Home Inspection Surrey | FAQ
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual assessment of a property including major mechanical and electrical systems performed by a trained professional in accordance with industry standards. Some of the items typically inspected are: plumbing, electrical, grading, roofing, siding, windows and doors, HVAC systems, the foundation and much more. A written explanation of the current condition of the property is provided at the conclusion of the inspection.
What are the benefits of a pre-purchase home inspection?
A pre-purchase home inspection gives you the most important information you needed to protect you and your family.It makes sense to have an independent review done on your behalf, so that you have peace of mind.
Should I attend the inspection?
We strongly encourage you to not only attend the inspection but to follow along with the inspector and ask questions. The inspection is an important opportunity to learn about the house and get some good tips on maintaining it, even seasoned home owners who attend the inspection and have been through other inspections often pick up and learn new things. Much of the information will be helpful after you have moved in.
What will the property inspection report say?
The purpose of the report is to provide the home buyer with detailed information about the defects that were visible at the time of the inspection. You have to decide if the defects are significant enough to put off the purchasing date. The property inspection report is 20-40 pages long. It can easily be printed and mailed or emailed to you, your agent, a family member, and/or your lawyer upon your request.
Can a residential property fail an inspection?
We will not fail a home, the home inspection is done to describe the current physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement. The decision to buy the home is ultimately the decision of the buyer. Each buyer has different skills and different goals for the property.
When can I call a home inspector?
A home inspector is typically called right after the purchase agreement has been signed, and is made available to you within 2 to 3 days. However, before you sign, be sure that an inspection clause is included in the contract, making your purchase obligation conditional to the findings of a professional home inspector.
My builder has a great reputation. I don’t really think I need an outside inspection, do I?
Each home is unique in terms of construction. Weather conditions, quality of materials and the estimated 5,000 man-hours it takes to build a home mean that there is no way any home will be perfect. The skill levels of the trades are different on every site and are different every day! Builders earn their reputations largely on customer service. Let us help you assemble a list for your builder so they can demonstrate why they have such a great reputation!
My house is covered by a warranty - why inspect?
If you don't know what they are or don't know how to look for them, you may be leaving some items off your list for the builder. In our experience, a newly built home will have an average of 25+ items to be noted on the year end paperwork. The other great outcome of an inspection is the added confidence you have living in your new home. You will have a better understanding of how the home works as a system and how to maintain/lower costs of ownership. The end result? Lower anxiety levels when things don't work the way they should.
How far in advance should I schedule the home inspection?
We advise you to schedule the inspection as far in advance as you can to get the time and day that works best for you. We will try our best to accommodate appointments on short notice.
How long will the inspection take?
Most full house inspections take approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Times will vary depending on the age, size and condition of the home.
What are your hours of operation?
We do inspections 7 days a week during daylight hours, and are available from 8am to 10pm for phone consultations.
How much does it cost to do a home inspection and what payment methods do you accept?
Typically, our company charges you $350 to $525 and up depending on the size and location of your home. We accept cash, cheque credit card or Email money transfers. Payment must be make at the time of the inspection.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, please call us for details. Information we will require from you to book your inspection and be quoted a price for the service:
- Year of construction
- Type of house
- Size of house: square footage
- Type of heating system
- Environmental assessment done or needed
- Specialized testing required
- Address and the cross street
Can you send a copy of the report to my agent?
Not without your written approval. An initialed clause in the inspection contract will allow us to send the report to whomever you wish: an agent, attorney, or family member. The report is your property and is for your use solely. If you wish to share it with your real estate team, you must authorize the inspector to distribute it.