What To Expect From A Home Inspection

April 25th 2016

What To Expect From A Home Inspection,
Detailed Inspections offers fully certified and professional home and building inspections in Kamloops BC and area. Often our clients have ideas of what a home inspection should provide, and often these ideas are influenced by bad experiences or miscommunication. Here's what Detailed Inspections:

Remember that a home inspection is a visual, not a technically exhaustive process. Because it is usually done before the sale, your inspector is limited to how invasive the inspection can be. You don’t own the house yet.

Most inspections are ‘Pre-Purchase’ Inspections meaning the client has hired an inspector to evaluate the home before they remove the subjects and complete the sale. It is often a ‘pause’ in the home buying process, giving you time to look closely at what you are considering buying.

Even though it is a visual inspection only, a good inspector has the knowledge and tools to determine the condition of the systems within the home.

A good home inspector also has the appropriate training and should be ‘Certified’ to perform home inspections. In BC this means they are a member with the Applied Science Technologist and Technicians of BC, licensed by Consumer Protection BC and have the required liability insurance plus errors/omissions insurance to conduct home inspections.

You can expect that your inspector will spend time with you ‘on-site’. A one-hour walk through of the house together is beneficial. The inspector should also prepare and deliver to you a written report. A written narrative vs. checkbox style of reporting is preferred. The information should be presented in a way that you can easily understand it and is meant to help you make a good, informed decision about the purchase.

A home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but cannot guarantee the future condition, efficiency or life expectancy of the house systems or components. He or she should not offer you a quote on the cost of repairing any deficiencies or give you a referral. You want your inspector to be arms-length from the buying process at all time.