Common Questions

What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home.  If you are thinking about buying or selling a house, townhouse, or condominium, you should have it properly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional home inspector.

Why do I need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect both indoors and out in terms of repair and maintenance and their costs. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Water marks in the basement may indicate a chronic seepage problem or may just be a single incident. The home inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents his professional opinion as to the condition of the property before you buy so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, a home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the type of maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of what is you are about to purchase, and you will be able to make your decision confidently.

When do I call in the Inspector?
Buyer: The best time to call in the Home Inspector is after you have made an offer on the house, and before you sign the contract.  You can ask your Realtor to include an inspection clause in the contract making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of the professional home inspector.
Seller: Before deciding to put your house on the market.  This will allow you to have enough time to fix any needed repairs.

Do I have to be there for the inspection?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is a good idea.  By following the home inspector around the house, by observing and asking questions, you will learn about your new home and get some tips on the maintenance and general information that will be of great help to you after you have moved in. 

**Please make sure that all utilities are turned on and we have access to all the areas.  The inspection should take approximately 2-3 hours.

What if the report reveals problems?
If the inspector finds fault in a home it does not necessarily mean you shouldn't buy it.  Only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate.  A seller may be willing to renegotiate the purchase price because of significant problems discovered in an inspection.  If you do not want to become involved in further repair work you may decide that this is not the house for you.  The choice is yours.

How can you benefit for a Property Inspection?

  • Provides peace of mind, helps you to make a sound home buying decision
  • Reveals that need for repairs, or replacements, before you buy.
  • Limits the number of potential problems you may discover after you move in.
  • Gives you invaluable details about your new home, the conditions of the property, where the main shutoff valves to the utilities are located, how the house operates and more.


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Steve Duchenene
2004 Home Examiner