Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs on Home Inspections

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What is a home inspection?
Why should I hire a home inspector?
When do I need a home inspection?
What does a home inspection include?
How long does a home inspection take?
Should I attend the home inspection?


What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a comprehensive visual examination of the home’s overall structure, major systems and components. A trained and qualified home inspector will review your house as a system, looking at how one component of the house might affect the operability or lifespan of another. Components that are not performing properly should be identified, as well as items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe. The purpose of the home inspection is to provide the client with a better understanding of the property conditions, as observed at the time of the inspection.

“A home inspection is an educational process which is designed to reduce a consumer’s risk when buying a home, and is not a guarantee or a warranty on a property.” – Consumer Protection BC 

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Why should I hire a home inspector?

A professional home inspector possesses the knowledge, expertise and experience of how elements of a home function as a whole. A home inspector is familiar with the intended functions, operation, proper installation and required maintenance of your home’s systems.

Hiring a licensed professional gives you peace of mind and help you make a confident and informed buying decision.

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When do I need a home inspection?

For home buyers, a pre-purchase home inspection can provide you with the information you need to know about the condition of the house you plan to purchase. A home inspection identify the need for major repairs, and the need for maintenance to keep your dream house in good shape. You will learn more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with minimized risk.

Considering a renovation? A pre-renovation inspection can help homeowners to prioritize repairs and maintenance. Making sure your money is spent in the right places.

For home sellers, a listing inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition. It also shows prospective purchasers that every effort has been made to disclose the condition of the home, which equals a faster sale.

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What does a home inspection include?

A standard home inspection service includes an examination of the property’s major systems and components, an on-site verbal presentation, guided walk-through of the home and a Q&A session right after the inspection, and a detailed inspection report. 

The on-site presentation, guided walkthrough, and Q&A session are provided on-site. This is the time we present to you all the problems found during our inspection. It is an excellent opportunity for asking questions. We make sure that you understand the home conditions.

The inspection report lays out the overall home condition at the time of inspection. Every deficiency noted in the report will be illustrated with photos and detailed explanation. You will have no difficulty in reading it! The report will be delivered to you within 24 hours after the inspection. It comes in digital version so you can read it anywhere with your electronic devices.

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How long does a home inspection take?

Inspection timeframe varies significantly depending on a couple of factors, type of the property, size of the property,  age and condition of the house, presence of crawlspace, second kitchen, etc… Below is an estimate,

Typical Detached House Inspection (2,000 square feet) – 3 to 3.5 hours for the inspection, excluding on-site verbal presentation, guided walk-through, Q&A session, and inspection report

Typical Townhouse Inspection (2,000 square feet) – 2.5 to 3 hours for the inspection, excluding on-site verbal presentation, guided walk-through, Q&A session, and inspection report

Typical Condominium Inspection (1,000 square feet)– 1 to 1.5 hours for the inspection, excluding on-site verbal presentation, guided walk-through, Q&A session, and inspection report

The on-site presentation, guided walkthrough, and Q&A session usually take 1 to 1.5 hour.

It is critical that the inspector has ready access to all areas and/or systems. If certain areas are inaccessible, the client may need to reschedule and pay for a return visit to the site.

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Should I attend the home inspection?

Attending a home inspection is a valuable learning experience for potential home buyers. You can take this opportunity to get more familiar with your new home, and more importantly, ask questions about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. We highly recommend that you come to join us.

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