How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems and the number of questions a client may have. We typically book 3 hours for the inspection and take the time needed to properly assess the home and answer any questions that may arise.
What do you look at?
We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major defects that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
How much does an inspection cost?
Our fees vary depending on the property. Generally you should expect to pay $400 - $500 depending on the size and type of property. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price. Our fees are very competitive with inspectors having similar experience and expertise. Why Choose Us?
What is included in the fee?
- Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced Registered Home Inspector (RHI).
- Comprehensive inspection report in PDF format, including applicable photos and external links with additional information.
- Over 400 pages of home reference material available at your disposal should you wish to better understand the home's systems or maintenance requirements.
- Technical support for as long as you own your home.
Can I follow along?
Definitely. In fact, we encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for homebuyers and an excellent opportunity to explore the home in detail.
Do I have to take notes?
No. We will document our findings in your report. It's much better to follow the inspector, listen to his comments, ask questions and really get a feel for your potential future home.
Can I ask questions?
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. We are here to serve you. Not to worry though if you dont think of that question until later. We have been inpecting in the Ottawa Region for over 10 years and return all calls from past and future clients as promptly as we can.
Can I bring my family?
While you may want to bring someone to lend support or assist you in your final decision, we recommend that you not bring your entire family to the inspection. This is a comprehensive evaluation and you should focus on the inspector's comments. Having your family in attendance can often distract you from the real purpose of the visit.
Do I get a written report? When?
You do receive a professional PDF format report. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all of the major systems of the home. It is usually delivered within 24 hours of the inspection and often, on the same day as the inspection.
If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?
No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.
Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: it improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house; they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
How long has your company been in business?
We've been in business since 2001 We are experienced and know how to combine the required technical expertise with straightforward, easy to understand language.
How many inspectors do you have?
We currently have 1 full-time professional available to perform inspections. The cornerstone of our business model is service and experience.
What are your inspectors' qualifications?
Our inspector, Sean Shea, is a graduate of the Carson Dunlop Home Inspection Training Program. Combine this with his inspection experience, annual skill upgrades and a keen interest in new materials and techniques and you have a formidable inspector working in your favour. Precision Home Inspections Inc. has conducted more than 4000 inspections since the company was founded in 2001.
Are you associated with any professional organizations ?
Sean Shea is a Registered Home Inspector (RHI) and member of The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors and Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors.
How many days notice do I need to give you?
When the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you allow at least three to five days to arrange for a home inspection. Time requirements will vary depending on season. We are a busy firm, for good reason, and planning ahead will allow us to better serve you.
If you have any questions that we have not answered, or you require more detail and clarification, do not hesitate to contact us. Contact Us