Home Inspection FAQ’s

What are the benefits of a pre-purchase home inspection?

A pre-purchase home inspection gives you the most important information you needed to protect you and your family. Not understanding the true condition of your prospective purchase can cost you an arm and a leg, not to mention innumerable hours of your valuable time. Regardless of whether an inspection uncovers a major defect or not, it makes sense to have an independent review done on your behalf, so that you have peace of mind.

Should I attend the inspection?

We strongly encourage you to not only attend the inspection but to follow along with the inspector and ask questions.  The inspection is an important opportunity to learn about the house and get some good tips on maintaining it, even seasoned home owners who attend the inspection and have been through other inspections often pick up and learn new things.  Much of the information will be helpful after you have moved in.

What will the property inspection report say?

The property report is not a full guarantee that all potential defects have been identified. The purpose of the report is to provide the home buyer with detailed information about the defects that were visible at the time of the inspection. You have to decide if the defects are significant enough to put off the purchasing date.
The property inspection report is 9-20 pages long. It can easily be printed and mailed, emailed or faxed to you, your agent, a family member, and/or your lawyer upon your request.

Can a residential property fail an inspection?

We will not fail a home, the home inspection is done to describe the current physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.  The decision to buy the home is ultimately the decision of the buyer.  Each buyer has different skills and different goals for the property.

When can I call a home inspector?

A home inspector is typically called right after the purchase agreement has been signed, and is made available to you within 2 to 3 days. However, before you sign, be sure that an inspection clause is included in the contract, making your purchase obligation conditional to the findings of a professional home inspector.

How do I set up a home inspection?

Call us at:  (403) 826-6111, email us at  info@calgaryinspection.ca  we will be happy to arrange an inspection appointment at your convenience or you can Click Here and fill out an inspection request form.

How far in advance should I schedule the home inspection?

We advise you to schedule the inspection as far in advance as you can to get the time and day that works best for you.  Call us at 403-826-6111  We put the phone on call forward to our cell after office hours so feel free to call between 8:00am and 10:00pm 7 days a week!   We will try our best to accommodate appointments on short notice.

How long will the inspection take?

Most full house inspections take approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours (can be quicker if the home is vacant).  Times will vary depending on the age, size and condition of the home.

What are your hours of operation?

We do inspections 7 days a week during daylight hours, and are available from 8am to 10pm for phone consultations.

How much does it cost to do a home inspection and what payment methods do you accept?

Typically, our company charges you $425 to $525 and up depending on the size and location of your home. Apartment inspections usually cost $375 and up depending on the size and location.  We accept cash, cheque or Email money transfers.  Payment must be make at the time of the inspection.  We can accept also accept credit cards on site if needed.

Do you offer any discounts?

Yes, please call us for details.

Can you send a copy of the report to my agent?

Not without your written approval. An initialed clause in the inspection contract will allow us to send the report to whomever you wish: an agent, attorney, or family member. The report is your property and is for your use solely. If you wish to share it with your real estate team, you must authorize the inspector to distribute it.

Why would a seller want to have a home inspection?

It’s not immediately obvious to many sellers why a Pre-Listing Home Inspection would be beneficial.  You will know about potential issues and have an opportunity to make appropriate repairs before the home goes on the market  it also gives you an advantage over other home sellers.  A pre-listing inspection can also prevent extended negotiations at sale time.

 


Resources

City of Calgary

Service Alberta – Hiring a Home Inspector – Consumer Tips

Service Alberta – Home Renovations – Consumer Tips

Service Alberta – Buying and Owning a Condominium – Consumer Tips

CMHC – Canada Mortgage and House Corporation

DIY Instructional Videos

Building codes and permits

Mould and Your Health

Asbestos – Health Canada

Expectations for your home inspection

Vague Real Estate Terms

 

 


 

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