Welcome to Spectrum Home Inspection

Home Buyers

If you are a home buyer, making sure you have all the information before you make such a significant decision of purchasing a home simply makes sense. While you focus on the home’s style, size, layout, price, and neighborhood, Great Lakes Home Inspection’s home inspectors will take care of evaluating its major systems – like the structure, plumbing, heating, roofing and electrical. 

Our commitment to you is that we will answer your questions, address your concerns and help you to understand how various systems of your intended home operate. We are here to assist in helping you make a wise purchase with a home inspection. We’ll provide you with a detailed computer generated written report outlining the condition of the home as well as, accompanying relevant photos pertaining to areas of concern. With a home inspection, this complete reporting method gives you a much clearer picture of the home.

Knowledgeable Home Inspector Experts

Spectrum Home Inspection Service  is a fresh and professional service that puts their clients first. Buying a house is a major investment. It is an exciting and sometimes stressful time due to the unknowns that may accompany the home. Our thorough house inspections leaves no stone unturned to marginalize your risk of making a poor investment. If there is a problem, it won't be missed!

We Notice the Little Things

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The Importance of Having a Home Inspection Checklist

Buying a house is a big investment and because of that, we need to make sure we get your home inspection right. But a house has many different facets, so we break down our inspections into an organized home inspection checklist. No matter what type of house, how old it is, or where it is built, our inspectors follow a specific procedure in order to be extremely thorough and maximize the time spent at the inspection.


Exterior, Lots & Grounds

The exterior section of the report is where most inspections will start. In this category, we look at the overall condition of the exterior ground level systems. This is one of the most important categories because the exterior systems protect your home from the elements. What we look at includes the following:

  • Wall coverings (siding), Flashing, and Trim
  • Eaves, soffits, and Fascias
  • Doors and Windows
  • Decks, balconies, steps, porches etc
  • Driveways and walkways
  • Grading and drainage

Foundations, Basement, and Crawlspaces

A house’s foundation is the base for the whole home. We do everything we can to find any foundational issues or potential issues with the home. This includes visual inspections of the exterior foundation wall, basement or crawlspace foundations, concrete slab defects, and cracking or settling. Foundation problems can be one of the most expensive repairs so it is important that a good overview is performed. We look at the following categories:

  • Foundations, Basements, and Crawlspaces
  • Columns or Piers
  • Floors and walls
  • Basement/Crawlspace insulation
  • Crawlspace Vapor Barriers and Openings

Roofing, Attic, and Ventilation

Everything above the house is just as important as below. The roof and attic are some of the most asked about items during an inspection. The roofing material is visually examined during an inspection, and we always enter every attic. This also includes the ventilation of the attic and all the flues and chimneys that penetrate the roofing material. Here is what we look for:

  • Roof Coverings
  • Chimneys, Flashing and Roof Penetrations
  • Gutters and Downspouts
  • Ventilation of Attic
  • Roof Structure and Attic
  • Attic Insulation and Vapor Retarders

Plumbing Systems

Next on our home inspection checklist is the plumbing. During an inspection, we test every fixture, faucet, and drain line in the home. We look for leaks, pressure issues, and known problematic piping material. Water damage is a huge concern when buying a home, so it is important to get a full overview. This also includes the hot water heater systems. Here are the plumbing items we look for.

  • Water and Fuel Shut-Offs
  • Water Supply Lines
  • Fixtures and Faucets
  • Toilets and Bidets
  • Drain, Waste, and Vent Systems
  • Hot Water Systems
  • Gas Distribution Systems

Electrical Systems

From the main panel to every outlet in the home, electrical is a big component of the home inspection checklist. There are many different facets of a home’s electrical, and we have run into every scenario. Here are the items we inspect:

  • Service Entrance Conductors
  • Main and Sub Panels
  • Main Disconnect Devices
  • Branch Circut  Conductors and Overcurrent Devices
  • Fixtures and Switches
  • Receptacle Operation (Polarity and Grounding)
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)
  • Smoke and CO Detectors

Heating and Cooling Systems

An HVAC system inspection is a major part our home inspection process. We go through both systems, run full operational tests, and do visual inspections of the units themselves.  We also look at the thermostat and control devices. Here are a few of the items we look at during a HVAC overview:

  • Heating Equipment
  • Cooling Equipment
  • Chimneys, Flues, and Vents
  • Thermostat
  • Distribution Systems
  • Automatic Safety Controls

Interior Inspection

A home inspection is mostly concerned with bigger ticket items and major systems, but during our inspections, we also note the cosmetic condition of the interior of the home. This would include holes in walls, general flooring issues, or harmful wall covers. This is all documented in our interior section:

  • Walls, Ceilings, and Floors
  • Doors and Windows
  • Counters and Countertops
  • Bathroom Tubs and Surrounds
  • Venting Systems

Built-In Appliances

All of the permanent appliances in the home are tested during our home inspection. This is a limited evaluation where we run the units look for proper functionality. Below are the appliances we test:

  • Dishwasher
  • Range/Oven
  • Range Hood
  • Food Waste Disposer
  • Microwave Cooking Equipment
  • Refrigerator
  • Clothes Washer/Dryer

Garage and Sprinkler

If a home has a garage or a sprinkler system, we will always inspect these items. In a garage, we are looking for settling issues and garage door operations. With a sprinkler system, we help identify important characteristics and locations of shut-offs, and we will perform a brief test through all the zones. Here are the categories:

  • Garage Walls, Ceilings, Floors
  • Garage Doors and Door Openers
  • Sprinkler Operations
  • Sprinkler Controllers
  • Sprinkler Shut-off Valves
  • Backflow Preventers

Our Services

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Qualified Home Inspector

We are trained to examine your potential new home and identify any problems it might have. We are a family business working to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed choice..

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We Thoroughly Inspect

We examine all the major systems of the house, including the roof, structure, exterior, plumbing, electrical, insulation, and interior. All reports, finished on site and ready for your review within minutes after inspection is completed

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We Protect

A home inspection helps protect you as you make one of the biggest financial investments of your life. We pay particular attention to detail assessing structures, systems, and components for the home's you wish buy, sell, or for the home you currently own 

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Spectrum Home Inspection

10 Handorf Drive, Cambridge, ON n3c3y2, CANADA

(519) 301-3194

Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed