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Recipient of the
2007 Canadian Inspector of the year award from the International association of certified home inspectors
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found then I will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation.
Why is a Home Inspection Important?
- Home Buyers: Emotion often affects the buyer and makes it hard to imagine any problems with their new home. A buyer needs a home inspection to find out all the problems possible with the home before purchasing/moving in.
- Home Sellers: More and more sellers are choosing to have a thorough inspection before or when they first list their home. First and foremost, you should have a home inspection for full disclosure. You will have demonstrated that you did all you could do to reveal any defects within the home. Second, you will save money and hassle by knowing now what your defects are, not after you have already negotiated a price and are faced with costly repairs discovered on the buyers inspection. Defects found before the buyer comes along allow you to shop around for a contractor and not deal with inflated estimates that a buyer will present.
What if the Report Reveals Problems?
- All homes (even new homes) have problems. Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price. Having a home inspection allows the problem to be addressed before the sale closes.
What does a Home Inspection Include?
- My report will review the condition of the home's Heating, Central Air Conditioning System (temperature permitting), Plumbing and Electrical Systems, the Roof, Attic, and Visible Insulation, Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Windows and Doors, the Foundation, Basement, and visible Structure and Grading. I also offer additional services not included in a typical home inspection, such as Mold, Asbestos and Water Testing.
What Should I NOT Expect from a Home Inspection?
- A Home Inspection is not protection against future failures. Stuff happens! Components like air conditioners and Heat systems can and will break down. A home inspection tells you the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. A picture in time if you will. I will however report on the likelihood of a failure of a major system or component.
- A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home. Nor will I tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for it. I will however supply you with enough information that you will be able to make an informed decision either way.
- A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. I will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. I will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets, or missing GFCI receptacles above kitchen/washroom vanities/counter tops. I think "safety" not code when performing a home inspection.
Should I attend the Home Inspection?
- Absolutely! I encourage it. It is often helpful to be there so I can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if no problems are found. But be sure to give me time and space to concentrate and focus so I can do the best job possible for you!
How Much Time is Required to Complete a Home Inspection?
- A typical home inspection requires approximately 2-3 hours to complete. Of-course, an older and larger home will take much more time.