A home inspection prior to purchasing gives you some of the most important information needed to protect you and your family. Not understanding the true condition of your potential purchase can cost you thousands of dollars, not to mention countless hours of your time. Regardless of whether an inspection can uncover a major defect or regular needed repairs or maintenance. It makes sense to have an independent review done on your behalf so you have a clear picture. Pre-purchase inspections are visual processes in which all of the items typically used in a home are tested and/or operated to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are opened and closed, roofing materials inspected, and air-conditioning and heating systems operated. The Inspector will fill the sinks and tubs, run the showers and flush the toilets and make notes on the condition and operation of the components tested.
Pre-Listing inspections make your home easier and faster to sell. An inspection can prevent surprises from cropping up at closing time and provide prospective buyers with an atmosphere of good faith and confidence. By knowing about problems in advance, you can then decide if you wish to fix the problem or disclose it to the buyer.
The nature of home ownership, today, generally involves: 1) the breakdown of components; and, 2) proper functioning of the property. Certain persistent problems may need expert investigation to identify a successful resolution. An experienced inspector with a background in construction can identify the cause and recommend an efficient and cost effective remedy. Coast Mountain Home Inspection’s experience, profound understanding of construction, specialized tools, and training will assist you in resolving these often longstanding problems.
New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walkthrough with the builder’s customer service representative or superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the builder depending on the builder’s policy. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before you final walkthrough with the builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. At the conclusion of the inspection a completed report will be distributed to you.
We look at property as a system. There are 4 major components in this system; environment (lot grading, geographical situation, vegetations and etc.), ventilation (air circulation and quality), cladding (building envelope or rain screen) and human effects. We check all these components and for details, we check all building components including:
FOUNDATION, CRAWL SPACE, FLOORS, WALLS, CEILINGS, ROOFS, ATTICS, RETAINING WALLS, WOOD DAMAGING ORGANISMS, INSECTS, RODENTS, etc.
RAINSCREEN, ENTRANCE DOORS, WINDOWS, GARAGE DOOR OPENERS AND THEIR SAFETY STOPS, SOFFITS AND FASCIAS, DECKS, PATIOS, BALCONIES AND PORCHES, SITE DRAINAGE, DRIVE AND WALKWAYS
ROOF COVERINGS, FLASHINGS, GUTTERS, DOWNSPOUTS, SKYLIGHTS, CHIMNEYS, ROOF PENETRATIONS
WATER SUPPLY AND LINES, FAUCETS AND FIXTURES, WATER PRESURE, INTERIOR WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEM LINES/PUBLIC/PRIVATE, FUNCTIONAL DRAINAGE, WATER HEATER, INTERIOR SUMP PUMP SYSTEMS
SUPPLY AND SERVICE ENTRANCE, GROUNDING SYSTEM, SYSTEM AMPERAGE AND VOLTAGE, PANEL RATINGS, OVERCURRENT DEVICES, BRANCH CIRCUIT WIRING, OUTLETS AND SWITCHES, LIGHTING, GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS, ALARM SYSTEMS (SMOKE, CO & INTRUDER)
HEAT EQUIPMENT, COMBUSTION AIR VENTING, FLUES AND CHIMNEYS, THERMOSTATS AND OPERATING CONTROLS, HEATING AND COOLING DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, AIR FILTERS, SUPPLIED HEAT AND/OR COOLING SOURCE IN EACH HABITABLE ROOM
AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM
AIR CONDITIONS, HEAT PUMPS
WALLS AND CEILINGS, FLOORS, STAIRS AND RAILINGS, CABINETS AND COUNTERS, WINDOWS AND DOORS, FIRE WALLS, BASEMENT, WATER PENETRATION
INSULATION AND VENTILATION
ATTIC, WALLS, FLOORS, UNFINISHED SPACES, PIPES AND DUCTS, VENTILATION, VAPOUR BARRIERS, FANS