Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a Home Inspection?
A. A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by a specific set of 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.
Q. How much does an inspection cost?
A. The most common question I am asked as a home inspector is how much do inspections cost? Home inspection prices can vary based on the points listed below. I would recommend that you ask for a quote online and provide as much detail as you can, or call us to discuss the price of your inspection.
The size and complexity of the home (eg. smaller homes and condominium inspections will cost less than large homes, acreages or farms)
The time required to perform the inspection
The age of the structure
The number of heating, A/C, and electrical components / systems
Extra services like Mold or Radon testing
Additional outbuildings that you may want inspected
Q. What information do I need to give you to get a quote?
A. The information I need from you is:
The location of the home
The square footage
The age of the home
The MLS number if listed
Is the basement is finished
Attached or detached garage
Are there any outbuildings to be inspected
Are there any pets on the property
Is there a well
Have you asked for disclosure of any previous problems from the homeowner
Q. Why do I need to sign a contract?
A. The Government of Alberta requires all home inspectors to have an approved contract that must be signed by the Client before a home inspection is done. The contract we send you has been approved by Service Alberta.
Q. How long will the inspection take?
A. A thorough inspection can take 3 hours or more to complete depending on the size and age of the home, if there are extra outbuildings etc.
Q. When will I receive my inspection report?
A. A link where you can download your report will be emailed to you within 48 hours of the inspection, however usually the reports are done well before this time.
Q. Do I need to attend the inspection?
A. While it is not absolutely necessary that you attend, it is highly recommended. Being on site allows you to ask the inspector questions about the condition of your home and learn about the home's systems and their operation. If you cannot attend, please let the inspector know of any concerns you have with the home prior to the inspection.
Q. Why is licensing and certification important?
A. It is extremely important that your home inspector is an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector. InterNACHI inspectors meet rigorous educational demands that allow you to receive the best inspection available. The Government of Alberta also requires all Home Inspectors to be licensed and to carry Errors & Omissions as well as General Liability Insurance. Be sure and ask your inspector for these credentials!
Q. What are your business hours?
A. I am available all day, and can be flexible to include evenings & weekends as well. Whenever you require an inspection I'll be ready to help!