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RESALE INSPECTIONS

WHAT IS A CONDITION OF INSPECTION?

Usually, the purchaser has put a statement in his/her offer to purchase that the offer is conditional upon a satisfactory home inspection. We recommend that this condition be at least 72 hours to allow sufficient time to book an inspection.

HOW QUICKLY CAN AN INSPECTION BE BOOKED?

We can usually book an inspection within a day or two. Out of town inspections may take three of four days to book as a larger block of time is necessary.

WHAT KIND OF REPORT WILL BE RECEIVED?

A client will receive both a verbal and written report.

Our formatted report is 15 pages long and is filled out on the site of inspection. It is designed to give the client a lot of information very quickly. It has been approved by the American Society of Home Inspectors and the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors.

HOW LONG WILL THE INSPECTION TAKE?

A standard home inspection usually takes about 2 hours. We feel that the communication which takes place between the inspector and client while filling out the report is the most important aspect of the inspection. During this time the inspector outlines his findings in layman's terms and answers all questions our clients may have.

DOES THE CLIENT NEED TO BE PRESENT AT THE INSPECTION?

We encourage the client to be present if he/she wants as it is helpful for them. If the client cannot be at the inspection, they need to arrange for someone to let the inspector into the house (either the Vendor or a Real Estate Agent).

Also the client needs to arrange how he/she will receive their report. Some possibilities are:
    A) we could give the report to the Real Estate Agent who is present at the inspection; (Permission must be obtained from the client)
    B) we could fax the report to the client
    C) we could mail the report to the client
    D) the client could pick up the report at our office.

WHAT WILL THE INSPECTOR LOOK AT?

The inspector will look at the roof and all other exterior areas of concern. He will examine the structural and mechanical aspects of the home: heating, electrical and plumbing systems thoroughly. He will check the structural integrity of the dwelling. He will inspect leaky basements, kitchens and bathrooms, fireplaces and the attic.

WILL THE INSPECTOR GIVE COST ESTIMATES?

Yes. If the client wants estimates listed on the report, she/he should tell the inspector prior to the inspection.

If the client wants more details about his/her repair and renovation ideas, suggest that a customized report might be more appropriate.

WILL THE INSPECTOR GO UP ON THE ROOF?

The inspector will go on the roof unless severe weather conditions or the poor condition of the roof renders it unsafe. If the inspector does not go on the roof, this will be noted on the report.

WILL THE INSPECTOR EXAMINE A SWIMMING POOL?

The inspector will not examine a pool in the winter. In the summer, the inspector will perform a visual inspection only, making no comment on the functional abilities of the equipment. We recommend that purchasers ask their vendor to guarantee in writing that the pool is in good working order.

IS THERE ANY GUARANTEE WITH AN INSPECTION?

Our inspection is visual only. We cannot guarantee that all problems will be obvious at the time of inspection, or that no new problems will develop in the future. We do stand behind our service and will address any call for assistance which a client may have. We also provide an unlimited service warranty. Should any questions or concerns arise, we are happy to remain available to advise our clients about repairs and upgrading that may be necessary.

"We can greatly reduce the risk of buying a home but cannot totally eliminate that risk".

Click here for example report (PDF)
Baker Street Home Inspection Services Inc.
In operation since 1985

Serving the Greater Toronto Area from
Oakville to the west, Newmarket to the
north and Oshawa to the east.
3335 Yonge Street, Suite 402
Toronto, Ontario, M4N 2M1

Tel - (416) 483-3535
Fax - (416) 483-9756
info@bakerstreet-hi.ca
Regular Business Hours (Monday to Friday)
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Our phones are monitored
continuously after business hours.