Why do I need a home inspection?
You have fallen in love with a home, but are you going to jump up in the attic to make sure there is no moisture issues, or pot lights buried in insulation. Or do you really have the time in a 20 minute walk around to open up the electrical panel to look for corroded wires or aluminum wiring that may potentially burn your house down? Usually not, and that is why you get a home inspector. Someone that will go and spend 3 or 4 hours going through your home and testing every faucet in the house, or getting into the crawlspace to make sure there is sufficient ventilation. A home inspector is there to find the things you canít see in a short walk through and to give you all the facts before making the biggest investment of your life.
How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 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.
How much does an inspection cost?
Our typical fee for an inspection is $ 425. However, some factors will affect the fee. For example inspections on houses above 2,000 square feet would have an additional charge as well as outside of a 50 km radius of Saskatoon will include a mileage fee. Condo units will have a reduced fee.
What is included in the fee?
- Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional and a thorough walkthrough where the inspector visually addresses the issues found
- Thermal Imaging
- Comprehensive home inspection report including pictures of the issues found incorporated into the report
- Technical support for as long as you own your home and an online version of the Home Reference Book.
Can I follow along?
Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers. However, if you want to be present for the whole inspection, you must arrange this with your realtor as they will need to be present for the entire inspection as well.
Do I have to take notes?
You don't have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a report. It's much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It's 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. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.
Can I bring my family?
We recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector's comments - the fewer distractions, the better.
Do I get a written report? When?
You do receive a report. Primarily inspections are prepared using Horizon Software and the report is transmitted via email. However, the option is available to prepare a written hard copy report if that suites the clients needs better. This needs to be communicated to the home inspector at time of booking. The fee is the same for either reports and contains the same information. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is emailed or delivered within 48 hours after the inspection.
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.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house - they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
Home warranty programs are available from others. We would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.
What are your qualifications?
Mark is a College graduate of the Carson Dunlop & Associates Home Inspection Training Program. He possesses excellent communication skills and hands-on experience.
Mark is required to keep his skills current with continuing education programs. He is a Registered Home Inspector with CAHPI Saskatchewan. He also has his Level 1 Thermal Imaging Certificate.
Mark carries Errors & Ommissions insurance.
How many days notice do I need to give you?
A&M Home Inspections is ready to serve you quickly. However, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you allow a minimum of five days to arrange for a home inspection.