Raymond Wand and Associates

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Inspections
 

WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
Our home inspections are a competent and thorough evaluation of the condition of the structure, systems and components of a home. Life expectancy, materials used, construction quality, and deferred maintenance are some of the considerations of the inspection. 

This enables buyers and sellers in obtaining timely information essential for evaluating the condition of the property. This is our only business. 

Once you have decided upon a house you like, evaluate it carefully. Remember that you must live in it, as well as with your choice. Your purchase is a large investment. Information affecting the value, desirability, and condition of the property is your right. 

WHEN SHOULD I HAVE THE HOUSE INSPECTED?
Consider making your agreement to purchase contingent upon a professional inspection to be conducted within 5 working days. Contracts may be voidable or renegotiable upon discovery of major unforeseen problems. 

Real Estate agents are quite familiar with the procedures involved when a home inspector is required. Typically, a standard conditional clause is included in the Agreement of Purchase. What this means to you is that the purchase of the home is contingent upon the findings of a home inspection. 

WHAT IS COVERED IN A HOME INSPECTION? 
An inspection includes the examination of all aspects of the roof, exterior, structure, electrical, heating, cooling/heat pumps, visible insulation, plumbing, and interior. 

We will provide you with a written onsite report. You'll know the facts concerning the physical condition of the property you are buying or selling. Information about the materials and building techniques along with helpful maintenance tips, will be documented in your easy to understand report. We're also available after the inspection for free telephone consultations. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE REPORT REVEALS CONCERNS? 
Almost every report reveals some minor repair and maintenance concerns, even if the property has been well maintained, but these flaws should not normally affect your purchase decision. If however major defects are revealed, you may decide to renegotiable your offer. It is possible that you may decide that the nature of the work required is beyond your means or ability and that the house is not for you. The choice is yours. 

However, if you are aware that any problems or defects are not necessarily something "terribly wrong" and look at them simply from "how much will it cost to have it work properly", then you will have a better, more objective understanding of the true nature of the situation. 

Frequently, apparent shortcomings in homes are "part and parcel" of an area or item which you would like to change or renovate, and unless an item is of immediate concern to your comfort or safety, correction is therefore a redundant point. 

DO I HAVE TO BE THERE? 
We strongly encourage you to attend the inspection. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the technical features of the house and to discuss any concerns, findings, or plans for change. Our observations are explained to you simply, clearly, and completely. 

On the spot reporting. The systematic reports are created on-site and delivered at the end of the inspection. 

HOW LONG DOES THE INSPECTION TAKE? 
A professional inspection usually takes 2 to 3 hours. We're available seven days a week and often provide same day service. 

You can complete your home purchase with peace of mind, knowing the condition of the structure and all its systems and equipment. 

DO QUALIFIED HOME INSPECTORS BELONG TO ANY PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS? 
At Raymond Wand and Associates we are Registered Home Inspectors (RHI No. 0029) with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors and The Canadian Association of Home Inspectors. 

All our home inspections are performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics of the OAHI, CAHI. 

We have been conducting Home Inspections continuously since 1991 and provide unbiased, objective reporting. 

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