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Why You Need a Pre-Delivery Halifax Home Inspection!

Sep 3, 2008
The days of simply walking into a new model home and buying a "problem free" product may be numbered. While you may be thinking newer is a "safer" bet with respect to quality and finish in a home, this is not always the case. Many buyers sometimes end up very surprised to find that what they thought they bought, was not what they actually received. Furthermore, they discover that trying to rectify the matter is often times an uphill battle. Consider yourself forewarned!

The time and effort it takes to finally arrive in your new home can be stressful enough without the added anxiety of dealing with unexpected problems after you move in. Failing to take the time to assess the physical condition of a new home is a recipe for disaster. Unexpected repair costs can be crippling if you are on a tight budget.

Bringing in a seasoned professional Halifax home inspector to conduct a pre-delivery Halifax home inspection will make certain that agreed upon specifications, material grade and quality, and construction methods are being being followed.

Prior to taking delivery of your new home, a qualified Halifax home inspector will thoroughly examine the following list of interior and exterior elements:

INSPECTING THE INTERIOR

Plumbing fixtures

* there are no chips in bathtubs, toilets, and sinks

* faucets function as they should

* cabinets are securely fixed to the wall

* caulking around tub and shower enclosures and counter top back splashes is sealed

Doors

* doors are well-fitted and operational

* locks are well-installed and do not rattle

Kitchen

* there are no scratches or marks on counter tops, cupboard doors, sinks, and appliances

* cabinet doors line up properly

* spaces for standard appliances have been measured

* range hood fan and light have been tested

* electrical outlets above the counter are operational

Interior finishes

* wall finishes reveal no uneven paint coverage or shadowing

* handrails are safely fastened and smooth to the touch

Closets

* doors are secure and open and close without a problem

Floors

* there are very few squeaks when walking on the floor

* floor covering surfaces are relatively flat

* seams in carpets and vinyl sheets are tight

* ceramic tiles have no surface cracks

* joints between ceramic tiles are properly filled with grout

* flooring shows no damage, stains, or shade variations

INSPECTING THE SYSTEMS AND EXTERIOR

Heating

* there is no damage to the furnace and hot water heater

* examine the capacity, shut-off mechanisms, and type of filtering

* examine the location and number of cold air returns

* check the location of fuel lines and shut-off devices

Electrical System

* locate the electrical panel and review the functions of each breaker/fuse

* examine the ground fault and arc fault circuit interrupters (GFCI/AFCI)

Basement

* walls are safe from water penetration

* the floor slopes towards a drain

* joists shouldn't span more than 2.1 metres (without bridging/strapping/engineered flooring)

* basement is properly insulated

Brickwork

* mortar joints are filled completely

* there are weep holes at bottom of the brick and above windows and doors

Shingles

* extend over the roof edge a minimum of 12 millimeters

* corners are not lifting

* is properly gas-proofed

* joints are sealed

Other Considerations

* find the switches for mechanical ventilation and circulation fans

* find the plumbing system shut-off valves

* grading is such that there's a gentle slope away from the house

* where the frame meets the wall of the house, ensure caulking is complete around windows and doors

* roof vents are as snug as possible to ridge of roof

In summary, a pre-delivery Halifax home inspection by a qualified Halifax home inspector may not uncover anything major, but will give you peace of mind...peace of mind that is well worth the price!
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