A Comprehensive Home Inspection Can Be Very Valuable

Published on July 15, 2017

It’s often underestimated - but a good home inspection can be very valuable. Professionally managed, a home inspection can be valuable when buying a home, selling a home, and even renovating a home. The aim is to address problem areas, discover “hidden” issues, and then implement suitable remedies. With Barrier Sciences Group, home inspection services are comprehensive, reporting is objective, and remedy options reflect the best return-on-investment.

For some, a home inspection might be a pre-requisite (buying or selling a property). For others, it might be purpose-driven (undertaking a major renovation). Whatever the situation, the more comprehensive the inspection, the better the overview. And here, Barrier Sciences Group offers an in-depth home inspection checklist that is thorough and exhaustive. For clients who might need more specialized inspections, a customized checklist can be designed as supplementary.

Exterior of the Home

Beyond a general assessment, outdoor drainage flow and downspout drainage is key. In addition, walkways and entryways must be checked. And finally, exterior structures like fencing and decks.

Structural Components

Structural foundation must be assessed - especially for significant cracks. Windows and doors are to be included. In addition: wood siding, stucco, aluminum siding, exterior paint and/or stain.

Roofing and Shingles

A thorough evaluation of shingles (or roofing materials) is required - checking for rot or decay; broken/missing shingles; and improper drainage. As well:  soffits, fascia, chimneys, and vents.

Attic Structure/Cavity

To begin with, checking for structural damage. As well, insulation is assessed for quality and performance. Also:  air barrier, moisture barrier, and ventilation (natural and mechanical).

Interior of the Home

Inspection is all-inclusive:  floors, walls, and ceilings are checked for level, stains, and cracks. Also important:  interior paint, wall coverings, trims/paneling, electrical switches and receptacles.

Indoor Heating/Cooling

Heating and cooling sources checked, including performance issues. This would also include fireplace condition and performance, heating and cooling components, and insulation in walls.

Basement Living Space

Foundation checked for stains, cracks, and moisture accumulation. Structural wood and interior insulation checked for integrity. In addition:  adequate venting and proper vapour barrier.


Indoor plumbing and drainage to be checked for signs of damage, decay, leaking, and stains. The water heater and/or water pump should be assessed, and hot water temperature to measure.

Electrical Wiring

Full inspection of visible electrical wiring, including "knob-and-tube" wiring, if present. Electrical panel must be checked for capacity, connections, fuses, and breakers. Check for code violations.

Heating and Cooling

Complete inspection of the HVAC system – airflow, forced air, chimney connection, combustion odour, and air filter(s). Check the condition and performance of HVAC ductwork (in and out).

Home Inspection Services from Barrier Sciences Group 

With Barrier Sciences Group, customers can be sure of a professional home inspection from end to end. For those buying a property, selling a property, or simply planning a major renovation, a customized home inspection can be of great value. For an onsite assessment, call the experts at Barrier Sciences Group directly at 1-866-333-3920. For information about other BSG services, visit the company website at www.barriersciences.com .

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