FOCUS HOME INSPECTION
Frequently Asked Questions
Commitment to Service
1Why should I choose Focus to do my inspection?
My experience and my communication skills. The average home inspector has 11 years of experience in the home construction and inspection industry. I have 32. I am a Licensed Home Inspector with Consumer Protection BC, Member of the Home Inspectors Association of BC, a Master Builder, Certified Renovating Professional, Certified Housing Professional, Master Carpenter and I am always in training. A discussion and subsequent report are of no use to you if you can’t understand them. My decades of experience in one on one discussions with clients in the Lower Mainland have taught me how to best communicate on a level that covers the issues at hand in terms that anyone can comprehend. A highly technical approach is required in every inspection, a highly technical explanation is not. I am happy to answer any question you may have about your home in the years that follow. I love helping people, so hang on to my number 😊.
2What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an unbiased, non-invasive visual examination of the physical condition of a property. It is often, but not always connected to a real-estate transaction. Many of my inspections are for people who want a report card of their existing home. 95% of all real estate home transactions involve an inspection.
3What is the process of a home inspection?
First, you need to make an appointment either by phone or email. A list of questions is available online, or I review it with you by phone. A quote is sent to you with a contract which you read and sign and send it to Focus Home Inspection along with payment for the inspection. I highly recommend you make the appointment as far from the day of your subject removal as possible, then notify your realtor and he or she will arrange with the other party for availability. On the day of the inspection, I will arrive at the property and begin the inspection. After the inspection is complete, I will meet with you and explain the items that require attention. A detailed and thorough inspection report will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the inspection. Reports can range in size from 40 to 100 pages.
4What does a home inspection include?
A home inspection includes an examination of the roof, attic and crawlspace (if they’re accessible), exterior, structure, electrical system, heating system, cooling system (if present), insulation, plumbing and interior. An inspector will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required. I will also bring general maintenance issues to your attention and make note of any fire and safety issues that need to be addressed.
5How long does a home inspection take?
A typical inspection should take of 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, whether there is an attic, crawlspace etc.
6How much does an inspection cost?
It can vary based on type of home and square footage. A condominium under 1500 square feet costs $410 before taxes. A detached house that is 6000 square feet is $1100. Not all inspections are of the same quality, they are subjective and based on the inspector’s cumulative experience and ability to communicate their findings in terms you can readily understand.
7What is the difference between a home inspector and an appraiser?
An appraiser assesses the value of a property, an Inspector assesses the condition of the house on the property, its systems and components.
8Do I need a home inspection for a new construction?
Yes. The quality of new builds can vary greatly from builder to builder. It is beneficial to provide your builder with a deficiency list before payment is made to ensure prompt correction. Municipal inspectors often overlook or miss deficiencies during their inspections. 2/5/10 warranties (new home warranties) offer recourse, but can prove much more difficult to have deficiencies addressed promptly if the builder has already been paid.
9Can I attend the inspection?
Yes. Being there for the home inspection provides a learning opportunity for many home purchasers. This also provides time to ask questions and discuss any defects that may be found. It’s important to understand necessary repairs and the processes involved. It is not required, as I discuss my major findings with you before I complete your report.
10Can I ask questions?
Absolutely. You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. If the comments or explanations you receive during the walk through are not clear, I’m happy to provide further explanation.
11Do home inspectors fail an inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is unbiased. I provide a list of deficiencies, but it is the buyers decision to proceed with the purchase based on my report and other information they deem important.
12Do you offer a warranty on the house?
A home inspection is a professional opinion. It is not exhaustive or invasive. My inspections follow the HIABC Scope of Inspection. It greatly improves your odds of identifying deficiencies 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.
13What is included in the fee?
A home inspection conducted by an experienced professional. A discussion with you at the conclusion of the on-site inspection. A digital home inspection report including photos, illustrations and links to more information. Deficiencies are discussed in terms of condition, implication, location, tasks required to correct and recommended timeframe in which to address the deficiency.
14Do I have to take notes?
You don’t have to take notes during the inspection. Everything will be documented in a written report. The discussion at the end of the inspection is also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything you are unsure of.
15What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably for the walk through and bring appropriate clothing for the weather. I have an umbrella in the truck if you need it. You won’t have to climb on the roof or go into the attic or crawlspace, so your clothes won’t get dirty.
16Do I get a written report? When?
Focus Home Inspection uses Horizon software from Carson Dunlop to create your digital report. This software provides concise information in a logical, easy to follow progression. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is emailed within 24 hours after the inspection.
17Do you carry out repairs or recommend contractors?
I specialise in home inspections and provide an unbiased opinion when presenting my reports. I do not recommend contractors as it would be a conflict of interest.
18How many days notice do I need to give you?
The more notice, the better, but I will do whatever I can to accommodate your timeframe.