Q & A
The home inspection process - questions and answers
Q. How long does an inspection take?
An onsite inspection can take from 3 - 5 hours depending on the house condition, after the inspection I will go over the condition of the house with you summarizing my findings on site if possible. The full report compilation then takes up to an additional 4 hours - which is sent via email to you the next morning.
Q. What do you check during an inspection?
I inspect all the major visible systems of the house. These include the Roof, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation the Interior finishings and the Exterior. My goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical purchaser’s buying decision.
Q. Can I come along with you during the inspection?
Yes. This is the best way for you to take advantage of your home inspection. You are able to see things first hand and come to a better understanding of any issue there may be as well as how things work and how to go about taking care of a home. You are also able to voice any question or concerns on site which gives you a much better understanding when you hear the answers to your questions. Most buyers choose to be present for the final walkthrough with thier Realestate agent present, where I will summarize all my findings.
Q. What happens if the house doesn’t “pass” inspection?
I operate under the high standards of the Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (CanNACHI) of British Columbia, we don’t “pass” or “fail” a home. I do, however expose any issues I find that don’t meet my standards. The purpose of the inspection is to reduce your risk and help you to make an informed buying decision on the current condition of the house ie the condition of the roof, the age of the heating system or the type of plumbing materials.
Q. Will you counsel us as to whether it’s a good buy or not?
No. The market value and whether or not it’s a good buy is beyond the scope of our inspection. I look at the systems in the home to see if they are safely and properly installed and whether they are doing thier intended purpose.
Q. Should I get a home inspection even if the house is new?
Absolutely. Just because a home is new doesn’t mean that there are no issues. Many times trades people forget things or even install them incorrectly or poorly. A home inspection is always a wise thing to do no matter the age of the home.
Q. Is a home inspection really worth the money?
I believe that the home inspection fee is a very miminal cost in comparison to what the inspection results can show - potentially saving you a lot of money. Most home inspections more than pay for themselves. Not only do they educate you on the home, they educate you on what you are purchasing. If there are expensive repairs needed, do you want to find out about them after you buy or do you want to know what you are getting before you buy?
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