The Home Inspection Checklist

What exactly does a home inspection cover?

What does a home inspector look at when they visit my new home?

The home inspection checklist

The AIBQ (Quebec Association of Building Inspectors) provides strict Standards of Practice governing home inspectors within the province of Quebec, which clearly defines the scope of the home inspection. The AIBQ regulation creates a minimum standard which every certified inspector must meet. While some inspectors only meet the standard, others may go above and beyond, providing added value for their client. A home inspector with the right certifications will carefully inspect all major components and systems, with a few exceptions. Let looks at what is covered in a standard home inspection, and what is not.

What is covered…

A home inspector isn’t just looking around (well at least they shouldn’t be!). A professional inspector should follow a defined process, and use a checklist to ensure they cover all aspects of the home. These items include:

  • Overall Structure
  • Roofing, Gutters & Flashings
  • Exterior
  • Windows & Doors
  • Porches, Decks & Patios
  • Foundations
  • Interior
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Heating / Cooling / HVAC
  • Attached Garages
And what isn’t…
  • Satellite Equipment
  • Solar Panels
  • Pools, Hot Tubs and Spas
  • Window Mounted A/C units
  • Detached Garages and Outbuildings
  • Heat loss/gain calculations
  • Invasive Testing
  • Mold Testing
  • Radon Gas Testing
  • Asbestos Testing

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