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Types of Inspections

vanLieshout Building Services offers a variety of home inspection services to our clients. Home inspections are available in Toronto, Brampton, Hamilton-Wentworth, Peel-Halton, York Region, Wellington and Simcoe Counties.


Types of Inspections available:


Tarion Inspections - Pre-delivery (PDI), 3o day, 1 and 2 year warranty


All builders must conduct a Pre-Delivery Inspection of all homes and condominiums prior to the date of possession.  Let us help you find all items that should be listed on your PDI form, because if it isn't listed it may not get addressed. We can assist with completing your form or act as your designate on the day of your inspection.  Our job is to help you identify items that are damaged, missing, incomplete or in poor operating condition. We will test and demonstrate all of the home's features and systems too.  We can then follow up and assist with the completion of your 30 day, 1 & 2 year warranty inspections as well, to make sure that the builder has followed through and completed all necessary repairs, and dealt with all deficiencies so that you have the home that you set out to purchase.


Pre-purchase


A pre-purchase home inspection provides an opportunity for you to learn how your new home will “work”, where its various systems are located, and how to find all the necessary things to make you feel comfortable . This is why we suggest that you accompany our inspector once he has done the initial walk through of your potential new home. One of the most important things you will want to know are the  locations of the gas and water lines. It is imperative to know their location especially in the event of an emergency, or in case you wish to do any type of renovation work, as you may need to shut them off.  You will also want to know the location of your electrical panel, its main shut off, as well as the location of the furnace shut off switch.


Pre-purchase inspections may also point out areas of potential concern that you may need to take into consideration prior to purchasing your home.  Some people are very comfortable and happy to take on the task of a 'fixer upper', while others would prefer to know that their home will only have minimal regular upkeep issues to contend with.  Our inspector will be able to help to identify those issues which may be of concern and may require further review by a professional engineer or other trades person, while also indicating those items that may look worrisome to a first time buyer, but are typical signs of settling or wear tear on components of the home. This is your opportunity to get a good look at the home/commercial property you are interested in, while having someone there with you who has the training to provide the guidance and information required to make an informed decision about next steps.


Pre-listing


A pre-listing inspection is a home inspection that is performed prior to a seller listing their property for sale.  This gives you the opportunity to identify issues you may not have been aware of prior to listing your home.  As such, you give yourself the chance to make any needed repairs prior to listing your home, especially minor ones that will have the least impact on your pocket book, and ease the mind of  your buyer.  As well, this inspection can identify issues that may impact the selling price of your home thus helping you to establish a more realistic listing, which can help to negate any drawn out negotiations and speed up the sale of your home.  There is also a legal requirement for a seller to identify any major issues that could have negatively impacted a purchaser's desire to buy - taking advantage of a pre-listing inspection will help you to identify any of these issues so that you are able to notify your realtor and any potential buyers of these deficiencies.


Pre-offer


A pre-offer inspection provides you with the same information and piece of mind that a pre-purchase inspection does, however, it is done prior to placing an offer on the home.  This allows you the opportunity to conduct the home inspection ahead of time and eliminate the need to make a conditional offer requiring a home inspection. As such, you are able to make a firm offer based on the knowledge provided during your home inspection.

Post-purchase


A post-purchase inspection is exactly what it sounds like, an inspection done after you've made your purchase.This is an opportunity for you to take a good look at what you've purchased and determine if you have any issues that you may want to deal with sooner rather than later. A post-purchase inspection can also help you to identify components of your home that you need to be thinking about in relation to replacement such as furnaces, air conditioners, roofs, driveways, windows, etc. This inspection will give you your 'honey-do' list of potential repairs and items to monitor for replacement.


Maintenance


A maintenance inspection is an inspection done for the current owner of the home. You may have been in your home for years, have never had it inspected and are beginning to notice that you need to start looking at issues that may be arising with your home.  You need someone to help you identify all the issues and prioritize the urgency of those needed to be done first.  You may even need some assistance determining who the best qualified people are to be completing your repairs.  Our inspector can help identify the right people, tell you the age of your installed equipment and give you an idea of its anticipated life expectancy. 


This type of inspection can be viewed as checkup on the health of your home and all its components, helping you to alleviate big repair costs down the road when done every 3-5 years.


Light Commercial


Light commercial inspections provide a general overview of all the major components and systems, similar to that of a regular home inspection.  However, there may be more specific details you may want us to focus on in this type of inspection relevant to your particular business.  This may require that we meet with you prior to the inspection to determine the scope and expectations you have in relation to the inspection.  This will allow us to determine pricing and turn around time for your report, which will be contingent on the size of the space you would like us to inspect.  Included within the category of light commercial inspections are: low-rise office complexes, apartment complexes, investment properties, restaurants, small warehouses, churches and other non-industrial buildings.