home Inspection FAQs
Are your home inspectors members of a professional association? Our home inspectors are members of the Home Inspectors Association BC. Our inspectors are fully insured and abide by the Home Inspectors Association BC standards of practice.
How long does a home inspection take? A typical inspection should take 3 to 4 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
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. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
What is included in the fee?
- Free infrared scan
- Free 90 day warranty
- Free Recallchek (TM)
- Free technical support for as long as you own your home
- Computer generated report completed onsite with pictures
Can I follow along? Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The house inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers.
Do I have to take notes? You don't have to take notes during the home inspection. We will document everything in a written report. It's much better to follow our home inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It is also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
Can I ask questions? Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. If BC House Reports Accredited Home Inspectors comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
Can I bring my family? We recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the home inspector's comments the fewer distractions, the better.
Do I get a written report? When? You will receive a detailed, computer generated home inspection report. It would be unfair for us to ask you to remember all of the things that we cover during a home inspection. The report includes pictures, illustrations plus comments made by the home inspector and details on all the major systems of the home. It is prepared onsite and reviewed so there will be no delay in the transaction.
If it's 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 you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.