Do I need a Home Inspector?
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What Should I Expect From My Home Inspector
Your home inspector and home inspection requirements and what to expect. First, you will be asked to sign the Inspection Agreement. We cannot complete the inspection without a signed agreement. Next, we ask you to review the Standards of Practice CSA A770. The standard is available for viewing online for your convenience. Furthermore please ensure that you understand the limitations of an inspection prior to our meeting.
Please contact us ASAP in advance of the date that you hope to schedule for your inspection.
You are my priority. Let me work for you! I can arrange a WETT inspection if required. We may need up to three days of advance notice to accommodate your booking during a home inspector’s busy period.
Ask about infrared inspections and see how they can help for a more in-depth inspection.
A home inspector using infrared can possibly reveal:
Locate air leaks from inadequately installed or worn window/door seals.
Possibly Identify faulty wiring and plumbing leaks.
Detect moisture or the possible presence of mold or mildew.
Source damaged or unsealed components of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems.
Locate the source of roof leaks and potential ice damming issues.
1. As your home inspector, I ask that you plan to attend the inspection. Visual reviews of the property require full sunlight to conduct the external part of the inspection. You may have to arrange for some time away from work if you plan to attend. Dress comfortably, knowing that we will be spending some time in the outdoors.
You need to:
2. Ensure that your agent and vendor are all aware of the timing of the inspection. Often these arrangements are made by your agent.
Buying a home is probably one of the most important purchases that you will ever make.
3. It is preferable in our opinion, that the vendors not be present during the home inspection. Vendors have a vested interest in selling their property. For example, sellers may have difficulty with a home inspector pointing out deficiencies. As a buyer rest assured that we are working for you. Furthermore, you will get the straight facts about your purchase.
4. Inspections vary in length, depending on the complexity of the property. An inspection can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to complete, sometimes longer. Please feel free to come to the inspection with any questions that you may have about the property.
Please read the whole Report!
5. Bring a notepad to take notes and document measurements. You will be provided with a written, annotated report by your home inspector at the end of the inspection. A PDF copy within 24 hrs. by email. Your personal observations may have a significant influence on your purchase decision.
6 We understand that your children are an integral part of your purchase decision, please leave them at home with a trusted person.
7. We ask that you work with your agent to have the vendor provide access to attic hatches, electrical panels, furnaces, water heaters, etc. Home inspectors cannot move any of the vendor’s property. Access is required for us to make a thorough examination of the house. Our visual inspection is limited to those parts of the house that are readily visible. Basements full of boxes may conceal a wall condition like a leak or a crack that would normally be documented if it was visible.
The inspector will
8. The inspector will conduct a random inspection of accessible electrical outlets throughout the house. We will provide an inspection of the electrical panel. An exhaustive examination of the panel cannot be performed without turning off the main power. The power cannot be shut off, as it may affect computers, health-care equipment, timers, alarms, etc.
9. If you wish to take photographs of the property, please clear this in advance with the vendor through your agent. Some vendors are concerned about their privacy and security and prefer that no photos be taken.
10. We ask that you review prior to the inspection date the Inspection Agreement and the Standards of Practice.
11. Inspection is not exhaustive:
An inspection is not technically exhaustive and all-encompassing. Our client acknowledges, that some detectable deficiencies may go unnoticed. The client accepts these limitations. The inspector is a generalist and may refer the client to a specialist for further evaluation of certain items. You as the Client acknowledge that there may be problems with the property which will not be apparent from a visual inspection.
12. Not Building code or by-law compliance:
To confirm the property meets the Building Code or By-Law requirements, it may be necessary to consult with local authorities. This inspection is not a Building Code or By-Law compliance inspection.
13. Cost Estimates:
Cost Estimates will not be provided in the Inspection Report. Your inspector is not responsible for the cost of replacement, estimate or repairs if needed. We highly recommend that you get at least three quotes from qualified specialists.
The client acknowledges
14. Environmental concerns: The client acknowledges that it may be necessary for the client to retain specialists in such areas to identify and evaluate these types of risks. Ancillary inspections can address these concerns.
If anything at all is unclear to you, I strongly encouraged you to ask questions.
Payment is due at the time of the inspection. We accept cheques, cash or an e-transfer.
We wish you luck with your home purchase.
IR is an optional ancillary service
The first photo is what they see, the second is what I see!
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