Common Questions and Answers
1. How does the "Buy Back guarantee work?
If your participating inspector misses anything, we'll buy your home back.
And now for the “fine print”:
Honored for 90 days after closing.
Valid for home inspections performed for home buyers by participating InterNACHI members.
We'll pay you whatever price you paid for the home.
The home must be listed with a licensed Real Estate Agent.
Excludes homes with material defects not present at the time of the inspection, or not required to be inspected per InterNACHI's Residential Standards of Practice.
2. What are your inspectors' qualifications?
I am a CPI (Certified Professional Inspector), certified by InterNACHI and also a CCHI(Canadian Certified Home Inspector).
InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, is the world’s largest inspection trade association. InterNACHI operates in 65 different countries and nine languages. InterNACHI is the inspection industry’s largest provider of education and training.
I am also a graduate of the Carson & Dunlop Home Inspection Training Program, the largest and most recognized Canadian Home Inspection Educator.
In addition, I have owned and renovated many houses over the years. There is nothing like "getting your hands dirty" to help you understand where potential problems may lie.
3. How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on.
4. What do you look at?
I inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. My goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
5. How much does an inspection cost?
It depends on several factors.
Factors such as location, size of the house, number of units, and so on, will affect the price. Call, or email, to discuss the specifics, and cost. The inspection fee, plus tax, is normally due when the inspection begins.
6. What is included in the fee?
-Home inspection conducted by a trained professional.
-Comprehensive written home inspection report.
7. Can I follow along?
Definitely. I encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers.
8. Do I have to take notes?
You don't have to take notes during the inspection. I will document my findings in a written report.
9. Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop me and ask questions as you go. If comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation. I will research questions that cannot be answered on site, and get back to you.
10. What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 3 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.
11. Can I bring my family?
I recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspection, and comments - the fewer distractions, the better.
12. Do I get a written report? When?
You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is normally available within 24 hours after the inspection, by e_mail.
Distances are a factor, ..... if you do not have e-mail it will take longer, as the report must be hand delivered, or mailed.
13. If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. My goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs. 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.
14. Do you offer a warranty on the house?
No. A home inspection is not a warranty, but there are third party companies where a warranty can be purchased.
15. How many days notice do I need to give you?
I am ready to serve you quickly. However, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, I recommend that you allow at least three days to arrange for a home inspection, plus 24 to 48 hours for the report preparation.
16. Are you available on the week end, or evenings?