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Listed below are the most frequently asked questions and answers regarding Home Inspections. If you have any other questions please feel free to call Mike at 905-525-6844 or email me at castleviewhi@gmail.com.

What is a Home Inspection?

Why do I need a Home Inspection?

What does a Home Inspection include?

How long will the Inspection take?

What should I do to prepare for the Home Inspection?

Do I need to be present for the Inspection?

When should I schedule my Inspection?

What if the Inspection is favorable, did I really need an Inspection?

Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?

Can I do the Inspection myself?

 

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. The emphasis is on identifying existing and potential problems that would affect a purchasers buying decision.

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Why do I need a Home Inspection?

A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a pre-listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer’s inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster, smoother, and more profitable sales.

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What does a Home Inspection include?

A professional home inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures. For a complete list of what is inspected please see our Standards of Practice.

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How long will the Inspection take?

The time will vary depending on the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 2 ½ to3 hours is pretty typical. For larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.

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What should I do to prepare for the Home Inspection?

You the buyer, or your Real Estate agent, must obtain permission for me to enter the premises in order to inspect the property. It’s helpful to notify the Sellers that all utilities must be on and all gas pilots lit prior to the inspection. I will be looking over all areas of the home and its mechanical systems. In order for me to complete the work properly, I must have access to all areas, including the attic, basement, garage, and all mechanical equipment. If I cannot gain access to certain components due to stored materials or some other reason, the home inspection cannot be completed. This will be reported as “not inspected” and may create surprises when you do finally gain access to these areas.

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Do I need to be present for the Inspection?

No, you aren’t required to be there for the inspection, but we highly recommend that you be present. It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance issues for specific areas. We feel you will be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.

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When should I schedule my Inspection?

When you find a home you would like to buy, be sure to add a Home Inspection as a condition in your Offer to purchase. Your agent will help you with this. When your offer is accepted, call Castleview and we will schedule your inspection promptly.

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What if the Inspection reveals problems?

Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. No house is perfect, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad house. It’s up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.

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What if the Inspection is favorable, did I really need an Inspection?

Absolutely! Now you can complete your purchase with peace of mind about the condition of the property and its equipment and systems. You have also learned a great deal about your property from the inspection report, and will have that information for your future reference. Above all, you can rest assured that you are making a well-informed purchase decision and that you will be able to enjoy your new home the way you deserve.

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Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?

No. The Code of Ethics of The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home. Please read our Code of Ethics.

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Can I do the Inspection myself?

Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don’t have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home, and how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail. Beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it’s impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.

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