Frequently asked questions about building inspections
1. What is the cost of a building inspection?
The price varies according to the type of building, the year of construction and its location. The after-sales service is included for each building inspection entrusted to our team. Submissions are free and without obligation, consult us.
2. How does a pre-purchase building inspection take place?
In general, a building inspection lasts 2 to 3 hours. After introducing himself to the vendor and other stakeholders, the building inspector observes the ground and drainage conditions around the building. He carefully scrutinizes the foundation and checks the condition of the exterior components (cladding / fenestration / perron / gallery, etc.). When conditions permit, the building inspector climbs onto the roof to complete the building inspection of the exterior components. Inside, the building inspector places a lot of importance on the building inspection of the basement components (foundation / insulation / structure / mechanics) and ensures that no problem of water infiltration, humidity excessive or apparent mold is present. Subsequently, each piece of the building is checked and the building inspection ends with observation of the attic components.
3. What I do during the building inspection, is it that I can ask questions to the building inspector?
It is strongly recommended to follow the building inspector throughout the building inspection who will be happy to comment on the nature and condition of the components. He will answer all your questions and if you plan to make important changes to the building, it's a good time to tell him, because he can enlighten you on the feasibility or complexity of the project.
4 Is it mandatory to have a building inspection?
It is not mandatory to inspect, however it is strongly recommended. When you have a building inspection done, you make sure of the current state of the building and avoid unpleasant surprises. You also benefit from the experience of a building inspector who will give you tips on the maintenance of your future property. In addition, you have a legal document that shows the condition of the building when you buy it. This document could be useful in case of dispute.
5. How and when will I receive my home inspection report?
The building inspector will inform you verbally of the anomalies found on site on the day of the house inspection. Your report will be emailed within 48 hours of the home inspection. You can request a paper copy of the home inspection report at no additional cost.
6. Will the building inspector provide me with cost estimates for the problems encountered?
The cost estimates provided in the building inspection report are for illustrative purposes only. They are based on the most cost-effective solution to solve the problems encountered and do not understand the feasible improvements. The building inspector will not be able to determine the cost of replacement or repairs. It is always recommended to obtain at least three quotes (estimates) from qualified contractors before finalizing the budgets for the works.
7. Should all building inspectors be recognized professional engineers?
No. Choosing a professional engineer to inspect your home is a personal choice. It is important to note that it is not mandatory to be recognized as an engineer to become a building inspector.