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What is a Home Inspection?



A home inspection is a professional opinion based primarily on a visual inspection of the readily accessible features of the property.  The focus is to determine the present condition of the home's major systems and components from a performance standpoint rather than cosmetic, code, or design issues. Home inspections are common practice during real estate transactions, but may be performed at any time for various reasons. See the various Home Inspection Services we offer (under the "Services" menu item) for more information. 


A Home Inspection is

  • An in-field evaluation and professional opinion of the performance of the readily accessible systems of a home at a specific point in time

  • Mainly a visual evaluation and not technically exhaustive

  • Intended to find major systems/components that are notably deficient, unsafe, or at/near the end of their life

  • Documented with a written report


A home Inspection is not

  • An insurance policy, warranty, or guarantee on the home or any part/system of home

  • An invasive, destructive, or exhaustive evaluation

  • Intended to find concealed issues or defects

  • An environmental evaluation or energy audit


Included Components

  • Roof

  • Exterior

  • Structure

  • Electrical system

  • Heating and Cooling system

  • Plumbing system

  • Insulation and vapour barriers

  • Interior

  • Mechanical and Natural Ventilation systems


For more detail on the scope of a home inspection, please review the OAHI/CAHPI Standards of Practice and contact us if you have any questions.


What is Exluded

  • Cosmetics and decorative features

  • Outbuildings and appliances

  • Swimming pools and spas/hot tubs

  • Low voltage/specialty systems such as telephone, cable, TV, alarm systems, irrigation systems, etc.


Solex Group home inspections meet or exceed the OAHI/CAHPI Standards of Practice and we strictly follow the OAHI Code of Conduct.​

3D image of home illustrating systems and components included in a home inspection

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