12 Questions That You Should Ask Your Potential Home Inspector
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
Home inspectors come and go. We have been in business for over 5 years and are here to stay. We will be here if you have a question or a problem down the road.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR INSPECTORS' QUALIFICATIONS?
The industry is essentially regulated but there are three different associations. CAHPI has the highest standards of the three which we are a proud member of.
Q: CAN I FOLLOW ALONG AT THE INSPECTION?
We actually encourage you to attend. This is a valuable learning experience for most home buyers. It is the perfect opportunity to ask specific questions about the condition of the home. Also, where defects are identified, the inspector can discuss these so that you understand what repairs are required.
Q: DO YOU DO REPAIRS OR RECOMMEND CONTRACTORS?
No. We are an inspection firm specializing in home inspections. We consider it a conflict of interest for a home inspector to recommend or refer a contractor to perform repairs.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES AN INSPECTION COST?
Some factors will affect the fee. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the sole deciding factor, unless of course the level of service offered is identical.
We suspect the house you are buying is not the cheapest house, but rather a house that you feel represents good value. We urge you to choose your home inspector the same way.
Q: HOW LONG DOES AN INSPECTION TAKE?
A typical home inspection takes between 2.5 and 3 hours plus the report writing time. Some older and/or larger homes can take longer. As a courtesy to the vendor, they should be informed of the time involved once the inspection is arranged.
Q: DO YOU PROVIDE A WRITTEN REPORT?
Yes. We will provide you with a computer generated report complete with illustrations and digital pictures. There will also be important maintenance tips in the report so that you can maintain you new home.
Q: CAN WE CONTACT YOU WITH QUESTIONS AFTER THE INSPECTION?
Yes. We offer free technical support after the inspection for as long as you live in the home. Simply call us or email us with any questions.
Q: WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT?
We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation and Interior. The goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical purchasers buying decision.
We will add significantly to your knowledge of the home, but still cannot tell you everything about the house. All home inspections are entirely visual. No destructive testing is performed. The inspection and report will put you in a much better position to make your decision.
Q: CAN YOU PROVIDE ME WITH ANY REFERENCES?
We cannot give out our client’s information as all home inspection are confidential but we do post customer testimonials on our website for you to read.
Q: DO YOU LOOK FOR UFFI?
The only way to guarantee that UFFI is not present somewhere in the house is to remove all of the interior finishes. Obviously, this is not possible. Looking for application holes, or drilling the odd hole is not enough. If we should see evidence of a UFFI installation or uncover a material we suspect to be UFFI, we will inform you.
Q: IF THE HOME IS REALLY BAD, WILL YOU TELL US NOT TO BUY THE HOUSE?
No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not to purchase the home. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all the factors at play.