Company Information

Walker Home Inspection

(613) 813-9713

Inspected by: Steven Walker

The report produced resulting from the actual inspection is constantly evolving and improving to ensure it easy to read, understandable and provides the client with the information the client needs to support their decision and planning needs. This sample report is intended to give the reader a general idea of what to expect. All categories of observations do not necessarily apply to all reports; it depends on the findings.

Thank you for considering Walker Home Inspection

Steven Walker, (613) 813-9713

Getting the Information to You

The inspection report is delivered to you in an email and is accessed as a web link. The web link provides the report as a web page with easy to navigate buttons and many references to information available on the internet. Pictures and videos are displayed and can be zoomed in and/or downloaded to your computer or mobile device with ease. The entire report, just the summary and/or certain chapters or sections of your choice can be converted to a pdf on your computer or mobile device.

How to Read This Report

This report is designed to deliver important and technical information in a way that is easy for anyone to access and understand. If you are in a hurry, you can take a quick look at the "Summary Page” and quickly get information which differentiates findings between critical / repairs / improvements / maintenance items to assist you with important decision making, prioritization and project management. However, I strongly recommend that you take the time to read the full Report, which includes digital photographs, captions, diagrams, descriptions, videos and hot links to additional information.

The best way to get the layers of information that are presented in this report is to read your report online, which will allow you to expand your learning about your house. You will notice some words or series of words highlighted in blue and underlined – clicking on these will provide you with a link to additional information.

This report can also be converted to PDF and printed or saved. You can convert the entire report , the Summary section only , or selective areas of concern as you wish using the the 3 grey icons at the top of the report.

Chapters and Sections

This report is divided into chapters that parcel the home into logical inspection components. Each chapter is broken into sections that relate to a specific system or component of the home. You can navigate between chapters with the click of a button on the left side margin.

Most sections will contain some descriptive information done in black font. Observation narrative, done in colored boxes, will be included if a system or component is found to be deficient in some way or if I wish to provide helpful additional information about the system or the scope of our inspection. If a system or component of the home was deemed to be in satisfactory or serviceable condition, there may be no narrative observation comments in that section and it may simply say “tested,” or “inspected.”

Observation Labels

All narrative observations are colored, numbered and labeled to help you find, refer to, and understand the severity of the observation. Observation colors and labels used in this report are:

  • Red Flag:
    Significant concerns that may require additional expertise to determine the extent of the concern and the appropriate course of action. For example structural issues requiring engineering consultation.
  • Hazard:
    Observations that indicate a potential or current hazard to human safety if not corrected
  • Repairs:
    Items that are not functioning at all or not functioning as designed and needs to be replaced, repaired or in some way remediated. These items usually should be corrected by a qualified professional.
  • Minor Repairs:
    Items that require repair or replacement but may be simple and/or relatively inexpensive and/or quick to repair. These items may not require a professional depending on your comfort level with making these repairs. For example a broken light switch cover, a missing electrical box cover, an ineffective door latch, a missing or inoperative GFCI outlet
  • Monitor:
    Items that may appear to be functioning as designed at the time of the inspection but may be suspect and should be monitored on regular basis (weekly/monthly or annually), especially during certain events to asses if correction may be needed in the future.
  • Recommended Maintenance:
    These are repair items that should be considered "routine home ownership items," such as servicing the furnace, cleaning the gutters, changing the air filters in the furnace or re-staining the deck.
  • Improve:
    Items that are functioning as designed but which could or should be brought up to current standards to improve safety, efficiency, or reliability. For example, a balcony guardrail that was built in 1890 does not meet today's height standard, but may be functioning as per standards during the time of construction.
  • Due Diligence:
    Recommendations to request disclosure with another parties or to have a qualified trade further evaluate an observation that appears to be working. Examples include, information about a possible buried oil tank, an unused well or hot water tank rental agreement.
  • Future Expense:
    A repair that may be deferred for some time but should be on the radar for repair or replacement in the near future.
  • Efficiency:
    Denotes observations that are needed to make the home more energy efficient as well as to bring the home up to modern insulation standards. This category typically includes windows and insulation. Other items, such as lighting and appliances, are not inspected for their energy status.
  • Note:
    Refers to aside information and /or any comments elaborating on descriptions of systems in the home or limitations to the home inspection.
  • Description:
    Detailed description of various aspects of the property noted during the inspection.

Summary Page

The Summary Page is designed as a bulleted overview of all the observations noted during inspection. This helpful overview is not a substitution for reading the entire inspection report. The entire report must be read to get a complete understanding of this inspection report as the Summary Page does not include photographs or photo captions.

Final Note

Be sure to click on the photo when you want a closer look. Doing so will expand the photos to full screen. In fact, click on the photo a second time and get really up close!


Overall Comments

  • GC-1 GENERAL Comments:

    This inspection has been prepared for the seller. Every effort is made on pre-listing inspections to provide the same comprehensive and impartial inspection and report as for a buyer's inspection. If you are a buyer and you are reading this report, I am happy to provide a complementary phone consult about this report once I have permission from my client to discuss the report. If repairs have been made, and re-inspection services are requested, I recommend contacting me directly about scheduling a re-inspection of the property.

    • While this building appears structurally sound there are some foundational cracks that warrant further investigation
    • Plumbing leaks at fixtures have been found however no leaks were found in the supply or waste plumbing elsewhere. Supply and waste plumbing have been approx. 90% updated to modern standards
    • The electrical systems are approx. 90% updated to modern standards however there are improvements and corrections that should be made
    • Heating appears to be adequate and functioning although requires maintenance and potentially some repair
    • The roof covering is excellent and no internal signs of leaks were noted
    • Most windows are in excellent condition and to modern standards
    • While there are 3 separate units in this building, UNIT A & C do not have kitchens installed
    • No laundry facility was found in UNIT B & C

    Please be sure to read the complete report for a full understanding of observations noted.

Red Flags

  • G-2 GROUNDS:

    Under the south-west deck the ground slopes into the basement door which will easily allow water to flow into the basement. There appears to be a drain spout which may not be in use now however it probably has, or does, contribute to the lowered ground. At that location, cracks in the stone mortar can be seen in the wall which may be related to settlement and contributing to uneven flooring in the building. I recommend a more detailed invasive evaluation by qualified general contractor and possibly followed by a structural engineer.


    Galvanized steel piping was common until roughly 1950. This piping typically lasts 40 to 60 years. Some lower-quality pipes do not last as long and there are some oversized pipes still in use after 60 years. Where it is found today in single-family homes, it is usually near the end of its life. In this case, numerous hot water faucets run brown for the first 1-2 minutes which indicates internal rust in the pipes which will lead to leaks wherever there are connections. These galvanized pipes should be evaluated and replaced by a qualified plumber.


  • ED-7 EXTERIOR and Decks:

    The south-west deck an old deck in poor condition. Numerous repairs are needed to the decking system to ensure safe and reliable performance. Some of these repairs can be made, while other issues simply are the way they are until the deck is rebuilt. I recommend additional inspection and repair or replacement of this deck by a qualified general contractor. Options include a full re-building or implementing repairs as are feasible to prolong the useful life of the deck. Examples of observations and defects noted during inspection include:

    • Unsupported (soft) deck board
    • No flashing. Rusted joist hangers.
    • Out of level deck, uneven steps
    • Rotted deck boards
    • Climbable guardrail, large openings
    • Low guardrail
    • Large openings in stair guardrail
    • Missing joist hangers
    • Incorrectly fastened ledger
    • Post in contact with ground
    • Rotted & loose stair treads