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How do I schedule an inspection with Shelter West Home Inspections?

  • Clients can contact me directly by phone at: 604-240-2356
  • By emailing me at shelterwestinspections@gmail.com
  • Booking online

How do I pay for the home inspection?

I accept most major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard) on site at the inspection. Other acceptable payment methods are cash, certified cheques, money orders, e-transfers, and bank drafts.

How and when will I receive my inspection report?

I will verbally communicate findings to you onsite on the day of the inspection. Your report will be emailed to you within 24 hours following the home inspection. If you do not have email, a hard copy may be requested, however additional fees will be applied.

Why don’t you provide on-site reports?

I don’t produce generic check-box reports, or “boiler plate” reports. Instead, I take the time to write out the report in plain and easy to understand language. I personally design the reports based on the unique conditions found in Vancouver and the lower mainland. After you read one of my inspection reports, you will realize why I don’t produce the reports on site.

What does a home inspection include?

A standard home inspection summarizes findings found from a visual non-invasive examination of the condition of the systems in the home. Included in the inspection are; heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, attic, the visible insulation, visible vapor barriers, the mechanical/natural ventilation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, foundation, basement/crawlspace, and the visible exterior structures of the home.

How long will it take?

I don’t like to provide min – max time estimates, as every home is different. If there is a crawl space and an attic, it will probably take at minimum four hours, condos and town homes may take less time. Until I am on scene I won’t know the extent of what needs to be inspected. I will not/ do not rush my inspections. It’s not advisable to hire an inspector who claims they can inspect your house in two hours. They are likely to be “drive by” inspections, and are not worth the money.

Why do I need a home inspection?

A home inspection points out the safety issues, major capital expenditures, systems at the end of their life expectancy and the maintenance needed to maintain and protect the home. As a client you deserve an unbiased, comprehensive home inspection to increase your knowledge of the property in order to make informed decisions. After an inspection, you will have a clearer understanding of the value and needs of the property in question.

How do I find a home inspector?

You already found one! Also word of mouth from friends, family, or your neighbours can be one of the best ways to find a home inspector. Someone who has used a trusted home inspection service will likely recommend a high quality inspector. If you are comfortable with your agent, by all means listen to their advice. Shelter West Home Inspections diligently works and advocates for only my clients, no one else.

When do I call in the home inspector?

Before you sign the contract or purchase agreement, make your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. Contact a home inspector immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. It’s important to schedule enough time to conduct the inspection, and for additional specialists if needed.

What will an inspection cost?

Inspection fees for a typical single family home vary by location, size, and types of the property. Find my fees here. Additional fees may be warranted if the home has other features such as basement suites, multiple kitchens, etc. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the time and expense. The inspector’s qualifications, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration in your selection.

My house was built in the last 1-5 years. Why do I need an inspection?

Human error and poor installation practices with some new construction unfortunately still exist. So newer homes can be great candidates for an inspection. Because finding any problems earlier can make correction less costly in the long run. Also sometimes the builder may have to correct the errors at their expense. As well, it can be worthwhile to arrange for an inspection before the end of the builder’s warranty. Many issues may not surface immediately in a new home, and can take some time before they become evident.

Can’t I do it myself?

Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. I am familiar with many disciplines of home construction. As well as their correct installation and typical maintenance. I understand how the home’s systems and components function together. As well as how and why they fail. So, I am able to produce an unbiased and informed report of the condition of the property. Hence having an unbiased home inspection is in your best interests.

Is my home inspection based on a pass/fail system?

Absolutely not. A home inspection is an examination of the current observable condition of a home. Sometimes a home inspection is incorrectly mistaken as an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies compliance to local building codes. I do not pass or fail a house.

Will the inspector provide cost estimates?

No, home inspectors are meant to be generalists and should not determine the cost of replacement or repair. It is recommended that you always review at least three cost estimates from qualified trades and contractors before starting any repair/replacement work in your home.

Do I have to be there?

While it is not necessary for you to be present, I always recommend that you make some time to join me onsite for a walk through. After you have seen the property with me, you will find the oral and written report easier to understand.

Should the seller be there?

Neither you nor I, have the authority to keep someone out of their own house for four plus hours. Yet, you will have a better inspection if the seller is not present. Also many owners have a lot of emotions tied up in their house, and do not enjoy having someone there to expose its flaws. A lot of sellers will take it personally when I find flaws in their home. Thus a seller may justify why something is a certain way, which can sidetrack the inspection.

What if the report reveals problems?

It most always will. A house is never completely perfect. When I identify issues, it does not imply that you should not buy the house or occupy a house. The inspection findings serve to educate you in advance of the condition of the property. Also a seller may renegotiate the price or contract terms if I find major problems in an inspection. The knowledge provided by a qualified inspector costs just a fraction of a percent of the sale price. In conclusion this may be the least expensive education you can buy.

 

This concludes the FAQ section.