Frequently Asked Questions (and the answers)

When someone decides they want to have a home inspection, they usually have a lot of questions. That’s why I’m here!

Browse my frequently asked questions below and contact me if you have any specific concerns I can help you with. I’m happy to answer all your questions and provide you with the right information, so you can make the right decision for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Home Inspections

1.1.  A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property (as delineated below), performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.  The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.

  1. The home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions.
  2. The home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.

1.2.  A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people.  The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect.

1.3.  A home inspection report shall identify, in written format, defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.  Inspection reports may include additional comments and recommendations.

A home inspection will typically include an examination of the foundation and basement, roof, attic, heating and cooling systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself. An inspector will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues. Importantly, they will also make note of any fire and safety issues that need to be addressed.

Although it is not required for the client to be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. This is a great chance to learn more about the home and ask questions about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. You also have the ability to see what the inspector sees at the same time, instead of looking at a picture in the report. If it’s possible for you to be at the inspection, it’s highly recommended.

First – Cheaper is not always better, it’s usually just cheaper.

The price of a detailed home inspection can vary greatly depending on many factors. Most inspection companies base their price on the overall square footage of the house.  Other factors can include the age of the property, the foundation type, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and the location. 

A highly trained inspector has invested in themself and their business to provide a high quality service to their client, you. We don’t strive to provide the cheapest cost, but rather to provide the best value. I encourage you to not base your decision on price alone, as a home purchase is one of the largest financial decisions you will make in your life.  

There are many ways to save money along the process of buying a house. Going with a cheaper price for your home inspection is not an option that is recommended.

Ben Franklin once said – The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten.

A typical home inspection will take between 2 – 4 hours depending on the age, condition, and size of the home. Larger homes, older homes, or homes with multiple issues always take longer than smaller, newer, well maintained properties. A home inspector should take the time that is necessary to provide a thorough inspection and not be rushing to get to the next one. A quality inspector should also provide enough time upon completion to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. This is all part of the inspection process.