Q: Why should I have a home inspection?
A: The scope of a professional home inspection is limited to a non-invasive, visual and physical examination the home; not a technically exhaustive inspection of every system and component. The purpose of a home inspection is to inform you about the condition of the property you are considering.
Q: How much does a Home Inspection cost?
A: The fees for a Home Inspection are set primarily by the age and size of the dwelling. Older and/or larger homes take longer to inspect and are charged for accordingly. Additional fees are also charged for mileage outside the City of Calgary, and for such things as basement suites, etc. Click to send a request for Quote.
Q: What forms of payment are accepted?
A: Visa, MasterCard, Cheque are the accepted methods of payment.
Q: What does the inspection process entail?
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Q: Can I or should I attend the Inspection?
A: We encourage you to attend the inspection and we gladly anticipate answering your questions. We also realize that most people manage busy schedules, and are not willing to be on-site for the entire Inspection. What many people do is attend a portion of the Home Inspection, usually the last half hour or hour of the inspection to observe, as well as ask questions. If you are unable to attend the Inspection, that is just fine too. After you have received and read the Inspection Report (sent to you same day by email) we would be please to offer a consultation by telephone, to answer your questions and explain the findings in the Inspection Report if necessary.
Q: Who gets a copy of the inspection report?
A: Only you do. In Alberta, Home Inspectors are licensed and subject to provincial regulations. Upon fulfillment of the contract for the Inspection Service, the Inspection Report, becomes your property. We can only distribute the Inspection Report to other parties with your expressed, written permission. Typically, if you need another party to have a copy of the Inspection Report, you simply email the document to that party yourself.
Q: How long does the Inspection take?
A: We do not rush through Home Inspections. We want to do the best job possible for our clients (within the scope of the Home Inspection), and be able to answer questions on-site for clients who attend the inspection. Typically we are on-site for about 5 hours; longer for larger and/or older dwellings. Apartment condominium units usually take about 2 hours.
Q: When do I receive the Inspection Report?
A: Same day as the Inspection. The Inspection Report will be sent to you via email. A high quality, narrative type report with photo documentation is provided to you.
Q: What do I do if significant issues, problems, or defects are discovered through the course for the Home Inspection process?
A: Be proud of yourself for choosing to have a Home Inspection! The Inspector is willing to answer your questions and explain any of the issues, problems, and defects. After that, it is up to you to decide how to proceed, now that you are informed about the condition of the property you are considering. This next step is usually discussed by you and your Realtor. We always recommend obtaining repair cost/estimates from qualified professionals prior to close.
Q: Does the Inspection Report provide costs estimates for repairs regarding issues found during the course of the Home Inspection?
A: Absolutely not. Home inspectors in Alberta are prohibited from discussing or providing cost estimates/quotes of any kind. We always recommend obtaining repair cost/estimates from qualified professionals prior to close.
Q: How do I set up a Home Inspection?
A: By telephone: 403-617-4677 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please have/include the following information:
Client names, phone, email,
Address of the property to be inspected,
Year the dwelling was built,
Above grade square footage of the dwelling,
Undeveloped, Developed, or Suited Basement,
No Garage, Attached Garage, Detached Garage,
If this is a House: Detached House or Attached House,
If this is a Condominium: Apartment Unit; Townhouse Unit.
Q: Are you Insured?
A: Yes. In Alberta, Home Inspectors are not allowed to operate without the required insurance coverages and licenses.
Q: Do you offer any after inspection service?
A: Certainly. We believe “once a client; always a client”. It doesn’t matter if your question is two days, two months, or two years after the Inspection; we are here to help. Should you have a question about the Inspection Report or anything regarding housing in general that you think we may be able to help with; just send us an email. We try to answer questions same day or next.
Q: Does your Inspection come with a Guarantee or Warranty?
A: No. In our opinion, third party guarantees or warranties are merely a marketing tool. Some Home Inspection firms may offer a third party warranty. You should take time to fully read and comprehend these warranty documents and be very aware of the exclusions and limitations that make up these warranties. Typically, the list of exclusions and limits is so restrictive, you should ask what are they are actually covering, or how difficult it may be to file and collect on a claim?
The scope of a professional home inspection is limited to a non-invasive, visual and physical examination the home; not a technically exhaustive inspection of every system and component. The purpose of a home inspection is to inform you about the condition of the property you are considering.
A Home Inspection is NOT and insurance policy. It is unreasonable to expect that for a fee you can transfer all the risk of the property purchase on to a Home Inspector. A good Home Inspection can make you more aware of the condition of the property to help reduce your risk, and make an informed decision, it cannot eliminate your risk. Furthermore, the Home Inspector cannot predict future failures of any items, components, or system within the property.