Home Inspection (What to expect)
Please keep in mind, during the inspection we do not open walls and take things apart like you see on TV. The inspection is to help the purchaser understand their new home . In addition, we offer solutions to most defects found during the inspection, plus expected life span of different components of the home (Roof, Furnace, Air Conditioning, etc). There is no perfect home. During the inspection we also offer maintenance tips to help protect the investment for years to come.
In summary, the inspection is an education to help understand the present condition of the property and estimate what short term and long term expenses may arise.
Preparing for your Home Inspection (Purchaser)
- We highly recommend that you attend the inpection. Please dress for the weather. We will be spending about 15 - 30 minutes outside when you arrive. I do have extra umbrellas.
- I am typically 30 mins early, please be on time or 10 mins early.
- Bring a list of any concerns you may have and ask those questions upfront.
- Bring a measuring tape for room sizes and pad of paper.
- Our inspections are very detailed, we try to give you as much information as possible. In addition, we add illustrations to the report to help provide a better understanding of how to correct issues that may be found during the inspection. Please keep in mind that there is no perfect home. See a sample of our reports.
- if you have questions during the inspection, please ask anything you want at anytime.
How long does a home inspection take? A typical inspection should take 2.5 to 4 hours to complete plus approximately 2 hours to write your report ( the client is not present when writing the report). This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
What do you look at? We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase. Detailed list.
Can I follow along? Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The house inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers.
Do I have to take notes? You don't have to take notes during the home inspection. We will document everything in a written report. It's much better to follow our home inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It is also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
Can I ask questions? Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home.
What should I wear? You should dress comfortably and for the weather. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.
Can I bring my family? We recommend that you not bring your family. This is a technical evaluation and you should focus on the home inspector's comments. The fewer distractions, the better.
Do I get a written report? When? You will receive a detailed, computer generated home inspection report. It would be unfair for us to ask you to remember all of the things that we cover during a home inspection. The report includes pictures, illustrations plus comments made by the home inspector and details on all the major systems of the home.
If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house? No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.
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Preparing for your Home Inspection (Seller)
- Plan on us arriving 30 mins early, we will start on the outside of the home and on the roof.
- Please inform us of any special details regarding the home and feel free to tell us about improvements.
- If you have pets, please ensure the yard is clear of droppings and remove the pets from the home if possible.
- Think of this as an open house....the home inspection is typically the longest amount of time your buyer has spent in the home. We can be on the inspection for 3 to 4 hours.
- Fix the little things, the inspection report can become lengthy with little items, loose railings, loose toilets, loose faucets. Almost every report I write will have 1 of those 3 things in it. Most are easy to fix and it helps to keep the inspection report small.
- Leave copies of the receipts for any repairs that you have paid for on the Kitchen counter where we can find them.
- Please leave access to electrical panel, furnace, water heater, etc and if possible access to all basement exterior walls, crawlspace, under stairs for visual and Infrared inspection.
- Leave keys for sheds, out-buildings, etc or leave them unlocked.
- Please leave the fence gates to your backyard unlocked - remember I will be 30 mins early.
- If the property is vacant, please turn on water, gas, hydro etc.
- Turn on the pilot lights (Flame) on gas fireplaces so your buyer can see it working.
- We will need access to the attic hatch, please ensure items are not in the way. Clothes can stay if the attic hatch is in your closet, clothing will be covered.
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