When you have a home inspected, your home inspector will check both the inside and outside of the house. As for windows and doors, here’s what he’ll check for outside.
Look on the Internet. If you live in Leamington, Ontario, do a search for something like “home inspector Leamington Ontario”. I suggest you include the province or else you end up with inspectors from the USA or UK. Look at all you find and call a few. The quality of the website more than likely speaks to the quality of the radon gas inspection.
Another very common problem that is always written up is exposed wiring. When a report note says: “Note: Exposed wiring was noted at…” it is an automatic concern for your buyer.
In real-estate circles there are inspectors that are known as “deal-breakers”. These are inspectors that are known to be very thorough and objective when examining a home. These inspectors don’t go easy on a home. They are working for you, and only you, not the real-estate agent or the seller. This is the inspector you want to get. Unfortunately, you will never get a referral from a real estate agent for a “deal-breaker”.
You can also ask him if he will do the repairs, if needed. Also confirm from him the time that will be needed to carry on the inspection. You should also ask him about the techniques he will be using for the inspection.
Another common finding was “open ground” receptacles in older homes where the old two slot outlets have been replaced with newer three slot “grounded outlets.” If the outlet looks like a grounded oulet, it should be grounded.
But there are the ones that are nice, honest and smart and have your best interest at heart. You hear about them from referrals, they rarely buy billboard ads or spend too much time on mass marketing. Get one of these realtors. They will steer you to a good inspector, a good lender, good contractors, etc.
It’s well known that many accidents occur at home, and this article has only touched on a couple of the items a qualified home inspector will check when he prepares his report for you.