Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a complete visual examination of all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. A home inspection report identifies existing or potential problems and describes the materials and components used in the construction of the home.
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
A home is often the largest purchase most people make. Finding out as much as you can about the house you are about to buy shows good financial wisdom. A home inspection will help you avoid costly surprise repairs with your new home. The inspection report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional home inspection will also give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property.
What does a Home Inspection include?
Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.
Do I need to be there during the Inspection?
While you are not required to be there for the inspection, we highly recommend that you attend. The inspection provides a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector, you can ask questions directly, and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. You will also be able to understand the finished report more clearly, and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.
How long will the Inspection take?
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes it may take longer.
Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?
Yes. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It is especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done good work.
What if the Inspection uncovers problems?
Our report will tell you the condition of the home, including needed repairs and maintenance. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems that the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you will need to discuss things with your realtor on how best to proceed.
Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?
No. The code of ethics of Home Inspectors Association of BC prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.