What is a building inspection?
A property inspection is a reasonable effort to disclose the property
conditions existing on the day of the inspection. An inspection is a
look at your home with an experienced eye in the following areas:
Doors & windows
Who is a building inspector?
Property inspectors are generalists with broad knowledge on many topics.
The property inspector gives an overview of the condition of the property
and reports major defects. A good inspector must be well-versed in residential
construction techniques and have good communication skills.
Are there any limitations?
A home inspection is a non-invasive visual inspection. Physical obstructions,
weather conditions, etc. can prevent a home inspector from observing
hidden conditions (e.g., a snow covered roof or concealed areas). An
inspector cannot make representations about what was inaccessible.
What if the report reveals problems?
The report is intended to identify conditions that may not be readily
apparent or visible to an untrained eye. The report may help you understand
future maintenance issues, negotiate price, or get repairs done before
listing or closing. The report is for information only; an inspector
does not have the authority to require repairs to be performed. The
choice is yours.
Which properties should be inspected?
Any property should be inspected regardless of age. New construction
as well as existing properties may have defects. The inspector also
uses his experience of inspecting older properties to anticipate future
problems in new construction.
Can a property “fail” an
An inspector does not “pass” or “fail” a property.
A professional inspection is simply an examination of the property’s
current condition. An inspector notes conditions and gives recommendations
on items in need of repair or replacement.
Is an inspection an insurance policy
or warranty against future repair?
No. A property inspector cannot predict every repair or maintenance
item that may be encountered while owning a property. Purchasing a property
brings risk, and an inspection cannot eliminate this risk. An inspection
does not constitute an insurance policy.
Do I need to be present at the building inspection?
It is not necessary for you to be present at the inspection. Being at
the inspection will help you learn about your new property. The inspector
can give you tips on maintenance and upkeep and answer questions and/or
concerns you may have.
Why do I need an inspection?
Buying a property is probably the largest single investment you will
ever make. A property inspection will let you know the condition of
the property before you buy so you may avoid unpleasant costly repairs
afterwards. After an inspection, you should have a clear understanding
about the property and feel confident about your purchase.
When do I call in a building inspector?
Buyer: After you have made an offer to purchase the property is a good
time to call in an inspector. Have your lawyer or realtor include an
“inspection clause” in the contract, making your purchase
contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.
Seller: Prior to listing is a good time to call an inspector to get
an unbiased assessment of the property. An inspection report can be
used as a list for repairs or as additional information for potential