Getting You The Facts About A Home
We want to make sure you are aware of the shape and condition of your home and that is why we follow the industry’s best practices and use the latest technology to make sure you get a thorough and complete home inspection. Below you will find some information about the home inspection process and the Infrared Technology we use to make every home inspection a quality one.
What is Infrared?
Infrared Thermography is the easiest and quickest method to detect moisture, electrical issues and energy waste in buildings. An infrared camera can pinpoint exactly where the problems are and helps focus the inspectors’ attention allowing him or her to properly diagnose the areas of concern. Thermal Image testing is also an important quality control measure when building or renovating a house.
Integra includes Infrared thermal imaging on ALL of our home inspections. That’s how much we believe that IR imaging needs to be a part of every inspection, not just something that is performed at an extra cost or not at all. If you’re not getting thermal imaging as part of your inspection, you’re not getting a full inspection!
Integra also inspects components like flat roofs, stucco and other building items.
No House is Perfect
Not even brand new Calgary homes are flawless. But that doesn’t mean you should give up the search for your dream home. It does mean that when you find the right house, you need to go one step further and find out what problems could arise in the future. Buying a house is one of the biggest investments most people will ever make, so it makes good sense to have it checked out by a certified professional. That is when you should call on the services of a qualified Integra home inspector.
What is a Calgary Home Inspection?
We inspect to the ASHI standard for home inspection. It has been developed by industry experts. In its simplest terms, a home inspection is a visual analysis of the major systems of a house. These include a checklist of the roofing, exterior, structure, electrical, heating, cooling, insulation, plumbing and the interior.
Why Have a Home Inspection Performed?
The unknown can be a source of anxiety for any home buyer. A certified home inspection is for Calgary relocations and buyers who want to know the true condition of the house with a due diligence check. After deciding that a home is suitable in terms of location, size, interior layout and other lifestyle factors, it is also important to learn about the mechanical features.
Some of the items covered during an inspection are:
- What (if any) structural work is necessary to ensure safety?
- How long before the roof will need replacement?
- How long before the furnace / air conditioner will need replacement?
- Is the electrical panel properly wired? Any special safety concerns?
- Are the insulation levels adequate?
- Is the fireplace safe?
- Basement leakage
A properly written home inspection report will identify the condition, corrective action (provide, repair, monitor), where to find it in the home and the time frame in which the action should take place.
How Long Does it Take?
A typical home inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete on site. This can vary a little bit given the current condition of the home, size and accessibility of mechanical systems. As we complete our final report back at our offices you don’t need to wait for the inspector to complete the report. Typically we spend an hour or more producing the report.
Can I Follow the Inspector and Ask Questions as We Go?
Absolutely. It is important for you to understand how the house works from a technical standpoint. By attending the home inspection, you are able to see first-hand the conditions that will be described in the home inspection report. It also allows the home inspector to show you what to do in case of emergency regarding the electrical, plumbing and furnace. If you have any particular concerns about the property, this is the time to get answers. A good Calgary home inspector will encourage questions and take the time to explain things off the checklist so that you can be more comfortable with your decision to purchase the home. Some inspectors will also show you how to perform basic maintenance on the furnace, humidifier, water heater, etc. For that reason alone, it’s important that you attend the inspection.
How Much Lead Time is Required to Book an Inspection?
You should allow yourself at least 48 hours to be sure of arranging a time that works for everyone involved, but certainly it is not uncommon to get next-day appointments.
The purchase of a home in Calgary is one of the most exciting and important decisions you’ll make and you can’t afford to gamble on the outcome. So, before you buy your next house, let an Integra Calgary Home Inspector examine it first.
Drone Usage in Roof Inspections
Drones, also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are becoming more common and have been adopted by our inspectors as a useful tool for roof inspections. New ultralight drones offer sophisticated capabilities and do not come with the complex regulatory issues of larger drones. Our Inspectors can quickly and effectively deploy a drone, fly it to the object they wish to inspect and view it in real time, remotely in high definition (HD) as if the object were directly in front of them.
Conventional methods of inspecting roofs include walking on the roof, viewing the roof from the ground or at the eaves with the use of a ladder.
Walking the Roof: This Is the best method for inspecting roofs. But its not always possible. Safety is the number one concern. Steep pitched roofs and snow, ice or frost are extremely dangerous. Walking on the roof can also cause damage to the roofing material.
Viewing from a ladder at the roof edge is a common method used when a home inspector cannot go onto the roof. This method has limitations on what might be visible due to neighboring houses and other obstructions like chimneys, valleys, and peaks, etc.
Viewing the roof from the ground is another common method used by home inspectors. With the use of binoculars, inspectors can get a view of the roof, but this also has limitations on what can be seen.
Using a Drone makes for a fast, efficient, and safe way for our home inspectors to perform a roof inspection. Roofs can be inspected using a drone if access to the roof is not possible due to height, steep pitched or other safety concerns. Every angle of the roof is viewed in high-definition and images are captured for review.