How long does a home inspection take?
A typical Affirm Property Inspection should take 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 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, we recommend that they be informed of the time-frame in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
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 problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
How much does an inspection cost?
This is sometimes the first question asked but tells the least about the inspector. Fees are generally based according to size, age and various other components of the home A quality inspection backed by a company who's been in business a long time with a reputation for standing behind their work sometimes requires a higher investment but it's worth it. You'll avoid headaches later on down the line. 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.
What is included in the fee?
- Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional.
- Comprehensive written home inspection report.
- Technical support for as long as you own your home.
- Home Set-up and Maintenance Guide
- Home Owners Reference Library
- Home Owners Network
Can I follow along?
Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers. Check with your realtor for permission.
Do I have to take notes?
You don't have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a written report. It's much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It's also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
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. If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.
What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 3 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.
Can I bring my family?
A home inspection should not be considered an open house. We recommend that you not bring your family or friends; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector's comments - the fewer distractions, the better. Keep in mind the home belongs to someone else.
Do I get a written report? When?
You do receive a written report. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is delivered within 24 hours after 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. 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. Home warranty programs are available from others. We would be happy to help you contact a warranty company.
How long has your company been in business?
Since 2001. We are one of the oldest home inspection companies in the area.
What are your inspectors' qualifications?
Our inspectors are graduates of the required courses approved by the provincial government. All were hired for their excellent communication skills and their hands-on experience. Affirm Property Inspections (formally known as Home-Alyze) has conducted more than 7500 inspections since the company was founded. All of our inspectors have extensive backgrounds and experience in construction and inspections. Our inspectors also keep their skills current with continuing education programs both through the company and on their own.
Are you members of professional organizations?
Our inspectors are Alberta licensed and members of Alberta Professional Home Inspectors Society (APHIS), Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) and American Society of Inspectors (ASHI) .
How many daysí notice do I need to give you?
We recommend that you schedule at least three to seven in advance for your first choice of inspection times.
What are the conditions of a 200% Satisfaction Guarantee?
You the client must be personally present during the full inspection. If you are not satisfied at any time during or at the end of the inspection and prior to receiving the written report; write down what you are not satisfied with and why. Then sign it and your money will be refunded. That's the first 100%. Then in addition, simply book an inspection to the same property with another Alberta licensed home inspector of your choice and we will pay them up to our original inspection fee. That's the second 100%. This Guarantee is for the home inspection service rendered. All other services are not covered by this guarantee.