We’ve compiled this list of questions and answers to help you and other homeowners, home buyers and others that are looking for professional home inspectors in the greater Edmonton and area.
Is it OK if I attend the home inspection?
Yes! We welcome home buyers to learn more about their home by asking questions during watching the inspection process.
When will I receive the home inspection report?
You will receive the report within 24 hours of the inspection time. In most cases you will receive it on the same day.
How do I receive the report?
You’ll get an email from us that includes a link to the report. You’ll be able to view it in an eye-pleasing web page format, or if you prefer you can download it to your computer or mobile device as a PDF.
How long does the inspection last?
For an average-sized house, the inspector typically will spend up to 2-1/2 hours inspecting the various systems of the house. Obviously for larger houses the time will be extended.
Do you "pass" or "fail" a home?
We hear that some home inspectors make a declaration at the end of the inspection where they state that “this house is a fail”, or “this is a good house”. We consider it our job to help the buyer understand the problems with the home so that they can decide for themselves if the problems are bad enough for them to consider the house a good fit.
What if a big problem is found with the house?
We’ll tell you about any significant problem that we find (and many small ones, too). Our home inspection report is possibly the best anywhere near Edmonton, and will describe in plain language what the problem is, the effect of the problem and what trade to contact for it to be fixed. Big problems can be an opportunity for negotiation of the sales price.
The house that I'm buying looks fine. What's the point of a home inspection?
It’s difficult for home buyers to take an unbiased look at their potential house, townhome or condo, and the trained eye of a home inspector is often better equipped than the buyer to take a detailed look at every accessible system of a home. Simply put, we’ll probably look in places that you might not even think of looking.
How much does a home inspection cost?
Our home inspection pricing is based on the size and age of the house, and to some extent its distance from our primary service area.
How can a home be inspected when its covered with snow?
It’s true that a roof covering can’t be thoroughly inspected if it’s coated with ice and snow. But we do our best to inspect the underside of the roof from within an attic, when it’s safe to do so.
Are you able to access a house without a real estate agent being present?
We’ll coordinate with your real estate agent for access to the home so that you won’t need to leave work for the home inspection.
What does the inspection include?
Our home inspection process includes the grounds, exterior, interior, electrical, plumbing, garage, structure, ventilation and other systems of the house.
What types of inspections do you offer?
In addition to home inspections for buyers, many of the inspections that we perform are for sellers. Of course we will soon offer free mold inspections, and radon testing is an optional add-on.
Do you inspect "FSBO", or For Sale by Owner, houses?
A large segment of our business comes from buyers who are purchasing FSBO homes. We specialize in FSBO home inspections near me, and are able to provide timely advice concerning how to proceed with the information you learn from the inspection.
What are a few of the common problems that you find during a pre-purchase home inspection?
We think that most home inspectors near Edmonton would agree that problems with electrical and heating systems are quite common, as well as exterior issues that result from poor maintenance.