What is the purpose of a home inspection?

The purpose of a home inspection is to inform the client of any deficiencies present that may result in significant cost, lack of comfort, or safety concerns.


What is the purpose of a Tarion warranty inspection?

Tarion warranty inspections provide a way for the home owner of a new home to make warranty claims at various stages and milestones against builder defects, unauthorized substitutions, and Ontario Building Code violations.


My home is only a few years old, do I really need a home inspection?

Even “new” homes can benefit from a home inspection. Not all deficiencies are age related. Incorrect installation, poor design and improper usage of materials can cause deficiencies that if caught early may limit the amount of damage and cost associated to repair or correct the situation.


When should I start to look for a home inspector?

The earlier you find a home inspector in the real-estate transaction the better. You can ask the inspector questions about potential homes and you will have more flexibility in choosing an inspection date that works for you.


What qualifications should I look for in a home inspector?

Ensure the home inspector you use is both a member of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors and carries both liability and E&O insurance.


What professional standards are home inspections done to?

Hallway Home Inspections Ltd. conducts all home inspections in accordance with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors "Standards of Practice".


When should we have the home inspection done?

The inspection must take place during daylight hours, so anytime between sunrise and sunset!


Do I need to be present during the inspection?

You do not need to be present for the inspection, however if you are able to attend the inspector can show you any issues first hand and answer any questions or concerns you may have while in the home. The inspection report will cover all items that need to be addressed if you cannot make it.


How long does a home inspection take?

A thorough and complete home inspection typically takes between 3-4 hours to complete depending on size and complexity of the home and includes the inspection of all spaces with clear and safe access (including the roof and attic) as well as the operation of the heating/cooling, electrical and plumbing systems in the home.


What should I do during the inspection?

Feel free to tag along and ask questions, or if you get bored it's a good time to measure rooms and try out any appliances that may be included in the sale of the home.


How is the report delivered?

The report is delivered via email and is an electronic PDF document with lots of pictures and detailed descriptions of the major components in your home, and lists any deficiencies and provides recommendations and priority levels for each item.