakes 20 to 25 years, less in the southern regions of the country.

HVAC

- Heating System

The transition from old systems (wood or coal burning stoves) to modern oil or gas fired central heating was often made by alterations to existing equipment. Sometimes these modifications were done properly more often they were not, and supplimental heat is frequently needed. In addition, heat ditribution pipes or ducts may have deteriorated with age and need replacement. Other problems include broken or malfunctioning operation controls, blocked chimneys, and unsafe exhaust disposal.

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- Ventilation Considerations

When older homes were built, energy conservation was not even a consideration. Special attention must be paid to conservation measures that may or may not have been installed. On the other hand an unknowledgable home owner, in an attempt to seal and insulate his house may have created more problems than he solved. A house can be made energy efficient but it must also breathe. "Over-sealing" will cause excessive interior moisture, allowing the growth of moulds, fungi and bacteria, creating an extremely unhealthy environment for both the home occupants and the house itself.

Electrical

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Second only to water penetration in basements and crawl spaces, improper electrical wiring is one of the major home defects. This includes such situations as insufficient electrical service to the house, inadequate overload protection, and amateur, often dangerous, wiring connections. When many older houses were wired, the only requirements were a couple of lights and an occassional outlet - clearly inadequate for todays needs. If the electrical system has not been modernized, or if modernization has been done by amateurs, a sizable expenditure may be anticipated.

Basement Water Infiltration

- Causes of Basement Water Infiltration

Improper surface Grading/Drainage is responsible for the most common household maladies: water penetration of the basement or crawl space.

Basement Water Infiltration - Curing Wet Basement Blues

For some homeowners, a wet, damp basement is as sure a sign of spring as the first tulips blooming in the garden.

Some basements actually flood with water during heavy rains. Other signs of dampness may include excessive condensation on windows resulting in frame rot or simply a musty smell caused by the mould and mildew that thrive in a damp environment. Efflorescence, a whitish powder that appears just above ground level on the outside walls or at the base of the inside basement wall, is a sure sign of dampness.

The first step in curing chronic basement dampness is discovering the source of water leakage. Here are some of the common causes and cures for basement dampness:

  • INTERIOR DAMPNESS
    - Condensation within the basement can come from a number of sources including washing machines, improperly vented dryers, a basement shower, sweating cold water pipes and leaking pipes. Condensation can also form when warm basement air comes in contact with cold outside walls and basement floor.

    - To counter condensation problems, consider lining the walls with a layer of rigid-foam board insulation. Wrap plumbing pipes with insulation or snap on preformed foam pipe insulators. The use of a dehumidifier is effective in drawing excess moisture from a damp basement. Open the windows occasionally to allow air to circulate. Consider installing a basement vent.

  • IMPROPER SURFACE DRAINAGE
    - If the soil around the foundation is saturated, the excess water will find its way into the basement through cracks in the walls and floor, or by seeping through untreated walls.

    - Make sure the soil is graded away from the basement wall at the rate of about a half inch slope per foot. Check that the gutters are clear of debris so that the rainfall is not overflowing and running down the wall of the house.

    - Downspouts should direct the runoff from the roof and discharge it well away from the foundation. If the downspout is not doing its job, water will pool up along the foundation wall and eventually find its way into the basement.

    - Discourage the growth of clinging vines along foundation walls and locate foundation plantings (shrubs, etc.) well enough away from the walls so air can circulate around the house and through the basement. Keep the bottom gravel surface of window wells clear of debris.

    - If your basement is damp, it is wise to call in a professional for a site inspection. Leaving the problem untreated can damage the structure and the resale value of your home.

Structures

Many houses, as a result of problems in one or more categories, sustain damage to such structural components as foundation walls, floor joists, rafters, and window and door headers. Settlement of the structure, in addition to causing possible damage to the foundation, can also cause problems in the plumbing system. Pipes that were once pitched properly to carry water away may now be pitched the wrong way if settlement is severe. Sagging is a common problem in older homes compounded by alterations to the house. Support structures are often cut away, with no thought to their ability to carry the weight of the building.

Home Inspection - What Is It?

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