More about Cypress Property Inspections
WHY CHOOSE CYPRESS PROPERTY INSPECTIONS?
Not all building inspections are created equal...
My name is Noel Murphy, I am a qualified, licensed, professional inspector.
My commitment to excellence and ongoing education keeps me informed and abreast of changes in our industry. Cypress Property Inspection's Standards of Inspection (SOI) meet or exceed BC Government regulated SOI, which are currently being upgraded. I encourage client participation and ensure strict confidentiality. Information is not shared with any other party.
My history dates back over 50 years in the building industry, primarily as a renovating contractor and building consultant. My company policy is to provide a full comprehensive inspection service at a reasonable price, with a commitment to customer satisfaction.
I do not solicit business from realtors or any third party, as this would be a conflict of interest. Such conflicts automatically compromise both the ethics and the integrity of the inspector as well as the inspection process. Realtors are salespeople intent on making a sale. Cypress Property Inspections Ltd. is not sales oriented, rather, I dedicate my time to providing clients with optimum information and service, so that they can make an educated and informed decision regarding their intended purchase.
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- Home Inspection
A residential house inspection consists of a site evaluation, with particular attention to water management and control, specifically, site and perimeter drainage. An evaluation of the property’s driveway, walkways, patios and grounds is provided.
The building receives a risk evaluation based on architectural design, as well as design details. A building’s design is assessed by its incorporation of the “4 Ds” of building science: DEFLECTION, DRAINAGE, DRYING, AND DURABILITY. These titles refer to water management as it affects the building envelope, and as it applies to local conditions in the coastal climate of British Columbia.
An inspection of the exterior walls pays particular attention to wall penetrations, from air vent hoods to doors and windows, etc. Flashing detail is scrutinized in how it is applied to the wall openings, trims and wall transitions. Special attention is paid whether "faceseal" (prior to 2004) or "rainscreened" (post 2006). Each cladding system (wall covering) is evaluated and scrutinized for it's indigenous concerns. Wood cladding is subject to rot and decay if not properly maintained. Acrylic stucco has a history of moisture ingress due in part to poorly designed buildings and inferior installation practices.
Porches, decks, and balconies are evaluated for structural design and integrity, including the method of attachment to the main building. Railings and stairs are inspected for safety and structure.
Roofs are inspected when they are safely accessible and where the risk of damage to the roof system is minimized. Evaluation includes quality of installation, the condition of the roofing materials, and the adequacy of roof venting. Chimneys, gutters, and downspouts.
are inspected for quality and efficiency.
Attics are inspected, if accessible, and evaluated for structural, insulation and ventilation conditions. The mechanical, electrical systems, as well as the possibility of water ingress and the general overall condition are also evaluated.
The interior of the building is inspected for overall general living conditions, moisture ingress, structural, and functional concerns i.e. doors, windows, etc. The functional components of the building are evaluated where accessible and visible. These include plumbing, heating, electrical, and ventilation. Suggestions are made for correction or improvement as deemed applicable.
An average 2,500 sq. ft. house inspection takes five to six hours, while larger or older homes take longer. I insist on a walk through with the client in order to provide you with an on site evaluation of the property’s strengths and weaknesses.
The report is handwritten and usually completed on site, followed by a final summary when necessary.
The overall report is divided into four parts:
1. The written report, which identifies each component and it’s condition. It provides detailed commentary on items of concern with suggested resolutions where possible.
2. Digital photos are taken to identify concerns and their location on the site. These pictures are downloaded onto a USB stick on site and given to the client with the written report.
3. The walk-through of the site and building is where you, the client, are truly informed about your intended purchase, as there is no substitute for first-hand observation.
4. A follow up discussion is encouraged, after you have read the report in its entirety. Clarifications may be required, or questions may arise requiring answers or further discussion.
We also provide a commercial inspection service, project monitoring, and new work evaluations.
OPEN HOUSE INSPECTIONS:
In hot markets, where full house inspections are discouraged, your only option may be an "open house" inspection. This is where the inspector walks around with the client in the allotted time, usually 2 to 2 1/2 hours. It is not intended to be a replacement for a proper inspection with a full written report, but it sure beats no inspection at all!
This exercise consists of the inspector leading the client around and through the building, within the time allowed. The inspector draws attention to areas of concern while you, the client, takes notes. Access to areas may be restricted or denied pending co-operation of the realtor and/or vendor.
I stress that this form of "verbal" inspection, due to its restrictive and limited nature, should not be relied upon to the same extent as a standard inspection.
STRATA PROPERTIES, TOWNHOUSES AND CONDOS
Once you have committed to using my services, I will make some recommendations in preparation for the inspection. This includes directing clients to acquire building related documents. I will evaluate the information contained in the documents for concerns or potential future assessments.
An overview of the common areas includes scrutiny of the building(s) exterior and roof (when access is made available). The parkade is evaluated for structural concerns or water ingress. Mechanical and electrical rooms are reviewed for age and condition of the equipment.
The unit interior is inspected, as in a single detached house, with emphasis on living conditions, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, ventilation and safety concerns.
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- YEAR ESTABLISHED
- PAYMENT METHOD
- Cheque and Cash
- Certified Property Inspector for over 19 years
- LIABILITY INSURANCE
- WRITTEN CONTRACT