Frequently asked questions
What is a home inspection?
It is the visual examination of a home’s physical, structural and mechanical components. When planning to buy a house, a multiplex or a condo, it is very important to first have it inspected by a licensed building inspector before signing on the bottom line.
Why choose DOMINSPECT?
Dominspect Inc. has gained the trust and respect of many satisfied clients who have relied on us for the inspection of several of their properties and have referred to us their family, friends and acquaintances. I urge my client to join me in the inspection process, which is done meticulously without rushing. This way, you will have the opportunity to ask questions during and after the inspection. Indeed, I am available to answer your questions at any time. After the inspection, I will compile a detailed, computerized report with photos to be sent to you by email within 24 hours after the inspection. Beware of inspectors who quickly draft up a report onsite! This indicates how little the inspector reflected on the challenges the property presents and generally leads to errors that could cost you and other parties involved considerable sums of money to rectify. I truly believe that it is well worth taking the time to conduct the inspection process with accuracy and integrity to ensure your peace of mind.
Why should I have an inspection done?
There are several reasons to have a house, multiplex or condo inspected: The most common is when you plan to purchase a home, as this is the most important investment you will make in your life. The inspection will provide you with detailed information on the status of the property, both indoors and outdoors, as well as what repairs and maintenance work are required. It may even help to reveal hidden problems, maybe covered with paint, a suspended ceiling or a carpet. Water marks are usually a good sign of water infiltration, roofing or plumbing issues. The inspection report will provide you with a professional opinion of the condition of the foundation, structure, roof, and many other crucial elements of the property. It will eliminate the risk of unforeseen expenses. The report will also show the good sides of the property, guide you as to what work needs to be done to maintain the real estate in good shape. The inspection is an essential tool to guide you in your decision to buy or not to buy.
Another reason is to have your own property inspected to ascertain that all the systems are installed and working properly, that they are energy efficient and that there is no health, electrical, flood or fire hazard. The report will again provide you with guidance as to appropriate repair, replacement or maintenance work.
Finally, if you are planning to sell your home, condo or multiplex, it is strongly recommended to have an inspection done to identify any discrepancies and to correct them before putting the property on the market or on the Web.
When is the best time to schedule the building inspection?
Ideally, you want to contact the building inspector after you have made an offer on the house you are planning on buying but definitely before signing the purchase agreement. Otherwise, it would be advisable to have your real estate agent include an inspection clause in the purchase agreement to ensure that your purchase obligation is contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. If you plan to sell your home, you should contact a home inspector first to identify any issues which may lead to lower offers on your house!
Is it possible for a house to fail the inspection?
No. As a professional inspection consists simply in examining the status of the property, it does not serve as an appraisal. It is legally prohibited for a building inspector to pass or fail a building as the inspector’s mandate is to simply describe the home’s condition and indicate which components need immediate or future repair or replacement.
What happens if the report reveals problems?
If the report reveals faults in the property, it does not mean that this property should not be purchased. This will only make you aware in advance of the repairs required to enable you to calculate related costs. Based on this information, the seller may renegotiate the purchase price depending on the extent of the problems uncovered during the inspection. However, if the costs are such that you may not have the budget to have the necessary work done, you may want to look at other properties. At least, the inspection allows you to make an informed decision.
What will the inspection cost?
With more than 18 years of experience in the construction industry and many property inspections completed to date, I have acquired extensive and diversified expertise in all the critical aspects of a real estate, be it a house, multiplex or condo. Fees are set based on the extent of the inspection, the size of the property and its specific features, such as age, other structures, etc. Keep in mind that an inspection may enable you to renegotiate the purchase price! Therefore, the inspection may end up paying for itself. Don’t hesitate to call us for more information. I’ll be pleased to provide you with additional information and to send you a quote by email.
What does a building inspection include?
The inspection includes a visual examination of the building from foundation to roof, including all the systems: foundation, basement, visible structure, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical systems, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, visible insulation, roof, garage, as well as attached or detached structures.
If the structure is in good condition, why do I need a home inspection?
That’s precisely the point. The inspection will confirm the good state of the property and give you the peace of mind you need to proceed with an offer. The inspection also informs you on the various aspects and features of your home, which you’ll keep handy for future reference.
What does an inspection report look like?
The detailed and complete inspection report is broken down into sections covering all major structural and mechanical components of the building as per the Quebec Association of Building Inspectors (QABI) Standard of Practice. The report is professionally produced and sent by email within 24 hours after the home inspection, or for a nominal charge may be printed and sent by mail to you, the client, or to your designated representative.
When will I receive the inspection report?
After the inspection, I will compile a detailed, computerized report with photos to be sent to you by email within 24 hours. Beware of inspectors who quickly draft up a report onsite! This indicates how little the inspector reflected on the challenges the property presents and generally leads to errors that could cost you and other parties involved considerable sums of money to rectify. I truly believe that it is well worth taking the time to conduct the inspection process with accuracy and integrity to ensure your peace of mind.
Can I bring my handyman father to the inspection?
Ideally, it is better to limit the participants to the client and his or her significant other during the inspection. Your presence is essential as it usually proves to be an invaluable learning process. However, you may invite family members or friends to tag along and these guests may ask questions about the home itself, but may not interfere with the inspection process.
How far in advance should I schedule the inspection?
The inspection should be scheduled as soon as you plan to make an offer on a property. Available seven days a week, I schedule the inspections according to your needs. Obviously, as clients like to be present during the inspection, which is what we recommend, the weekend appointments fill up fast. So, don’t delay… call to schedule your appointment. The most important factor is that I have adequate daylight to inspect the exterior of the property. However, in special circumstances, I will accommodate your requirements, be it for a morning, noon or evening appointment!