Answers to Common Questions About Home & Commercial Inspections

What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and operating systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If any issues or symptoms are found, the inspector will bring them to your attention and recommend a course of action to correct the issue. The inspector may recommend further evaluation.

What does an inspection include?
The standard home inspection will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure, and we will even inspect the appliances. We will provide you with a 38-page on-the-spot report on the condition of the home and its components.

Why do I need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the single largest investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, a home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.

If you are already a home owner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive measures which might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

Can’t I do it myself?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. In addition, most homebuyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.

Can a house fail an inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.

Do I have to be there for the inspection?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. You will also find the final report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand through the inspector’s eyes.

What if the inspection report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Absolutely! Now you can complete the purchase with full peace of mind. You will also have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will want to keep that information for future reference.

What type of insurance do you carry?
We carry Errors and Omissions Insurance plus general liability.

How much time is required to do a home inspection?
A typical home will take between two & two and a-half-hours to do a thorough inspection. Older homes and two family homes may take a bit longer.

What does a home inspection cost?
The inspection fee varies from a condo-apartment to a typical one-family house, Please call 204-918-8881 for current pricing. However, do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the fee. Payment of inspection fees is due and payable by cash or cheque upon completion of the inspection.

You will also receive a detailed report printed or sent to your email that is easy to understand. The Home Inspection First Report has been tested in the field and is the most comprehensive in the industry. It meets or exceeds the standards required by the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI); the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI); the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI); and the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI).

What is my experience in the field?

  • 20 Years in the construction industry
  • Built custom houses
  • Extensive renovation experience
    • Framing
    • Drywall
    • Stucco, Brick and Siding
    • Concrete
    • Foundation
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Roofing
  • Full E&O Insurance (Errors & Omissions)
  • Full Liability Insurance
  • Fully Certified Member or NACHI (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors.)
  • On-going courses for inspections.