WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION
We follow stringent guidelines and Professional Inspection Standards. Our inspector typically spends 1 – 3 hours carrying out a visual, functional and operational inspection of the structural and mechanical components of the home. The inspection generally includes an evaluation of the grounds, foundation, structure, attic, roof, plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, appliances, etc. Additional services include items such as pools, spa pools, minor dwellings etc. A detailed report written in language that you can understand will be delivered within 48-72 hours. A verbal consultation is a part of the inspection process, and we are also available for additional consultation.
WHEN DO I GET A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the purchase contract specifying that your purchase obligation is contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated with respect to the findings of the inspection.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE INSPECTION?
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND THE HOME INSPECTION. By attending, you will learn firsthand how the various components of the house work together to create a safe and secure shelter for you and your family and where repairs may be done to make it even better.
CAN A HOUSE “FAIL” AN INSPECTION?
No. A professional home inspection is simply an examination of your home or prospective home. A home inspector, does not pass or fail a house, but simply describes its condition and indicates which items will be in need of repair or replacement immediately or near future.
IF THE HOUSE TURNS OUT TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION, WAS THE COST OF THE INSPECTION JUSTIFIED?
Yes! Now you can go forward with the purchase of your home with confidence and with peace of mind. You will also have a better understanding of your home and how best to schedule and budget any future repairs or renovations. The inspector’s written report will prove invaluable in planning and working with contractors and vendors.
CAN’T I DO IT MYSELF?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the expertise and knowledge of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds of homes in their career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance as well as council requirements. Above all, most buyers find it hard to remain objective and unemotional about a house they really want, and this can affect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion from an expert in the field of home inspection.