What a Building Inspector Looks For
The primary role of a building inspector is to assess the structure of the property and to give feedback to the potential owner if there are any major defects that would require significant intervention.
Your BPI inspector will check several areas of the home such as the:
- electrical wiring panels,
- floors and windows
The inspector is looking for signs of current problems and future problems that might develop within your home.
Common Issues Discovered During an Inspection
- Signs of dampness indicating a leak.
- Pest, Termite and Borer damage
- Attempts to identify any dangerous or toxic element present in the home including asbestos and mould.
- Sinking floors, cracked walls, windows and doors that don’t open or shut properly suggesting structural defects
- Electric wiring and plumbing that is not up to standards
The inspector will visually inspect every area that can be accessed.
Any spaces that do not meet minimum accessibility requirements for access or areas that are closed off will not be accessed, such as the roof interior or subfloor’s access hole and crawl space.
Otherwise, the inspector will check every area that is visible, including the roof if it is accessible with a ladder.
Recommendations will be made as to the condition of various areas of the home. The entire roof is examined to determine if it is in good condition and the inspector will note if repairs or replacements are needed.
The total roof is inspected: the body, gutters, downpipes and flashings are examined. The roof construction will also be compared to standards for pitch, strut and joist construction.
An examination of the floors will indicate the condition of the subfloor. A walk through the home will show signs of additional concerns the inspector will expose. He will look for any broken glass, unpainted or damaged walls, windows, flooring or trim.
In areas where grout is used as a water seal, he will examine the grout’s integrity. He will check water flow and test electric switches and will also check exterior constructions, balconies, decks, porches and awnings. A description will be added of the damage, if there is any and recommendations will be made for improving the property.
The average home inspection is visual only; others can be invasive inspections if requested. These visual inspections generally reveal ample concerns and damage to alert a home owner to seek more extensive home evaluations and make better offers on home purchases. Home inspections save home owners thousands of dollars each year by exposing problems before they become aggravated and lead to even more damage.