At Broadview Home Inspection Services we do our best to answer all of your questions. Below you will find a list of what we believe are the most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that have not been answered below, do not hesistate to contact us.
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 so on. As a courtesy to sellers, I recommend that they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
I inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. The goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
The typical fee for an inspection is approximately $525.00 plus HST. However, some factors will affect the cost and I will be happy to discuss the fee with you. 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. Ask us about our multi inspection discounts.
- Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional.
- Comprehensive written home inspection report including pictures.
- Technical support for as long as you own your home.
You are welcome to take your own notes, if you wish. I take a lot of pictures during the inspection and I will give you a lot of information. Don't get overwhelmed and think you need to remember it all. I will document everything in my written report. It's much better to follow me through, listening to my comments to make sure you understand.
Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop me and ask questions as you go. If my comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.
While it is certainly important to involve family members or close friends in your decision, please keep in mind that we are in someone else's home. It is not appropriate to have a lot of people in the home. This is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on my comments - the fewer distractions, the better. Having said that, I encourage you to bring along one or two people who can help provide input.
My report will be emailed to you the same day (unless the inspection is done in the evening). The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details of all the major systems of the home. A printed copy is also available for an additional $25. I have the reports professionally printed and they are usually available within 24 hours of the inspection.
No. my 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.
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, I cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
Home warranty programs are available from others. I would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.
I am a graduate (with Distinction) of the Sault College Home Inspection Program (2010). I have completed almost 2,000 Home Inspections plus more than 3,000 hours of continuing education. I have excellent communication skills and hands-on experience. My knowledge and experience are reinforced by the inspections I perform. I keep my skills current with mandatory continuing education programs. I was an Instructor for the Home Inspection Course at Sault College from (2012 - 2016). I am a Certified Member, in good standing, of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, INTERNACHI. (www.nachi.org.)
In addition to running my Home Inspection business, I am Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore and Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore Foundation. I am a Past Lieutenant Governor, Division 2 Cambrian, with Kiwanis International. I have been an active Kiwanis member since 2013.
When the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, I recommend that you allow at least two days to arrange for a home inspection. However, I do realize that this is not always possible and I will do my best to accommodate you.