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When do I call in the home inspector?

What is included in the home inspection?

Declaration by the seller of the immovable?

How long will the inspection take?

Do I have to be there?

When will I receive my report?

When is the fee due?

Why is your fee higher that some others?

 

When do I call in the home inspector?


A home inspector is typically contacted right after the offer to purchase has been accepted as the inspection usually must be preformed within a specified time limit. For the sale of the house to be conditional on an inspection it must be included in the offer to purchase. Because time limits are imposed for the inspection to take place I would suggest negotiating for the longest period possible. By researching and choosing a home inspector before you make the offer to purchase you will save time and avoid stress once the offer has been accepted. To ensure that the home inspector is working for your interests alone I would suggest avoiding using an inspector recommended by the seller or an agent. It is highly recommended to use an inspector who is a member of the AIBQ  who is obligated to follow a the code of ethics and The Standards of Practice.

 

 

What is included in the home inspection?


For a complete description of what is inspected and included in the written report please refer to the AIBQ Standards of Practice.

Most inspectors do not inspect private waste disposal systems because  these systems are hidden and there is no definitive method for testing them.  I would suggest that the offer to purchase include an inspection of the waste disposal system by a specialist and that the sale be contingent on this inspection.

Private water supplies are also not included in the inspection. I would suggest that the offer to purchase include a test of the potable water by a specialist and that the sale be contingent on this satisfactory result.

Swimming pools are excluded and should be verified by a pool specialist.

 

 

Declaration by the seller of the immovable?

 

An important part of the home inspection process is the "Declaration by the seller of the immovable" which is a required form used by OACIQ, the association des courtiers et agents immobiliers du Québec. The declaration form is intended as a tool to learn something of the history of the building. A two to three hour inspection may not reveal some conditions that may only become apparent after living in the home for several months. It is strongly recommended that you obtain this document, filled out and signed, before the end of the inspection period stated in your offer to purchase. The home inspection process is not complete until the "Declaration by the seller of the immovable" has been received.

A specimen of this form can be viewed at

https://secure.oaciq.com/sites/default/files/formulaire/fichiers/form-ds-v16-20130206-fili-ni.pdf

When will I receive my report?


The report will be prepared within the time limit stated in the Inspection Service Agreement which is normally two days and will be available online for download at HomeGauge Report.
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How long will the inspection take?


The inspection on average takes 2½ to 3½  hours to complete. Please ensure that the agents and sellers are aware of this as we do not want to be rushed,  there would be added fees for returning to complete the inspection at another time. 

 

Do I have to be there?


Except for exceptional circumstances you should plan to attend the onsite inspection. While the written report is detailed, it cannot replace the hands on experience. The onsite visit is an excellent opportunity  to as questions about any building components you do not understand.

When is the fee due?

The fee is due at the end of the inspection by either cash, check, Master Card or Visa.      

 

Why is my fee higher that some others?

 

My fee may be higher than some other inspectors because I want to ensure that my customers receive the best service possible and are satisfied.  You will not be rushed at the inspection which normally takes between 2.5 and 3.5 hours and I will try to answer all your questions. The written report is not a check list but a detailed comprehensive narrative style report with photos and is very complete. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

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