Home and Property Inspection
About property inspection
A property inspection is a process of investigation and discovery. Furthermore, building knowledge is essential to the practice of property inspection. However, the construction itself has little or no relation to the practice of forensic analysis. A property inspector is an investigator — a property detective – someone who observes and evaluates defects. The skills essential for a thorough home inspection are unique, are refined by years of practice, specialised training and certifications.
The focus of a home inspection includes the quality of construction, the overall level of maintenance vs deterioration of the property, the operability and shortcomings of fixtures, compliance with numerous safety standards, old versus new standards of construction and much more.
A property inspection is primarily a comprehensive, visual, but not technically thorough, non-invasive assessment of the state of the property. A professional home or property inspection is an assessment of the current condition of a property. It is not an inspection to verify compliance with building regulations and safety regulations. However, I may refer to such regulations in your report. A similar but more complicated inspection of commercial buildings is a property condition assessment.
The duties of a home or property inspector
I describe the state of the property at the time of inspection. I do not guarantee the future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components. However, I do provide you with a written report, including photos, of my findings at the time of the inspection. Thereafter, you use the knowledge gained to make an informed decision about your pending property purchase.
Property inspection and other inspections
Don’t confuse a home or property inspection with a bank inspection, municipal inspection, NHBRC inspection or a structural engineer’s inspection!
- A bank inspector determines the market value of property, land, and improvements for financial institutions. Therefore, he is not concerned with the state of the property unless it affects the value of the property.
- A municipal building inspector checks buildings to ensure they comply with approved construction drawings, local bylaws and zoning regulations. In addition, he is also responsible for ensuring compliance with local and national building regulations. This applies to new construction projects and additions and renovations to existing buildings.
- The NHBRC inspector inspects all new homes to check that the builder is complying with the NHBRC requirements on site. The NHBRC warranty only covers newly built homes. As a result, the warranty does not cover existing homes or alterations and additions to existing homes.
- A structural engineer is trained to inspect and evaluate the structures of the property only. This is the foundations, slabs, walls and roof. He will not concern himself with the installations and finishes which usually make up more than half the value of the house.
About professional home inspection associations
There are various professional associations that provide education, training, and networking opportunities for a property inspector.
Of these, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is the largest. InterNACHI operates in 65 different countries worldwide and in nine languages.
InterNACHI is the inspection industry’s largest provider of education and training. In addition, InterNACHI has received over 1,400 approvals, recognition and endorsements for its syllabus, instructors, courses, and exams.
Have your property inspection done by the best trained and certified inspector in the property inspection industry!