FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Question - What is a "home inspection"?
A home inspection is a non invasive, non destructive, visual examination of the major components and different systems of a home from the foundation to the roof. It's a bit like going to the doctor and having a physical, we consider ourselves general practitioners and if problems are found or likely to occur, the inspector may recommend further evaluation by a qualified professional.
Question - How long will the inspection take?
A 2500 square foot house usually takes between 2 & 3 hours depending on the age and condition or roughly 1hour per 1000 square feet. The report is generated on site at the conclusion of the inspection, and/or no later than 24 hours later.
Question - Should we follow along during the inspection?
Esquire Home Inspections encourages the client to be present during the home inspection to receive the best benefit. Any questions or concerns can be addressed and reviewed at the time of the inspection. However, it is important to note that we do not offer a "pass or fail" or "should we by this property?" and the inspector will not provide estimates for repairs.
Question - If the house appears to be in good condition, do I really need a home inspection.
For sure. Even brand new houses and the best of houses are rarely perfect. You can benefit from another set of eyes to reveal deficiencies that may exist and test all the equipment and different systems. The inspector will review the report with you and provide with all the findings in writing.
Question - How long have you been in business and what are the inspectors qualifications?
Home inspectors come and go like any business you will be better suited with an inspection company with a good track record. The industry is essentially regulated but there are three different associations. HIABC is (Home Inspectors Association BC) and has the highest standards of the three which Esquire Home Inspections is a member of in good standing. Other qualifications are plumbing and gas fitting licenses and a long history in construction, including inspecting for a mechanical engineering consultant for six years.
Question - Do you do the repairs or I get asked frequently if I can recommend contractors?
No, Esquire Home Inspections specializes in home inspections and can consult on plumbing and gas fitting concerns or questions. I would considerate it a conflict of interest to offer my services or refer a contractor to perform repairs.
Selling Your Home?
Ever thought of Pre-Inspecting (or Pre-Selling Inspection) for your home to maximize selling price and reduce negotiations at closing? Historically home inspections have been for the benefit of the purchaser. Pre-Inspected listings is the future of real estate transactions and benefit all parties - owners, purchasers and realtors. Most home owners understand the benefits of getting a home inspection prior to subject removal before purchasing a home. But as a condition of the offer, home inspections can sometimes "kill deals" as a result of last minute negotiations taken from the home inspection report. This is not the home inspectors fault but rather a result of the inspection being done at the last minute, revealing the pre existing conditions that could have been dealt with a Pre-Selling Inspection or Pre-Listing Inspection.
There are a variety of factors that may come into play. Possibly the buyer gets cold feet, or a bigger problem that no one knew about and was brought about at the time of inspection. In busier markets there is not enough time to get inspection items further evaluated by a expert to determine the extent of the home inspectors findings. If the home inspection is performed prior to the home being listed, all parties will be aware of the issues before an offer is drawn up not after. There will be no surprises after the fact and the deal is less likely to fall through, avoiding renegotiations once the home inspection is completed and reviewed.
As most people know, renegotiating a home purchase is very difficult. Vendors may have the mindset of already selling the house and purchasers can be let down from the whole process. A vendor who pays for a Pre-Offer Inspection will be further ahead and may in fact sell faster than one that has to renegotiate (because of a subject). A Pre-Selling Inspection can improve the sale of your home and are gaining popularity for several reasons. An inspection prior to an offer can also help a realtor deal with a vendor who has unrealistic expectations. A Pre-Inspected listing allows the owner to make repairs prior to putting the house on the market.