General Home Inspection

The General Home Inspection, as well as our other services, abides by the Standards of Practice (SOP) as stated by the Home Inspectors Association BC (HIABC). The scope of this non-invasive inspection includes the following safely accessible areas of the home:

  • Exterior systems
  • Roofing, flashing, penetrations, and chimney
  • Structural system
  • Plumbing system
  • Electrical system
  • Interior components
  • Heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system
  • Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances
  • Insulation and ventilation of attics, crawlspaces, and unfinished basements

Additional Services

Free Home Inspection Consultation

Free Consultation

If you have decided to move forward with your home purchase after an Essential Home Inspection’s inspection and are now a proud homeowner, we offer a free consultation to help you feel more knowledgeable, comfortable, and secure in your new home. We will discuss all of your questions about maintenance and renovation in detail and offer our professional advice about your new home.

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Re-Inspection

During a Re-Inspection, we revisit a home that we’ve inspected previously and pay special attention to how the requested repairs were handled. We check to make sure that all requests were addressed properly and that buyer and seller are still on the same page.

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Pre-Listing Inspection

Sellers who want to address issues in the home before potential buyers find them should schedule a Pre-Listing Inspection. We will perform a thorough inspection of the home prior to listing so that the seller can make repairs before issues are discovered by the buyer’s inspector. Having a Pre-Listing Inspection performed can also help the seller come to a more accurate listing price, reduce issues with negotiations and eliminate conditional offers, often helping the home to sell more quickly and meet its asking price.

Maintenance Home Inspection

Maintenance/Pre-Renovation Inspections

We offer inspections and consultations for home owners wishing to renovate their properties or who are debating whether to renovate or to buy a new home altogether. We will inspect the home for issues that owners should be aware of before moving forward with their projects and offer our professional advice on budget estimates, necessary repairs and upgrades, and the best types of contractors for the job.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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Thermal Imaging

We use a state-of-the-art thermal imaging camera as needed during our home inspections to offer customers additional peace of mind. The infrared camera picks up areas of heat loss within the home’s structures that can’t be seen with the naked eye and helps us find hidden moisture intrusion and damage.

Moisture Meter Inspection

Moisture Meter

A Moisture Meter is used during our inspections to measure the levels of moisture within different areas of the home. Areas with unusually high moisture levels could be susceptible to mold growth and are important to identify.

10% of all profits will be donated to Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities in Canada and in over 70 countries worldwide. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity

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Call Essential Home Inspections now if you reside in or around Okanagan Valley and are looking for a trustworthy home inspector.

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