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Pre-purchase Inspections

Buying a new home is so exciting! It’s also a major investment, so you want to be sure that it’s really as good as it looks to you. That’s where we come in.

ACE Home Inspection service provides a thorough examination of your potential new home before you buy.

We scrutinize the structure and all major systems of the home – from the roof top right down to the foundation – and provide you with a comprehensive written report alerting you to any material defects or other potential concerns.

Make your next move a wise one by making your offer subject to an ACE Home Inspection!

Indoor Air Quality Inspection

Research has shown that the quality of indoor air can be worse than that of outdoor air. Many homes are built or remodelled more tightly, without regard to the factors that assure fresh and healthy indoor air. Our homes today contain many furnishings, appliances and products that can affect indoor air quality.

If too little outdoor air enters a home, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems. Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly years later.

Mold Inspection

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead trees. But indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet.

There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins).

Thinking of Renovating?

You can avoid renovation nightmares by finding out what you don’t know before you start. Our comprehensive home inspection report will give you the information you need to create a feasible renovation design plan, and alert you to any structural, plumbing, heating, electrical, or other issues you may encounter.

Home Inspection Details

  • Roof
  • Exterior
  • Basement
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Fireplace
  • Attic
  • Interior
  • Infrared

Roof

  • roof covering
  • gutters
  • downspouts
  • vents, flashings, skylights, chimney and other roof penetrations
  • general structure of the roof

 

Exterior

  • siding, flashing and trim
  • all exterior doors, decks, stoops, steps, stairs, porches, railings, eaves, soffits and fascias; and report as in need of repair any spacings between intermediate balusters, spindles, or rails for steps, stairways, balconies, and railings that permit the passage of an object greater than 4 inches in diameter
  • a representative number of windows
  • vegetation, surface drainage, and retaining walls when these are likely to adversely affect the structure
  • exterior wall covering

Basement, Foundation & Crawlspace

  • basement
  • foundation
  • crawlspace
  • visible structural components
  • report on the location of under-floor access openings
  • report any present conditions or clear indications of active water penetration observed by the inspector
  • wood in contact or near soil
  • report any general indications of foundation movement that are observed by the inspector, such as, but not limited to: sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, or floor slopes
  • report on any cutting, notching and boring of framing members which may present a structural or safety concern

Heating

  • the heating systems and describe the energy source and heating method
  • report as in need of repair heating systems which do not operate
  • report if the heating systems are deemed inaccessible

Cooling

  • the central cooling equipment using normal operating controls

Plumbing

  • determine if the water supply is public or private
  • verify the presence of and identify the location of the main water shut-off valve
  • water heating equipment, including venting, connections, energy source supply system, and seismic bracing, and verify the presence or absence of temperature-pressure relief valves and/or Watts 210 valves
  • flush toilets
  • run water in sinks, tubs, and showers
  • the interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets; drain, waste and vent systems, including all fixtures
  • describe any visible fuel storage systems
  • drainage sump pumps and test pumps with accessible floats
  • water supply, drain, waste and main fuel shut-off valves, as well as the location of the water main and main fuel shut-off valves
  • report as in need of repair deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously
  • report as in need of repair deficiencies in installation and identification of hot and cold faucets
  • report as in need of repair mechanical drain-stops that are missing or do not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs
  • report as in need of repair commodes that have cracks in the ceramic material, are improperly mounted on the floor, leak, or have tank components which do not operate

Electrical

  • the service drop/lateral
  • meter socket enclosures
  • the means for disconnecting the service main
  • describe the rating of the service amperage
  • panelboards and overcurrent devices (breakers and fuses)
  • report on any unused circuit breaker panel openings that are not filled
  • the service grounding and bonding
  • a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures, and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be AFCI-protected during the inspection using an AFCI tester, where possible
  • test all Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles and GFCI circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs during the inspection using a GFCI tester, where possible
  • report the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring, if readily visible
  • report on any tested receptacles in which power was not present, polarity is incorrect, is not secured to the wall, the cover is not in place, the ground fault circuit interrupter devices are not properly installed or do not operate properly, evidence of arcing or excessive heat is present, or where the receptacle is not grounded or is not secured to the wall
  • the service entrance conductors and the condition of the conductor insulation
  • report the absence of smoke detectors;
  • service entrance cables;
  • report as in need of repair deficiencies in the integrity of the insulation, drip loop, or separation of conductors at weatherheads and clearances from grade or rooftops

Fireplace

  • the fireplace, and open and close the damper door, if readily accessible and operable
  • hearth extensions and other permanently installed components
  • report as in need of repair deficiencies in the lintel, hearth and material surrounding the fireplace, including fireplace opening clearance from visible combustible materials

Attic, Ventilation & Insulation

  • insulation in unfinished spaces
  • ventilation of attic spaces
  • mechanical ventilation systems
  • report on the general absence or lack of insulation in unfinished spaces

Doors, Windows & Interior

  • open and close a representative number of doors and windows
  • walls, ceilings, steps, stairways and railings
  • report as in need of repair any spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles or rails for steps, stairways and railings that permit the passage of an object greater than 4 inches in diameter
  • garage doors and garage door openers by operating first by remote (if available), and then by the installed automatic door control
  • report as in need of repair any installed electronic sensors that are not operable or not installed at proper heights above the garage door
  • report as in need of repair any door locks or side ropes that have not been removed or disabled when garage door opener is in use
  • report as in need of repair any windows that are obviously fogged or display other evidence of broken seals

Infrared Training Center Certified Thermographer Level 1

ACE Home Inspection provides you with a Non Invasive Infrared Home Energy Assessment.
It reveals hidden deficiencies such as:

  • Missing Insulation
  • Water Damage
  • Heat Loss

Under-floor radiant line spacing
was identified to be below the
designer's specified instructions.
Infrared can also be used to view
different radiant flooring heat
zones, crimps in tubing and
other post-installation
validation concerns.

 

Click here to view our sample Home Inspection Report.

All of our home inspections are done in compliance with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors Residential Standards of Practice. To review the complete document, click here.

ACE Home Inspection’s Certified Home Inspector services are available in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley, BC.