1. What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual evaluation of the general condition of a house.
An inspector also determines whether the systems are still performing the way
they are supposed to and reports on safety and maintenance issues as well.
2. Do I really need to have a home inspection?
A house is often the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize
unpleasant surprises and unexpected problems, you will learn as much as you
can about the new or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may
identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need
for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know
more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you would like to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity
to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
3. How long does a typical home inspection take?
It depends on a number of factors, such as house size, age and general condition.
Typically it takes about three to four hours to do a complete and thorough inspection.
4. What do you look at?
We inspect the major systems of the house, including exterior, roof, structure,
plumbing, heating, electrical, insulation and interior. Our goal is to identify
any major issues with the house as well as to estimate the remaining service
life of the major system components such as the furnace and air conditioner.
We will supply you with considerable information to assist with your buying
5. Do you pass or fail the house?
No. The goal of a home inspector is to report fairly on the condition of the
house and to communicate with the client so that they can make an informed decision.
It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not 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 components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
6. Why cant I do the inspection myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a
professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home
construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. The inspector
knows how the homes systems and components are intended to function together
and why they fail. For accurate and objective information, it is best to obtain
an impartial, third-party opinion by a home inspection professional.
7. When should a home inspection be scheduled?
Make sure before you sign the contract or purchase agreement that there is
an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation
contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. Usually, a home
inspector is contacted immediately after the agreement has been signed. Home
Straight Inspections will always do its best to be available in time for you
to make an informed purchase decision.
8. Should I attend the inspection?
We definitely encourage you to attend the full inspection if possible. It
is a valuable learning experience for most home buyers. It is a great opportunity
to ask questions and for the inspector to discuss potential solutions to some
of the defects that are found.
9. Do you provide a written inspection report?
At Home Straight Inspections, we believe that you should receive a detailed
professional report that should not be rushed. Our report includes a summary
of our findings, photographs of items that need repair and detailed information
about the home.
Your report will be sent to you within 24 hours of the completion of the inspection.
10. How much does it cost for a home inspection?
This depends on the size of the home. Please call us at 1-519-497-8143 or visit
our Details & Rates page www.HomeInspectionsCambridge.com
for exact pricing.
Home Straight Inspections offers home inspection services for houses,
condominiums and townhouses in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph
and the surrounding areas. AHIT certified Home Inspector in Southwestern
AHIT Certified Home Inspector
Registered Home Inspector of the Ontario
Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI)
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