Once payment has been received and the contract signed, the inspection will begin. The report will be started during the inspection process and a completed version, available for you to print and/or save, will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the completion of the inspection.
A typical inspection of an average sized home should take between 2-3 hours. Properties that are substantially larger than average may take longer in order to do a thorough and complete inspection.
By all means, the potential buyer is welcome to, and if possible, should attend the inspection. During the inspection process the inspector may point out valuable pieces of information for you to know that will make the context of the report easier to understand. To stay focussed, on schedule, and avoid missing things, the inspector may ask you to keep any questions you might have until the end when the inspection is done.
The answer to both of these questions is no. The inspector does not pass or fail a house that they are inspecting. Their job is to point out potential issues and deficiencies so that you, the buyer, can make an informed decision about the purchase of the home being inspected. As such, they will not put an appraisal value on the home during their inspection.
Again, the answer to these questions is no. An inspector is a generalist, and not a contractor who could provide pricing for potential repairs or renovations. Doing any of these during an inspection could be a conflict of interest and not in the best interest of the home buyer. There are many resources online for home buyers, like the ones provided on our helpful links page, to help estimate costs of potential repairs or renovations.
Our inspectors are Infrared certified, but the entire home will not be thermally imaged for energy efficiency during a standard home inspection. The inspector may, at their discretion, choose to use an Infrared camera during the inspection as a supplemental tool to help identify some general issues or deficiencies. Infrared cameras can not find cracks in the foundations of a finished foundation, nor can they identify mold, although they may be able to detect evidence of moisture that may be associated with these issues.
During a standard home inspection, an inspector is not specifically looking for any of these issues. That said, if an inspector sees something during their visual and non-invasive inspection of the accessible systems of your home which they suspect to be one of these items, they will tell you of their suspicion and suggest that you have a specialist in the particular area of concern investigate and do further testing.
In regards to wood burning fireplaces and their associated chimneys, a standard home inspection is not a WETT (Wood Energy Transfer Technology) inspection. This goes outside the realm of a generalist inspection and is something that should always be looked at by a WETT specialist.
The inspection is not a building code inspection and our inspectors are not building code inspectors. Code violations are outside of the standard of a visual home inspection which focuses on the function of the home being inspected, not on building code compliance.
All our home inspectors are fully licensed by the Government of Alberta and carry the required bond and liability insurance set forth by law. Our inspections are conducted using the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that are available for you here:
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