What are your qualifications?
Mainland Home Inspections is a member of Home Inspectors Association BC (HIABC) and holds a designation of Certified Home Inspector. We update our training annually, and through additional seminars and conferences, stay abreast of developments in home building, renovations and maintenance. In addition, we have extensive experience with home building and renovations.
Can I do it myself?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He or she understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail.
When do I call in the Home Inspector?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
What do you look at?
We inspect the major systems of the home. These include the roof, exterior, structure, electrical, heating, plumbing, insulation and interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical purchaser’s buying decision. We will add significantly to your knowledge of the home, but still cannot tell you everything about the home. All home inspections are entirely visual. No destructive testing is performed, the inspection and report will put you in a much better position to make your decision.
How long does an inspection take?
Our typical home inspection takes between 4-5 hours. Some older and/or larger homes can take longer. As a courtesy to the vendor, they should be informed of the time involved once the inspection is arranged.
How much does an inspection cost?
Our typical fee for a home inspection is around $450.00. However, some factors will affect the fee. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the sole deciding factor, unless of course the level of service offered is identical. We suspect the house you are buying is not the cheapest house, but rather a house that you fell represents good value. We urge you to choose your home inspector in the same way.
Can I follow along at the inspection?
If a company discourages you from attending the full inspection, don’t use them. We actually encourage you to attend. This is a valuable learning experience for most home buyers. It is the perfect opportunity to ask specific questions about the condition of the home. Also, when defects are identified, the inspector can discuss these so that you understand what repairs are required.
Do you do repairs or recommend contractors?
No. We specialize in home inspections. We consider it a conflict of interest for a home inspector to recommend or refer a contractor to perform repairs. We offer an unbiased opinion on the condition of the home. We accept no referral fees from anyone.
Can we ask you questions after the inspection?
Certainly. We would be glad to answer any questions you might have after the home inspection or even after you move in to your new home for as long as you own it.
Can a home fail inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
Do you provide a written report?
Yes. Our report is ready for you upon completion of the home inspection itself. No delay. We use a comprehensive report writing system with digital photos on disk.