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What To Expect From A Home Inspection

A home inspection is the equivalent of a medical examination by a doctor. It covers the systems of a home from top to bottom. The inspector looks at central air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electrical systems. Physical components of a home are also inspected. These include the roof, foundation, walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors, and other visible structures of the building.

A home inspection generally takes 3-4 hours on a regular sized single family home. Sellers are requested to leave their home vacant for the duration of the inspection. Buyers may attend the inspection toward the end but it is recommended that sellers not return until everyone has left.

The results of the inspection and requests from buyers vary quite a bit. Newer homes (1-10 years old) are usually straight forward. Wear and tear along with minor issues are generally easy to fix. The 2.5.10 home warranty can cover some of these issues.

Moderately ages homes (10-20 years old) are more likely to have maintenance issues arise like furnace, hot water tank, fireplace, and appliances. The inspector may suggest servicing and/or estimate the life expectancy of these items.

Home 20 years and older can yield more challenging findings. Points of discussion could include electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, roof, and windows and doors.

Homes of 30-40 years and older could have many surprises. Things like wiring, plumbing, foundation, roof, and additions could suggest major remediation concerns.


Note that buyers may request that all items, including minor issues, be addressed by the seller prior to final subject removal.


See Seller’s Checklist in Preparation for a Home Inspection for further information.

Visit Canadian Residential Inspection Services for even more information.

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