Eagle Home Inspection’s mission is to provide professional, ethical and quality-conscious Home Inspection services to the Okanagan community. Our goal is to make the inspection process a worry-free experience, where clear and concise information is shared.
We focus on recently built or previously owned homes, town homes and condominiums. We provide a fair evaluation of the condition of the home prior to selling or determine if there are any issues with the home prior to purchasing. We offer general maintenance inspections of homes. This enables you to determine if there are any potential problems that might be present but undetected, or areas of your home that might need to be monitored, for future issues.
The inspection typically takes about four to six hours, depending on the age and size of the home. This is a systematic visual inspection of the house and requires employing some specialized equipment such as;
- Digital camera
- Moisture meter
- FLIR camera
- Electrical meters
- Gas leak detection tools
A home inspection consists of standard components that together provide a complete and thorough analysis of the home.
These components are:
- Structural Components
We will, to the best of our ability, inspect the roof, examine the foundation and footings, floors, walls, crawlspaces and attic, looking for water condensation or penetration. We will examine the roof structure to make sure it is able to handle the forces and pressure that might be put on it. Walls are examined for leakage and mold. Floor cracks are noted, as is any separation from the baseboards. The ceilings, especially around electrical fixtures, must be clear of any signs of water leakage. Structural members are examined for evidence of rot, mold, mildew, insect infestation and damage, and rodent infestation.
- Exterior Faults
We will inspect the exterior by inspecting the siding, soffits and eaves, doors and windows to make sure that they provide a sufficient barrier to the elements as well as a sense of security. We will take a careful look at all access points to the house paying particular attention to the safety of stairs, porches, and decks. Even the garage door is tested whether it’s electronic or manual. The exterior inspection extends out to the land contour, drainage, driveways, walkways, retaining walls, parking structures, and any evidence of abandoned oil tanks. The exterior provides the architectural appeal of the home and needs to be maintained.
The roof is examined closely, looking for loose or missing shingles or tiles. All roof penetrations such as electrical masts, plumbing stacks and chimneys need to be examined for water-tightness. All the flashing and caulking around these structures need to be in good condition to prevent leaks. Tree limbs touching the house or other damage provide a passageway for rodents and also can threaten the house during harsh weather. Gutter debris is noted, and all drains are tested for a tight connection to the house. Skylights and other roof structures are a common source of leakage and need to be checked carefully.
All piping is tested, including drains, vents and waste systems. The supply piping for drinking, washing and cooking are inspected to make sure they are safe and able to be distributed to the appropriate areas in the house, with adequate pressure and volume. The waste system need to be safe and efficient. All drains and piping are examined for signs of leakage, obstructions, or other problems that might be hazardous to the structure and safety of the home.
All the electrical components are examined to ensure they can provide the home with lighting, heating and power in a safe and efficient manner. Service entrance, grounding equipment and distribution panels are examined and tested. Breakers, fuses and wires and carefully looked at to make sure they meet required standards and are safe for the homeowner. The location of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors also is noted in the inspection report.
- Heating/Air Conditioning
Heating must be adequate to provide enough heat to keep the house warm on the coldest days. The air conditioning system must be able to remove the warm air for the house leaving the house cool and comfortable. The entire heating and air conditioning system is tested to verify it is in working condition, and filters are examined for accumulation. Supply pipes are examined for corrosion, obstructions and leakage. Chimneys must be clear of bird nests, and the chimney frame, whether it is brick or made of other components, is to be sound. The heating system is usually complex with many component that have to work well together, so all aspects of the system have to be in good working condition.
Being in the Okanagan, we experience some very cold days each winter so adequate insulation is a necessity. A well-insulated home provides comfort as well as energy efficiency. Attics need to be properly insulated to prevent losing the warm air from the house. It should also be well ventilated, to prevent moisture from doing damage in the attic. All venting fans, roof vents and areas around skylights are inspected. Under-floor insulation, if accessible through the basement, also is examined for deterioration.
Doors, floors, stairways, and windows are all inspected to make sure they operate correctly and that they are safe. There should be adequate heat and sufficient electrical outlets in each room. Interior finishes are inspected for flaws that may indicate water leakage, building movement or inadequate construction practices. A home inspection also includes evaluating the working condition of all interior appliances that are built-in or included in the purchase contract.