WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION ?
A home inspection is a non-invasive examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or systems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.
WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE ?
The standard home inspector’s report will review the condition of: the heating system, the electrical system, the cooling system, the interior plumbing, the roof surface, attic, insulation, wall, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, appliances, foundation, basement, exterior, drainage and structure.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE A HOME INSPECTION ?
The purchase of home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should earn 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 many 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 our home on the market (Pre-Listing Inspection). This will give you a better understanding of conditions which many be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
DOES A STANDARD INSPECTION COVER A RADON TEST ?
No. A Radon test is a separate service provided by Partner Company. If Radon testing is desired, Pro360 Home Inspection will provide this service at an additional cost.
WHY IS A RADON TEST IMPORTANT ?
Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the North America. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium is soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. By testing for this colorless, odorless gas houses can be re-mediated protection.
HOW LONG DOES AN INSPECTION TAKE ?
Home inspections take between 2 – 3 hours for the standard size home. However, for home above 5000 square feet, older homes or home with additions, the inspection may take longer.
HOW MUCH DOES A HOME INSPECTION COST ?
The cost of a home inspection will vary with the size, age, number of HAVC systems, out buildings, etc. This information will be settled after contacting us.
SHOULD I BE PRESENT FOR THE INSPECTION ?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is 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 written report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand through the inspector’s eyes.
CAN I PERFORM AN INSPECTION MYSELF ?
Even the most experience homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He or she understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. Above all, most buyers 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.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR MY HOUSE TO 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.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or “purchase agreement” has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and sell are obligated.
IF THE HOUSE PROVES TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION, DID I REALLY NEED AN INSPECTION ?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. 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.
HOW DO I FIND A HOME INSPECTOR ?
The best source is a friend, or perhaps a business acquaintance, which has been satisfied with and can recommend a home inspector they have used. Realtors are also generally familiar with the service, and should be able to provide you with a list of names from which to choose.
Whatever your source, you will want to make sure that the home inspector is a Member of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI), Professional Home and Property Inspectors of Canada (PHPIC), American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the existing National Association of Certified Inspectors (NACHI) in order to be certain of his or her professional qualifications, experience, and business ethics.