We understand that you may have some questions about our home inspection services. Below, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to address some of the most common queries we hear from future clients. If your question is not listed here, please contact us and we would be happy to provide you with any information you may need.
1What Is a Home Inspection?
A Home Inspection is a comprehensive visual examination of a property at a specific point in time. An experienced home inspector will be able to review the property as a system. After review, a home inspector will be able to identify operability, safety hazards, or other components that may affect the overall property. This will provide the client a better understanding of property conditions at the time of inspection.
2Why Get a Home Inspection?
A home inspector will help a client understand the property being reviewed, and provide unbiased advice towards possible improvements or maintenance. Further, an experienced home inspector will take pictures, and document their time at the property, to ensure that the property remains relatively similar at a later date. After the inspection, an experienced home inspector will deliver a full report, including pictures and recommendations. Having reviewed many properties, an experienced Home Inspector will know what to look for in reviewing a property, and be able to give a client peace of mind in any decision they need to make.
3What Areas Do You Serve?
At Core Property Inspections, we serve all across the lower mainland. Including, but not limited to: Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Mission, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Abbotsford Please do not hesitate to contact us if the area you wish is not on this list to inquire.
4How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?
At Core Property Inspections, here are some general times for each type of property: Condos – 1 hour to 1.5 hours Townhouses – 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours Houses – 3 hours or more depending on size These times may vary, and are just estimations.
5Are There Limitations to a Home Inspection?
Home inspectors must leave a property the same condition as when they arrived, meaning no damage can be caused during the home inspection. This means that while an experienced home inspector can provide lots of information to a client about the property, there is still visual limitations.
6Should I Get a Home Inspection for a Condo?
There is a perception that exists that condos don’t need inspections due to strata handling all required repairs. An experienced home inspector knows this is not true. There are many items that can affect the safety, or the operation of a condo within the property itself. While these items at times may be simplistic to fix, they may still be important to fix to ensure anyone living inside will not encounter any burdens in the future. Further, if you ask your Home Inspector to help review the common spaces, they can assist in predicting if any areas may need future attention, and may become an expense, down the road.
7Should I Conduct My Own Home Inspection?
It is understood that hiring an experienced Home Inspector comes with a cost, and some may wish to conduct their own home inspection to save money. It is best to understand that an experienced home inspector has reviewed many properties in the past, and understands where best to look for any deficiencies, which may include in a crawlspace, or an attic. Further, a qualified home inspector will take many pictures during the time of the home inspection, to document what the property looks like at the time, and ensure that it is similar at a later date. Lastly, a licensed home inspector carries the necessary insurance to conduct home inspections, further giving a client peace of mind.
8How Much Notice Do You Need to Book an Appointment?
We at Core Property Inspections try to accommodate any amount of notice for an appointment, depending on availability. If you wish to have the highest chance of booking the time you want, it is recommend to give at least 48 hours' notice.
9Can a Property Fail a Home Inspection?
No, a property cannot fail a home inspection. A proper home inspection does not evaluate a on a ‘pass / fail’ basis, but rather what the current condition of a property is, along with recommendations from the Home Inspection on the identified deficiencies.
10When Should I Get a Home Inspection?
There are several circumstances on when best to get a Home Inspection. The most common is when purchasing a property. A Home Inspector will come to assist in determining the condition of a property, so a client can make a sound decision, and understand the product they are considering. It is possible to have a home inspection prior to writing an offer. When selling your property, a Home Inspector can conduct a pre-inspection. This means a Home Inspection done so any prospective buyers can review the condition of the property prior to making an offer. This may allow for cleaner, higher offers, and less stress and agitation over the conditions if negotiations should occur. When purchasing a new construction, a Home Inspector can assist you with the deficiency list. An experienced Home Inspector will be able to review a property and know exactly what area to look at. If you are an owner already, and wish to know what condition your property is in, or what maintenance needs to be done, a Home Inspector can assist you with that. They will be able to deliver a report to you, detailing what areas will require attention in the future.