What does a home inspection include?
An inspection is a thorough visual examination of most major components of the house, including the roof, foundation, exterior and interior finishes, plumbing, heating and electrical. An inspection usually requires two to three hours.
For both pre-purchase and pre-sale inspections I evaluate more than 2000 items. I visually inspect all accessible systems and components including:
- structure and foundation
- exterior finishes
- site drainage and gutter system
- electrical system
- plumbing system
- roof and attic space
- basement and/or crawlspace
- interior finishes
- porches and decks
I also inspect and operate:
- furnaces or boilers in heating season
- plumbing fixtures in kitchens and baths
- a representative sampling of lights and receptacles
- a representative sampling of windows and doors
In addition I can make recommendations about the most cost-effective way to address deficiencies, if any.
Should I attend the home inspection?
Definitely! When clients attend a pre-purchase inspection they benefit from my 30 years of knowledge and experience as I evaluate more than 2000 items and provide a running commentary of observations and recommendations. Clients better understand not just the problem areas, but also the positive features of the house they are considering buying.
Do you pass or fail a house?
No, I do not pass or fail houses. I provide a complete description of the current condition of the various components of the house – foundation, roof, etc. – to help you understand the house you are considering buying and allow you to make informed decisions.
No house is perfect and only you can decide if a house meets your needs and expectations.
How much does an inspection cost?
As of January 1st, 2021, the fee for the inspection, with the follow-up written report, is $650+GST for a single-family dwelling up to 3,500 sq. ft., in Yellowknife.
Quotes are available for larger homes and for out-of-town inspections.