Here are some quick additional questions to ask your Home Inspector.
How experienced are you?
Ask your inspector how long they've been working in the field and many inspections have they completed. Also ask for customer referrals. New Inspectors may be highly qualified, but they should describe their training and indicate whether they work with a more experienced partner.
How do you keep your expertise up to date?
Inspectors' commitment to continuing training is a good measure of their professionalism and service. Advanced knowledge is especially important with older homes.
Do you focus on residential inspections?
Home Inspection is very different from inspecting commercial buildings or a construction site. Ask whether the inspector has experience with your type of property or features specifically. If they recommend further evaluations from other outside contractors on multiple issues, it may indicate they're not comfortable.
How long will the inspection take?
On average an inspection should take 2 to 3 hours so anything less should be a warning sign.
Cost range from $300 to $400 but can vary dramatically depending on your region, size of the house and age of the home. Like always be wary of deals that are too good to be true.
Will I be able to attend the inspection?
Some inspectors, for efficiency, will have you come at the end to review the house and the inspection items.
Will your report meet all Provincial requirements?
Make sure if your Home Inspector is part of a professional association, and that the organization complies with a well recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. An example would be those codes adopted by the National Association of Home Inspectors.
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