Should I get a Home Inspection on New Construction?

When purchasing an existing home, there is essentially no question about whether or not to get a home inspection. It is so important to cover your bases and make sure you have as much information as possible before submitting an offer. However, when it comes to new builds, this decision may not seem as straightforward, and many people wonder if a home inspection is really necessary. After all, why would you need an inspection on a home that is brand new, supposedly in perfect condition, and in some cases designed and built to your preferences? Experts agree that conducting a building inspection on a new build is incredibly important for several reasons. 

Is it Standard to Conduct a Home Inspection on a New Build?

The sale of a newly built home usually includes a final walkthrough, but may not include a home inspection. In most cases, buyers will opt to arrange their own inspection of a new build before closing the deal. In some rarer cases, buyers who have been very involved with the building and design process and have been present at the site throughout construction may opt to forego a home inspection because they feel they already have enough information about the state and quality of the home. Most experts agree, whether it is a house that is a hundred years old, or one that is brand new, a home inspection is a standard part of the home buying process. 

Why Should I Get a New Home Inspected?

Brand new homes are attractive to buyers because many assume that a new build will be completely free of issues. The truth is, it is relatively common to find problems in a new home simply because it is brand new. While you are unlikely to encounter problems with the plumbing or electrical systems in the home, as well as cosmetic or major structural issues, new homes can still have issues. Sometimes contractors work too fast or are doing the bare minimum to get the house up to code. In some cases builders or contractors are outsourcing smaller projects to several or many other vendors, making proper oversight of the entire project difficult. It is also important to remember that mistakes do happen, and problems can occur that would have been unavoidable. 

The bottom line is this: no one should assume that their home is perfect just because they are the first owners. 

What Kind of Issues Could be Uncovered on a New Build?

Some of the most frequently seen issues with the interior of a new build are: 

  • Humidity Inside the Home
  • Problems with Doors and Windows Sticking
  • Nail Pops in the Drywall
  • Flooring Issues
  • Appliances (particularly the installation should be thoroughly checked)
  • Truss uplift 
  • Cracks in the Drywall

When Can a Home Inspection Happen on a Newly Constructed Home?

A home inspection can be arranged at any time, and some people choose to schedule two inspections, one to take place before the drywall is installed (which allows the inspector to evaluate the framing of the house as well as the plumbing and electrical systems), and another to occur after the drywall is in place. This final inspection (if you choose to do more than one) should be scheduled as late as possible in the construction process, and ideally after the city has done its final approvals. 

If you encounter a builder who opposes or questions your choice to hire an independent home inspector, this should be viewed as a red flag and in no way should deter you from proceeding with the inspection. A reputable builder should have no issue with a home inspection taking place on their work. In fact, if they stand by their work, they will welcome a home inspection. 

As the buyer of the new build, a home inspection means that anything that needs to be rectified or repaired is the responsibility of the builder without the need for significant negotiation. If problems are found, the home inspector will simply advise the builder that they are not finished building yet and must deliver the quality of work they had promised.

The bottom line is, if you skip a home inspection on a new build you are foregoing the opportunity to have the builder fix any issues and you will ultimately have to pay out of pocket for repairs should they be necessary. It is never a bad idea to hire a reputable home inspector before you finalize the purchase of any home, whether you are the first owner or the 20th. Contact us today to learn more about inspections on new builds and how we can help you on your journey toward finding the perfect home for your family. 


What Fails a Home Inspection

A home inspection is a crucial part of the process of buying a home. The goal of a home inspection is to identify any problems or issues that exist within the home. This is a very important step for both the seller of the home and the potential buyer, and passing the home inspection is imperative to move forward with the sale. It is important to note that home inspections are not strictly a pass or fail as much as an in depth look at the quality and condition of the home. That being said, there are some issues that are widely considered to be ‘deal-breakers’ should they be found during a home inspection. When a home ‘passes’ the inspection it means that the home inspector did not find any major issues. It is the job of the home inspector to identify anything within the home that needs to be repaired or replaced.


What Could Cause a Home Inspection to Fail?

The things that will cause the most problems during a home inspection are those that pose a risk to the health and safety of the residents of the home. Some of the most common areas of concern that can result in a failed home inspection are:

Roofing Problems – Roofing problems can be some of the more expensive issues to fix, and are more likely to cause the buyer to lose interest or call off the deal. Over time, roofing materials can degrade and break down, which can result in leaks and water damage. These issues can be exacerbated by extreme weather, poor or incorrect installation or subpar materials.  

Moisture in the Basement – The presence of water or moisture in a basement is always a possibility, simply because basements are below ground. Water or moisture in a basement can damage concrete, brick, or stone and can also cause mold to develop. 

Problems with HVAC Systems – HVAC systems are a common source of issues discovered during a home inspection. Whether it is an issue with proper wiring, adequate exhaust systems,  or the functionality of the heating and cooling systems in the home, problems with HVAC systems can significantly affect the outcome of the home inspection. 

Moisture in the Attic – Poor ventilation or insulation in an attic can cause moisture to build up and can ultimately result in the presence of mold and mildew. 

Electrical Problems – The home’s electrical systems must meet the current standards. One of the most common issues identified with electrical systems during a home inspection is over-fused circuits. These can be very dangerous and in some cases can start fires. 

Damaged or Rotting Wood – Any wood that has been used in the construction and structure of the home can become damaged by moisture and age. This includes the wood used on decks, railings, and door and window frames. 

Structural or Foundation Problems – A stable foundation is one of the most important elements when ensuring the structural integrity of a home. Issues such as cracks in the foundation or damage to the home related to foundation problems can be dangerous and expensive to fix. 

Problems with Plumbing – When it comes to plumbing, it is quite common for a home inspector to find at least one issue with the plumbing system in the home. From leaky faucets to clogged drains, plumbing issues are frequently found during a home inspection. The good news is that in most cases, plumbing problems are relatively easy and inexpensive to repair. 

Faulty Masonry – Cracks in a chimney are among the most common issues related to faulty masonry in a home, and can often be caused over time and due to weather. If a crack exists at the base of the chimney and goes upward, this can be a sign of a major structural issue.


Do Home Inspectors Always Find Something Wrong?

If there is something wrong in the home, a good and thorough home inspector will always find it. In fact, it is very rare for a home inspection to occur without the inspector finding a single issue, even in new builds. Often, the issues are minor and inexpensive to fix, leaving the choice up to the seller whether they want to repair it themselves or offer the repair cost as a credit off of the price of the home. When major issues are identified that may be more involved and expensive to repair, it can affect the existing offer/deal and in some cases, if the seller is unwilling to compromise, kill the deal altogether.

It is in the seller’s best interest to identify and repair any existing issues and prepare the house as best as they can prior to the home inspection. Once an issue is identified through a home inspection, it can end up costing much more to fix by forcing the seller to drop the price of the home. 

Many sellers opt to do a home inspection prior to listing the house. This can help to identify exactly what needs to be done before the house is listed and the search for a buyer begins. This also eliminates any possible surprises down the road, which can prove to be stressful and costly. In some cases, the buyer will accept the home inspection done by the seller in lieu of conducting their own.

If you want to learn more about what fails a home inspection or what makes Building Insights uniquely qualified, professional and trustworthy, contact us today!



How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Most of the things you might hear or read about home inspections are written about the buyer’s experience or point of view. But what about the sellers? What do sellers need to know about the home inspection process? As a seller, it is important to present your home at its best when
undergoing a home inspection. While there are some rather obvious or straightforward things a seller should do to prepare their home for an inspection such as making sure it is tidy and clean, there are some other things to consider in the weeks and days leading up to a home inspection.

How Should I Prepare My Home for a Home Inspection? What Should I Clean before a Home Inspection?

Check Systems are in Working Order – Ensure that the heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, security, and any other systems in the home are working correctly and efficiently. You might also consider having your furnace, hot water tank, or air conditioning system evaluated.
Check Doors & Windows – Check all your doors and windows to make sure they open and close
properly and that all locks, latches, and doorknobs are functional.

Repair Damage – If there is any existing damage to the roof, flooring, drywall, or ceilings, it is a good idea to repair those prior to the home inspection.

Outdoor Maintenance – In the days leading up to the home inspection, take the time to trim any trees or bushes that may have become overgrown or potentially affect the roof or foundation of the house.

Clean & Tidy Up – On the day of (or the day before) it is a good idea to give your home a good clean and tidy, making sure the inspector can access all areas of the home. Remove or relocate any furniture that may be blocking access to doors, windows, or functioning systems within the home. It is especially important to ensure that the home inspector has access to:

-Main water line
-Hot water tank
-Attic hatch
-Electrical panel
-Air exchanger

Assemble Documents – If you have any documents related to the maintenance of your home such as warranties, reports of yearly checkups of your furnace or other systems, or invoices for repairs, gather them (or copies of them) together to leave out for the home inspector and buyer to review.

Should the Seller be Present for the Home Inspection?

In most cases, it is a good idea for the seller to make plans to vacate the premises for a home inspection. You should plan to be out of the house for at least 3 hours on the day of the inspection. You will also need to make arrangements to relocate any household pets for the duration of the inspection.

Do Home Inspectors Move Things?

Large pieces of furniture such as couches, beds, tables, and chairs won’t be moved during a home inspection. If the buyer has an area of concern that is covered or blocked by furniture that they want the inspector to evaluate, they must communicate to the seller before the home inspection date so that the seller may ensure access. Home inspectors will also not lift floorboards or carpets or damage drywall so they will not be able to inspect anything under the floor or within the walls.

Honesty is Always the Best Policy

If you are aware of issues within your home, it is best to be honest, and upfront with the buyer and the home inspector. Odds are, the home inspector will find it anyway and dishonesty will not help your relationships with the buyer or agents nor will it help you sell your home.

Covid 19 Measures

There are some additional measures you may want to consider as we navigate our way through the Covid 19 pandemic. Take some time to disinfect all your light switches, doorknobs, taps, and other ‘high touch’ areas prior to the inspection. It is also important to have all residents of the home vacate the premises so that the buyer and the home inspector can maintain physical
distancing and other protective protocols. If you or someone in your household is ill or quarantining related to travel or exposure to the Covid 19 virus, please reschedule your home inspection.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, finding a high-quality, reputable home inspector is very important. Contact us today to learn more about Building Insights, our 100% satisfaction guarantee, or how we can help you with the sale or purchase of a home.

What Does a Home Inspector Do?

While it is common knowledge that a quality home inspection is an important part of the process of purchasing a new home, not everyone knows exactly what a home inspector actually does. Generally speaking, a home inspector conducts a thorough evaluation of the condition of both the interior and exterior of the home. Home inspections are important because looks can be deceiving, and it is vital to have as much information as possible when it comes to making major life decisions such as whether or not to purchase a particular home. It is the job of the home inspector to find anything that may be wrong with the home, or anything that may go wrong in the future.  

What does a Home Inspector Look For? 

A detailed home inspection involves a thorough visual inspection, watching for areas that are damaged or potentially unsafe, as well as confirmation that certain systems and fixtures are functional and up to code.  

Some of the most significant things an inspector will look at are the plumbing and electrical systems and whether they need to be upgraded, the quality of the ventilation and insulation of the home, damage or cracks to the foundation or roof, and the overall structural integrity of the building.  

They will also check thoroughly for signs of water damage, mold, and pest infestations. The home inspector will evaluate the heating and cooling systems in the home, check that toilets flush properly, run the taps to gauge the water pressure, as well as check that all windows and doors open and close as they should.  

When Should a Home Inspection Take Place? How Long Does a Building Inspection Take? 

A home inspection typically occurs after an offer on the home has been made but before the buyer has become fully and financially committed to purchasing the home. In most cases, offers are conditional on the results of the home inspection, and usually, a home inspection is completed within 5 days of the submission of the offer.  

In some cases, sellers like to complete their own home inspection prior to listing the house on the market. This prevents the seller from being blindsided on inspection day and also can help to leverage the sale, as many buyers will forgo their own inspection and accept the one conducted by the seller.  

Inspections typically take 2 to 3 hours but can take as long as 4-6 hours depending on the size of the home and intricacies or obstacles that may prolong the process. An averaged sized home (1500-2000 square feet) can be inspected in 2-3 hours, and you can expect to add half-hour per 500 square feet beyond that. Some of the other things that may extend the duration of a home inspection are the age and condition of the house, the type of foundation of the house, the number of systems within the house, and the weather conditions at the time of the inspection.  

Once the inspection is complete, the inspector will deliver a detailed report of everything that they found during the evaluation of the home. This will include photos of any issues or areas of concern. A timeline of projects and when they should be completed will also be included as part of the report.  

Why Choose Building Insights? 

Since 2002, Building Insights has been conducting quality home inspections for over 5000 happy clients. A home inspection through Building Insights will give you the peace of mind to know your investment is sound and limit or eliminate unwanted surprises down the road. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality in service and professionalism, ensuring every inspection we conduct is thorough, accurate, and impartial. 

At Building Insights we consistently deliver the highest quality in professional insights and technical expertise. Our inspections offer in-depth looks at cost implications and maintenance requirements. As registered home inspectors with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors and licensed electricians, we possess the knowledge, certification, and experience to provide the highest level of service to all our clients. Whether you are a purchaser or a seller, Building Insights is the name to trust. 

In most cases, our inspections can be booked within 24-48 hours. Contact us today to book your inspection and let us help you reduce stress and frustration during one of the most significant financial purchases of your life.  


Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Home Inspection

Hunting for the perfect new home for you and your family can be exciting and fun. For many people, they easily romanticize and idealize every house they visit, and often begin to plan where they might put their furniture or how each room might be used on their initial walkthrough. Getting a home inspection from a qualified and licensed home inspector is a vital step on the road to purchasing a new home, and can help to provide clarity and insight into the pros and cons of purchasing a particular home. Building Insights offers the best in service and approaches each inspection with the utmost care and attention. A home inspection will help you see what’s beyond the fresh paint or new floors and reveal issues that otherwise would go unnoticed and subsequently unrepaired or unaddressed.  

A thorough home inspection involves examining every nook and cranny in the home, focusing on areas that are known to be problematic or prone to structural issues. While it’s true that most sellers are not trying to dupe you or be dishonest, in most cases they will do everything they can to sell you their home. In some instances, this may mean they are not forthcoming or perhaps unaware of the possible issues within their home. 

Are Home Inspections really Necessary? Is it Bad to Skip a Home Inspection? 

Many people wonder if a home inspection when considering the purchase of a home is truly necessary. The simple answer is, yes! While you may pay your home inspector a relatively small fee, they have the potential to save you a whole lot of time, money and disappointment. Imagine purchasing your dream home only to discover that it has a mold problem, or bad plumbing, a pest problem or unsafe electrical wiring. By that point it will be too late, and any repairs or renovations required will fall solely on the buyer of the home.  

What Happens during a Home Inspection? 

The home inspector will conduct a thorough evaluation of the home, examining both the interior and exterior while keeping an eye out for some specific things.  

Inside the home the inspector will:  

-Check the foundation of the house as well as the basement for any structural issues, cracks or water leaking
-Examine the walls, ceilings and floors for any damage or defects
-Turn on and off all taps and faucets, gauging the water pressure and ensuring they are in working order, as well as flushing all toilets  
-Check all electrical outlets, switches and fuse box
-Check windows to ensure they open and close properly
-Examine all attics, crawl spaces, closets and spaces underneath stairs
-Conduct a thorough inspection of the heating and cooling systems 

From the outside of the home, the inspector will:  

-Review the exterior of the home looking for signs of weather damage, structural issues with railings, decks or balconies. 
-Inspect the roof, eavestroughs, chimneys and flues
-Evaluate the grading of the house’s foundation 

What Won’t a Home Inspector do? 

A home inspector cannot put holes in walls or pull up flooring and they do not have x-ray vision, so often they can only provide their best guess when it comes to what might be behind the drywall or under the floor. Because of this it is important to remember that at some point you may still uncover some problems with the home, despite having a home inspection done. 

Should you Ever buy a House without a Home Inspection? 

No! Surprises can be great fun at birthdays or anniversaries, but not so fun when it comes to unexpected issues with your new home. You may have heard about people foregoing a home inspection in order to improve the odds of their offer being approved on a certain home, especially in a hot market. While that may be enticing to some sellers, you might want to consider why they would be keen to make the sale without an inspection. It is also important to note that purchasing and moving into a new home without a home inspection could pose a serious health and safety risk.  

A home inspection from an experienced and licensed home inspector can help you understand and be prepared for any problems or issues that may need immediate attention. In addition, the home inspector may identify issues that the buyer should keep an eye on should they worsen as time passes. A home inspection can also help to leverage your offer, and often sellers will agree to remedy certain issues to secure the sale. A home inspection can help to ensure you get the best rates and terms from your mortgage broker or lender as well.  

These are just a few of the many reasons it is so vitally important to secure a home inspection before finalizing your purchase of a new home. A quality home inspection can make all the difference in your decision making process and will potentially save you a significant amount of money and frustration. If you want to learn more about our home inspection procedures, services and rates or how we can help make the process of closing on a new home as smooth and stress free as possible, contact us today! At Building Insights, our inspections are 100% satisfaction guaranteed, and can often be scheduled as soon as 24-48 hours from your initial call.  


Home Inspection Milton


We provide a range of home Inspection services in Milton whether you are buying or selling a home. Our services provide a detailed inspection supported by a qualified Inspector and our satisfaction guarantee. After the inspection, you will be given an in-depth report in an electronic format, including pictures of any defects and safety issues discovered.


When making a major decision such as buying a home in Milton, being informed about your potential new home, can ensure that your investment is a smart one. A pre-purchase home inspection allows Building Insights Inc to pinpoint any issues throughout the property, how to look after the home, and what improvements you may need to make in the future. A home inspection can take between two to three hours and your presence as a client is encouraged.


Whether you are buying or selling a home an inspection makes sense. A pre-listing inspection ensures the seller (homeowner) can address any areas of concern before selling, determine anything that could increase the value of the property, and assess fair market value. Being well informed about your property can enable a quicker sale and eliminate the need for re-negotiating after a home buyer’s inspection.

Homes with a pre-listing inspection report sell much quicker and with less effort than those without. A credible pre-listing inspection report generates more buyers, creating better
negotiating circumstances for both sellers and buyers. With the home’s condition revealed to all, there is less liability for all parties.

Transferable Report

With the seller’s approval, our Pre-Listing inspection reports are available for the buyer to view. With the buyer, Building Insights Inc will tour throughout the property and explain the report to the buyer. Then, Building Insights Inc will turn over the report into the buyer’s name and enter a contract with the buyer. The fee charged for the transfer of report is $175 and paid for by the buyer.


A pre-offer inspection is conducted prior to submitting an offer on a property. Building Insights’ pre-offer home inspection services are equally as attentive and detailed as a post-offer home inspection and it includes the same all-inclusive report. Instead of risking thousands of dollars by purchasing a home without a thorough inspection, choose to be well informed about your new homes’ condition prior to making an offer.

Included with all our Milton Inspection Services:

  • A highly trained and qualified Inspector
  • A Comprehensive, Computerized Report
  • Executive Summary
  • Home Wizard – Home Maintenance App
  • Lifetime Homeowner Advisory Service
  • Satisfaction Guarantee


Rock salt is incredibly damaging to our properties on several levels.

  • Rock salt can damage or kill vegetation and trees. Salt damages roots and can also cause the plants to lose their winter hardiness.
  • It corrodes mortar used to hold pavers, flagstone, or other walkway materials together. This can lead to loose pavers or bricks.
  • It can cause corrosion to car parts, unprotected steel structures, and bridge decks.
  • Used regularly, rock salt can cause discoloration. You’ve likely noticed white powdery residue after you’ve salted your walkways, and as time goes by this doesn’t always wash away.
  • If you have pets, rock salt can dry out or irritate their paws and skin. If they eat it or lick up the melted ice they can develop a mouth irritation or even poison themselves.
  • Rock salt is not usually a problem for children, but it can cause irritation. That being said, if you know that your child swallowed a piece of rock salt, play it safe and call poison control.

So what are some alternatives?

Physical traction alternatives can include biodegradable cat litter, gravel, wood chips, straw, and heated stair mats. Some safe chemical alternatives include:

  1. Calcium Magnesium Acetate – Not only is this safe for your pets and plants, it also is no more damaging to your walkways than tap water. It works best at temperatures over 20 degrees, but can also perform at near zero degrees.
  2. Magnesium Chloride – For temperatures above -13 degrees, magnesium chloride is a top choice for deicing salt. It is also far less damaging to your walkways and plants than rock salt.
  3. Potassium Chloride – This works best when the temperature is above 15 degrees, and is not a skin irritant. It also is harmless to your vegetation, unlike rock salt.

Alternatives include biodegradable cat litter, gravel, wood chips, straw, and heated stair mats. Except for the heated stair mats, of course, these are used to provide traction rather than melt the ice.



There is a reason to cover your air conditioner after the summer, and it’s not just for the winter snow. Your A/C unit is built to withstand the rain and snow, but it is not built to keep out leaves, seeds, or nuts. You will want to cover your system during the fall only when there is a chance of leaves or seeds getting into your air conditioner. If this happens leaves can create a place where moisture collects, which then causes corrosion.


When you cover your air conditioner, only cover the top of it. If you make your own cover, be aware that it should only come down the side about 6 inches. Don’t cover your unit completely. A cover that completely covers your unit will trap moisture inside which then causes rust and corrosion.


Covering your A/C unit in the fall prevents debris from getting in the top of it but covering the whole unit will trap moisture in.



Fall is coming and as you start to bring in the hoses before winter creeps in don’t forget to also clean gutters to remove leaves, sticks, and debris. Keeping leaves out of gutters is crucial for protecting the structure of your home and preventing costly water problems in the future. Here’s the top five reasons you should keep your gutters clean heading into the winter.

  • Prevent water damage to your home. When gutters and downspouts are blocked with leaves and debris, rainwater will not drain properly. As water overflows from gutters, it can cause water damage and staining on both the interior and exterior of your home. 
  • Protect your roof from rot. Clogged gutters prevent rainwater from leaving the roof. When water continues to flood over, it can back up to your roof decking and rot it.
  • Keep pests away. Gutters clogged with leaves make a great home for rodents, birds, and insects. Keep them away from your home by not creating a home in your gutters.
  • Avoid foundation damage. When water is not routed away from your home, it can pool around the foundation of your house and. This water can crack your foundation when it expands and freezes in the winter months.
  • Avoid weight on ice filled gutters. Frozen gutters can pull at your home and roof because of the weight of all that frozen material. Avoid icicles and the possibility of gutter detachment.

Gutter and downspout cleaning can help prevent unexpected and expensive projects down the road. Taking preventive measures now can help minimize the likelihood of having to repair or replace your roof.



It’s easy to detect air leaks when you sit next to a problematic window on a cold winter night. It is harder to detect an air leak that is letting your A/C air out during a hot summer day. We don’t always know where air leaks are in our homes or how they might be impacting our health, physical structure or wallets. One of the best ways to detect home air leaks is with an infrared camera.


Air leaks not only cost you more money on your heating and cooling bills but are also a source of poor air quality. Homes that continuously leak air might be susceptible to moisture issues, which can invite mould or even rodents and bugs into your home.


How Do Infrared Cameras Work?

An infrared camera detects radiation that reflects heat differences in temperature variations. The cameras can identify temperature variables that the naked eye just cannot see. The viewfinder of the camera will display a series of gradient colors on a small screen giving the operator a clear look at the heat spectrum in a particular space. These colors are expressed in brighter reds, yellows, and oranges for warmer signatures; while cool blues and purples indicate cool areas of a home.


How Infrared Cameras are Used to Find Air Leaks

Infrared cameras use colour gradients to detect where air is leaking. If a wall is a consistent colour then there is no air leak. If there is colour differentials around windows or at tops of walls it could mean bad caulking, defective windows or insulation slumping in your wall cavities. A big part of using an infrared camera is knowing what you are looking for.


Call the air leak experts today. Get Building Insights working on finding air leaks for you!