Whether you’re buying or selling, a professional home inspection can give you the peace of mind you need to make the right decision, and protect your most important investment.
Ask your Home Inspector the following:
1. What standards do you follow?
Home inspectors should follow standards of practice for the Province in which they conduct home inspections. One of the most stringent standards of practice are those issued by the Canadian Association of Home & Property inspectors. You should ask your home inspector which standards they follow and those standards should be referenced in the home inspection contract that you sign with the home inspector.
2. Are you a full time inspector?
The home inspector that you select should be inspecting homes on a full-time basis. This service should not be offered by a part time inspector since they will not typically perform a sufficient number of inspections to maintain their qualifications. In addition, you’ll want to ensure that the home inspector is fully dedicated to your interests and not to another job.
3. May I attend the inspection?
Some home inspectors do not recommend (and some do not permit) the client to attend the home inspection. It’s vital that every client attends the entire home inspection with the home inspector. This will ensure that you can question the inspector on the findings that are observed at the time of the inspection. You will also see, first hand, what the inspector sees and they can explain to you why building components may be defective.
4. Do you provide a written report and when will I receive it?
Some home inspectors will provide a verbal inspection or a verbal walk through of the home. The standards of practice under which home inspectors at AmeriSpec of Canada operate, require that a written report be issued to the client. Although a verbal inspection may be less expensive than a written report, you’ll have nothing too refer to in the future if issues arise in the home. In addition, you may find it useful to share a written report with your lender, lawyer or real estate agent prior to waiving your conditions on the offer to purchase.
5. How long will the inspection take?
On average, a 2000 to 4000 square foot home will take a good home inspector approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours to properly conduct the home inspection. If the home inspector tells you that they can inspect your home in 1/2 to 2 hours, chances are they’re not conducting a detailed, proper and professional home inspection.
Text by Jeffrey Brookfield | AmeriSpec of Canada
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