How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the time frame in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
What do you look at?
We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer’s decision to purchase.
How much does an inspection cost?
Our typical fee for an inspection is $375-$400. However, some factors will affect the fee. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.
What is included in the fee?
- Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced certified professional.
- Comprehensive digital home inspection report.
- Appendix full of educational information plus a reference Library.
- Technical support for as long as you own your home.
Can I follow along?
Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most home buyers.’
Do I have to take notes?
You don’t have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a computer generated report. It’s much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector’s comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 – 3 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won’t have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won’t get dirty.
Can I bring my family?
We recommend that you not bring your family; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector’s comments – the fewer distractions, the better.
Do I get a written report? When?
You do receive a digital report with a link emailed to you within 12-24 hours. Under certain circumstances it is provided in a few hours. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. You will also have access to a reference library with over a thousand diagrams and educational information to help educate you on your home and it’s systems. Ancoe Inspections will follow up with you from time to time and continue emailing helpful tips on Maintenance and more.
If it’s really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It’s a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house – they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don’t leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
Home warranty programs are available from others. We would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.
How long has your company been in business?
Since 2012. We are a promising young company committed to giving our clients a excellent and positive Home Inspection experience. Attention to detail, good communication and customer service are our strengths.
What are your inspectors’ qualifications?
Our inspector Graduated with High Honours from the CarsonDunlop Inspection Program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. He was also one of the top students in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Ontario Building Code Part 9 courses. Both covering Heath and Safety as well as the Building Envelope. He is also a Level One Certified Infrared Thermographer. Our Inspector is gifted with excellent communication skills and has plenty of hands-on experience. Rest assured you are in good hands!
Our inspector also keeps his skills current with continuing education programs both through the company and as a member of O.A.H.I (Ontaio Association of Home Inspectors) and C.A.H.P.I(Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors). One such program was C.A.H.P.I’s New Construction Inspector training, as well as monthly meetings and annual conferences.
Are you a member of any professional organization?
Yes our inspector is a member of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors, Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors, and InterNACHI.
How many days notice do I need to give you?
Our Inspector is ready to serve you quickly. However, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you allow at least two days to arrange for a home inspection. Under certain circumstances we can accommodate you when timing is very tight, all you have to do is call us and we’ll do our best to help you.