Guardian's Inspection Objectives
To determines if the major building systems systems: appear to be performing their intended function; if there are signs of weakness, deterioration or hazards; if repairs are needed; or if these systems could not be inspected.
To identify conditions that typically affect a buyer's decision to buy or not buy a property, to advise the significance of these conditions and provide recommendations, including priority of repairs and cost estimates for budgeting.
Scope of Inspection
The building structure should be capable of supporting the normal loads of the building and its occupants. We check foundations, walls, floors, and roof supports for damage, deterioration, water presence and improper alteration that results in significant structural weakness and distress.
The building exterior should be durable, resist build up and entry of water and provide for the safe passage and use of the occupants. We check the exterior building surfaces and areas for unsual conditions, deterioration and hazards which often accounts for a significant portion of the total repair and restorative costs.
The roof system should be capable of shedding and conveying water away from the building, resisting weathering and protecting the internal building areas below. We check for leaks, worn roof coverings, defective roof drainage, chimneys and similar conditions.
The electrical system should satisfy modern electrical needs of the occupants. We check for problems with system capacity, distribution wiring, grounding and connections that affect the safe use of the system.
The plumbing system should satisfy the domestic water requirements of the occupants. We check the supply and drainage systems including plumbing fixtures for operation, capacity, durability and leaks.
Heating and Central Air Conditioning
These systems should be capable of providing sufficient heat and cooling for the habitable areas of the building. We checks for proper installation, operation and serviceability.
Interior Areas and Finishes
The building interior areas and finishes should be suitable for the intended use of the occupants. We check for hazards and deterioration that affect the safe use and serviceability of interior areas and finishes.
The building requires sufficient insulation for the comfort of the occupants. We check for deterioration and hazards related to building insulation and air leakage, but can only confirm insulation levels where access is provided.
The building requires sufficient natural and/or mechanical ventilation to meet the needs of the occupants and installed equipment, such as furnaces, fireplaces and exhaust fans. We check for deterioration and hazards related to faulty ventilation.
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The inspection, performed in accordance with the requirements of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors, only provides an opinion of the current conditions as visible at time of inspection. It does not provide any form of insurance, guarranty or warranty of the property or its components.
The inspection may not detect conditions that are not readily apparent during the inspection, such as leaks that occur intermittently, seasonally or in adverse conditions, or where conditions are not visible due to weather, furnishings, other access restrictions, lack of recent use or active concealment. Conditions of drains and concealed wall cavities are typical examples.
The inspection does not include any procedure which may harm the occupants, building or the inspector.
The inspection is non-destructive and general visual in nature, and can not be technically exhaustive. It does not include: disassembly, specialized testing or evaluation of design, capacity to perform according to design, or if installation meets manufacturer's or code requirements.
Specialized systems and equipment such as private wells and septic systems, swimming pools, recreational equipment, sprinklers, alarms and low voltage systems, as well as appliances will be inspected to confirm connections and apparent operation, as accessible. Additional evaluation of these systems by other specialists is recommended.
The inspection may not detect all conditions which may concern a buyer such as environmental concerns, infestation, UFFI, termites, irritants, etc.
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