After a recent segment on Anderson Cooper aired about the relationship between home inspectors and Realtors, I thought it would be good to address this misconception. On the program, Anderson had on "Shark Tank's" Barbara Corcoran who insinuated that home inspectors were "bought" by Realtors to give the home buyer a good report. I was appalled by this segment and the generalization that all Realtors were this crooked. This is THE lowest form of Realtors and Inspectors. As a Realtor (as well as Home Inspectors), we have to abide by a set of rules and to do as she states, we would lose our license. Buyers are not naive and eventually will go with their own instincts and make their own decisions.
Here are some FAQ's from some local home inspection sites to answer some queries you may have:
Q: What is involved in a home inspection?
Your inspector will perform a thorough visual inspection of the major systems and components of the home including the structure, roof, interior/exterior surfaces, and the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical system. Also, an examination of the lot grading and any evidence for the likelihood of basement dampness. Insulation and ventilation will also be evaluated. An inspector will show you and explain to you the various parts of the home and point out areas of concerns and offer suggestions of improvement.
Q:We're buying a new home. Do we need an inspection?
In the last decade residential homes have been built in record numbers and quality has suffered as a result. The speed which homes have been built in combination with shortage of skill workers has negatively affected quality and workmanship. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend a home inspection regardless of the year in which the home was constructed.
Q:How much does an inspection cost?
We are competitively priced and will tailor the inspection to meet your needs. Prices start at $250.00
Q. How long does it take for a home inspection?
A typical inspection should take 2.5 to 3.5 hours. This can vary given the current condition of the home, size, accessibility of mechanical system and so on.
Q: Can I follow the inspector and ask questions?
Absolutely! By attending the inspection you are able to see firsthand the conditions that will be describe in the report. It also allows the inspector to show you how to perform basic maintenance on your furnace, water heather, etc. We strongly encourage you to attend and ask any and all questions and in return I will take the time to explain things for you to feel more comfortable with your decision to purchase a home.
Q: Does Fortunate Home Inspections have insurance?
Fortunate Home Inspections customers can rest at ease knowing we're fully insured with Errors and Omissions/General Liability Insurance. Policy is available on request.
Q: How can we 100% Guarantee our inspection?
The owner of Fortunate Home Inspection Ltd is fully responsible to performing the home inspections. Customer Satisfaction is our #1 priority. If you are not completely satisfied with the inspection, you don't pay.
Q: When do I receive my Report?
Your detailed, full narrative report is tailored specifically for your home and is produced in combination with site notes, photographs and office research. The report creation process is never rushed and we do not publish the report until we are completely satisfied with its quality. Your professional, computerized report with full description of all defects including pictures of all major concerns will be e-mailed to you the day after the inspection. We also provide services that if you're unable to attend the inspection that we meet you at your convenience to go over the report in person.
Q: Do you provide additional Help to First-Time buyers?
I'm always happy to spend whatever extra time is needed professionally with my clients in order to better suit their needs. It is important that you feel comfortable with your decision. In the end, we are committed to giving you peace of mind that your home has been inspected by a certified home inspector.
Q: After all is said and done, then what?
Our relationship doesn't end with the report. We provide free lifetime technical support if ever you have any questions regarding your home improvement/repair. We're just a phone call away.
Q: How much is the house worth?
Home inspectors are not qualified to comment on the value of the house. For house values consult with a Professional Home Appraiser .
Q: Do you make repairs.?
Home inspectors are not permited to perform any repairs to the house.
Q: Can you refer someone to make repairs?
No, home inspectors generally do not refer contractors.
Q: I would like to renovate when I move in. Can I remove this wall?
Home Inspection is not an engineering evaluation. For structural modifications consult with a Structural Engineer.
Q: How much are the repairs going to cost.?
Under Alberta Government Regulations home inspectors are not allowed to give cost estimates of repair. A minimum of 3 quotes should be acquired from reputable contractors.
Q: Will the inspector perform inspections at night?
No, home inspectors will not perform inspections in the dark. Natural light is imperative to see defects.
Sources: http://www.albertapropertyinspection.com/, http://www.fortunatehomeinspections.com/faq.asp