Home Inspection Frequently Asked Questions
A home inspection is an unbiased and non-invasive visual examination of the physical condition of a property. It is often, but not always connected to a real-estate transaction. However, with the growth of the industry, 95% of all real estate home transactions nowadays involve an inspection.
A home inspection will usually include an examination of the foundation and basement, roof, attic, heating and water systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself. As for a condo, it will include electrical, plumbing, heating, deck & other interior components of the unit, plus garage (and roof if access is permissible.) An inspector will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues. Importantly, they will also make note of any fire and safety issues that need to be addressed.
An appraiser will usually spend less than 1 hour in the property and give you his/her professional opinion on the market value of the property by viewing the general condition of the property and comparing to adjacent properties. A home inspector will usually spend more than 2 hours in the property and give you a complete physical assessment of the building system and components.
First, you need to make an appointment either by phone or email. We highly recommend you make the appointment at least a day or two prior to your subject removal. Then notify your realtor and he or she will arrange with the other party for availability. On the day of the inspection, the inspector will arrive at the property and start the inspection. After the inspection is complete, the inspector will do a walk-through with you and explain the items that require attention. Then payment will be taken on site. And a detailed and thorough inspection report will be follow by email to you on the same day as the inspection.
Although it is not required for client to be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. This is a great chance to learn more about your new home and ask questions to the professional about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
The answer is yes. Very often, new home buyers are overwhelmed with the excitement when acquiring a new home and miss some critical details. Buyers usually rely on the new home warranty but many of the defected items are only covered for the first 12 to 24 months. If problems are not reported in time before the warranty expires they will not be addressed from the builder. Buyers are not trained in defect recognition. Items that should be a concern are often missed or overlooked. This is why you need a professional home inspector.
The answer is No. A professional home inspection is done in an unbiased practice. Inspectors act as a general practitioner of a house and pin-point the problems to the buyers. Many defects are repairable on different levels and the decision belongs to the buyers.
A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections is the biggest and most reliable home inspection network across Canada. All our inspectors are professionally trained, fully licensed and completely insured. Our friendly inspectors provide thorough inspections and detailed explanation along with guaranteed same day report. We also provide lifetime technical advice as long as you own the property.