Q & A
Q. How long does an inspection take?
A. An average inspection takes between 2 and 3 hours. Some older and larger homes can take longer.
Q. What do you check during an inspection?
A. We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, the Interior finishings and the Exterior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical purchaser’s buying decision. Click to see more on this topic on the inspection page.
Q. Can I come along with you during the inspection?
A. Yes. This is the best way for you to take advantage of your home inspection. You are able to see things first hand and come to a better understanding of any issue there may be, as well as how things work and how to go about taking care of a home. You are also able to voice any question or concerns on site which gives you a much better understanding when you hear the answers to your questions.
Q. What happens if the house doesn’t “pass” inspection?
A. Your inspection is a privately contracted inspection. Though we operate under the high standards of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors of British Columbia, this does not affect whether or not you decide to purchase the home. Therefore, we don’t “pass” or “fail” a home. We do expose any issues we find that don’t meet our standards but this does not prevent you from buying the house if you want to. The purpose of the inspection is to reduce your risk and help you to make an informed buying decision.
Q. Will you counsel us as to whether it’s a good buy or not?
A. No. The market value and whether or not it’s a good buy is beyond the scope of our inspection. There can be many things which are valuable to one person that aren’t to another. The view, the feel, the layout, the colour, the location, etc… are some examples. These are not part of a professional home inspection. We look at the systems in the home. We look to see if they are safely installed correctly and whether they are working or not.
Q. Do you offer a guarantee?
A. We do offer a money back guarantee on the inspection but we cannot guarantee the house itself. If you are not satisfied with your home inspection, we will be happy to refund you your money. However, we cannot guarantee the home itself or the systems within it. A roof may not leak during the summer, but it may in the winter. Plumbing may leak when it’s used repeatedly, but it may not leak during a 3 hour inspection. Some things may only be seen when carpets are lifted during renovations. We cannot therefore guarantee the house itself.
Q. Should I get a home inspection even if the house is new?
A. Absolutely. Just because a home is new doesn’t mean that there are no issues. Many times trades people forget things or even install them incorrectly. Did the builders finish insulating the attic after the long weekend? Are the insulation stops installed correctly? Is the attic ventilated sufficiently? Are there potential drainage issues at the foundation? Is the roofing done properly? Is the correct underlayment and flashing used at the skylights? Was the plumbing done by a professional? Is the dishwasher trap protected properly to keep the sewer fumes out? Many such questions as these will be answered for you by a good home inspection and could end up saving you a lot of money. A home inspection is always a wise thing to do.
Q. Is a home inspection really worth the money?
A. We believe that the home inspection fee is a minor cost in comparison to what the inspection results can show you and the potential money it can save you. Most home inspections more than pay for themselves. Not only do they educate you on the home, they educate you on what you are purchasing. If there are expensive repairs needed, do you want to find out about them after you buy or do you want to know what you are getting before you buy?