Residential Home Inspection
The Red Leaf Residential Home Inspection is a comprehensive and non-invasive inspection of all safely accessible systems and components of the home. We will check the condition of all systems and find problems or potential problems that buyers need to know about before purchase. Our inspection adheres to the Standards of Practice (SOP) as stated by The Home Inspectors Association of BC (HIABC). During our inspection services, we inspect accessible areas including:
- Exterior systems
- Roofing, flashing, penetrations, and chimneys
- Structural systems
- Plumbing systems
- Electrical systems
- Interior components
- Heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems
- Fireplaces and solid fuel-burning appliances
- Insulation and ventilation of attics, crawlspaces, and unfinished basements
Pre-Listing Home Inspection
If you’re about to sell a home, you should know that a Pre-Listing Inspection can make your home more appealing to buyers and save you time in the long-run. During our inspection, we will find any issues that might deter buyers or lower their offers, giving you the opportunity to have the home repaired before listing it.
Home Energy Service
For the eco-minded individual, we can perform a home energy inspection for existing homes, or during the planning phase for new homes. We perform an analysis, including a blower door test, then provide information about upgrades. Plus we’re always available to come and re-test. Owners of energy efficient homes can qualify for grants – ask us!
Our inspection services extend to commercial buildings. Allow us to check the property for fit, overall condition, and safety. We inspect both smaller commercial properties such as storefronts and offices, and also larger properties such as warehouses and manufacturing.
Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inspection
If the home has a wood-burning appliance, your insurance company will require a WETT Inspection to make sure that it is compliant. We’re able to provide this service during the inspection, keeping you from having to be inconvenienced by a second inspection at another time.
TOOLS WE USE FOR INSPECTION SERVICES
Thermal Imaging Camera for Infrared Scanning
We use a Thermal Imaging Camera as needed with our inspection services, but we also offer it as a stand-alone service. The camera allows us to see heat signatures, which we wouldn’t be able to see with the naked eye, and picks up areas of moisture or heat loss. This helps us find numerous issues, like an overheating electrical panel and hidden moisture intrusion.
Moisture Meter for Mold Inspection
With a Moisture Meter, we can measure the levels of moisture in all different areas of the home. High levels of moisture indicate an intrusion issue and help us find areas where mold is growing, is likely to grow, or cause damage to structural materials. Mold can be dangerous to the respiratory health and you and your family, so it is important to find it and remedy it as quickly as possible.
We use a Crawl Rover as needed during our inspections. The rover can be used to inspect crawlspaces or roofs that are unsafe to access, collecting photographs and video that we can then use to find issues in these areas.
Gas and CO Detector
Gas leaks in the home are extremely dangerous. With a Gas Detector, we can figure out if there is a gas leak in the home and pinpoint the source so that remediation of the issue can begin.
A Borescope, which has a small illuminated camera on the end of a long, flexible hose, allows us to see and inspect otherwise hard-to-reach areas.