Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need a Home Inspection?
The purchase of a home is one of the largest and most important investments you will make in a lifetime. It stands to reason then that you will need to learn as much as you can about the general condition of the property and the house and if there is any need for major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties after purchasing.
A home inspection is also important to point out the positive aspects of the house you are considering. Qualities will be highlighted, as well as the maintenance you will need to provide to keep it in top shape. After the inspection you will have a very well rounded and complete understanding of the home you are planning to purchase.
If we feel confident in the home we are planning on buying since it is new or only a few years old do we really need an inspection?
Yes! Due to some contractor errors and other possible issues, it is still very important to assess the state of a home even if it is new. A pre-warranty expiration inspection will also assure you that your home is sound while giving you the opportunity to resolve problems if any arise.
ALREADY A HOME OWNER?
A Home inspection can be utilized to identify any potential problems and to educate yourself on any preventative measures available that will help you avoid costly future repairs.
SELLING A HOME?
If you are planning on putting your own home on the market, having an inspection done prior will give you an in depth understanding of the conditions that may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector. This will give you an opportunity to make repairs before hand to get your house into a more solid selling condition.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a thorough look over like a mechanic would to your vehicle. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector will advise you and may recommend further evaluation.
What Does a Home Inspection Include?
The standard home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
What Will the Inspection Cost?
The standard inspection fee for a typical one family dwelling can vary geographically as much as the cost of housing can. The inspection fee also varies depending on the size, particular features, and age of the house, as well as any additional services required such as septic tank or Well inspection.
It is always advisable to not choose the ‘lowest bidder’ when it comes to the important task of having your home inspected. The knowledge you will gain from a skilled and certified inspector is invaluable and very important in avoiding future costly issues with your home. Assessing your inspector’s qualifications, including his experience, training and professional connections should be the most important consideration over the cost.
Why Can't I Do It Myself?
Even if you are a very experienced home owner, with some structural skills and knowledge you will lack the expertise of a professional home inspector who does this work daily. A trained and certified inspector who has experience inspecting many homes is familiar with the variety of elements of home construction, proper installation and effective maintenance. He understands how the systems and components in the home are supposed to function in synchronicity as well as what it looks like when they are not, and when they fail to operate effectively.
Most importantly, when buying your own home, it is impossible to remain totally objective and detached when inspecting a house that is very desirable. Your attachment to the home will affect your judgment and critical ability to view the home impartially. For the most accurate, and detailed information it is always the best choice to secure a third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
Can a House Fail an Inspection?
There is no PASS or FAIL in a housing inspection. The inspection is only a complete examination of the current conditions of the home you are planning to purchase.
It is not an appraisal which determines the market value of a home, nor is it a municipal inspection, which verifies the local code compliance. A home inspection is simply an assessment of its physical condition with advice and guidance on what may need repair or replacement.
How Do I Find a Home Inspector?
We think you have found one! Research thoroughly, as with all considerations for professional consultation, and consider what aspects in a home inspector are important to you. Always talk to the inspector in person to assess his communication skills because no amount of certification or training will help if he is not able to effectively communicate to you his findings.
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Another great resource source is CanNACHI – Canada’s Commercial and Home Inspector Association. http://www.cannachi.org/
When Do I Call in the Home Inspector?
A home inspector is customarily called immediately after the contract or purchase agreement between the buyer and the seller has been signed and can be available on a fairly immediate schedule.
IMPORTANT – before you sign an agreement ensure that there is an inspection clause that protects you by making your purchase obligation contingent on the findings of the professional home inspection. This clause will clearly express the terms to which both the buyer and the seller are obliged to follow through on.
Do I Have to Be There?
Of course it is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended for you to be present. You will have the opportunity to observe the inspector in action and ask questions directly as they arise. You will also learn about the home, its current condition, how its particular systems work and how to maintain it in the future.
The final written report from your inspector will also be way easier to understand if you have combed through the property first hand and observed it through the inspector’s skilled eyes.
What if the Report Reveals Problems?
There is no perfect house. All homes have some issues and they simply need to be identified and dealt with. If your inspector finds issues, it does not mean that you should not purchase the house. It simply is a way for you to know in advance what to expect from this house to avoid unpleasant surprises. Also, if major and costly problems are found, the seller may adjust the purchase price and contract terms. This information is very important for you to make an individual decision based on what is found and what your personal budget allows for any future repairs that may be needed.
If the House Proves to be in Good Condition, Did I Really Need an Inspection?
Yes! You can now confidently purchase your home with a full in depth knowledge of the condition of the house and all of its particular systems and components. You will have also learned how to properly maintain your home and you will have a final written report from your inspector to refer back to. The cost of an inspection is well worth the confidence and security you get which will provide you with ‘Peace of Mind’ when purchasing your home.