How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 2.5 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the time frame in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
What do you look at?
We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase. For a more detailed list of our thorough home inspection, please click here.
What does an inspection cost?
The cost of a home inspection will vary, depending on facts such as, age, size and location of the home. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor, unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.
What’s included in the fee?
- Complete home inspection conducted by a professional.
- Comprehensive written home inspection report with digital pictures. We use state of the art software, to ensure that the report is easy to understand with recommendations.
- No charge for Thermal Imaging (Infrared), or additional travelling expenses within the county.
- FREE digital Home reference book by Carson Dunlop (460 pages), value $60 - How to protect your biggest investment.
- FREE technical support for life, for as long as, you own the property.
Can I follow along?
Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is educational and a valuable learning experience for most home buyers.
Do I have to take notes?
You don't have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a written report. It's much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It's also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.
Can I bring my family?
We recommend that you not bring your family ( especially young children); this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector's comments - the fewer distractions, the better.
Do I get a written report? When?
You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. You get your report the same day.
If it’s really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house - they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist ( driving rain from a certain direction, for example). Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house. Please see Link-When Things Go Wrong.
Home warranty programs are available from others. We would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.
What are your inspectors qualifications?
Our inspector is a graduate of the Carson Dunlop Inspection Training Program ,and passed with distinction .He has an Engineering Honors Degree, with excellent communication skills and hands-on experience. Updating skills through continuing education programs are paramount to this company, as we believe in adding value, through technical knowledge for our clients. Please clink on the link for additional information on education and technical background.
Are you a member of a professional organization?
Our Inspector joined the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) as a candidate member. The association, via education and advocacy promotes a thriving home inspection industry, based on the highest standards of professional development and ethical standards. In doing so, OAHI cultivates the ‘gold standard’ for home inspectors among consumers and the government. OAHI is the only provincially recognized body of home inspectors by The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors Act, 1994. OAHI is a not-for-profit association.
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