Quality Home Inspections

Currently, I offer five different types of Inspection services for my clients, which are slightly different.

1) Pre-Sale Home Inspections: An overall visual inspection of the major systems of a home. It is designed to help the new home buyer understand any safety issues or expensive home repair costs.

2) Homeowner Maintenance Inspections: A proactive home inspection for people who are possibly considering selling or just want to have a better understanding of the condition of their home. People also book these inspections when they purchased a property, yet did not have an initial inspection on the property. These inspections can also be done for rental or investment properties to ensure that they are well kept.

Just like a regular inspection, you’ll have the information available to you so that you can budget for items that you need to fix or maintain.

3) Pre-Listing Inspections: For people selling their houses, wouldn’t it be great to know in advance the real condition of your home, before you put it on the market? In this case a Pre-Listing inspection is the way to go. Listed below are 10 benefits to a Pre-Listing Inspection…

  1. You’ll have the opportunity to accompany the inspector during the inspection. This is just not an option when you sell your home.
  2. You will be the first to know about any potential issues with the home.  This provides you with the opportunity to make appropriate corrections, before the home goes on the market.
  3. Copies of the inspection report, along with receipts for repairs can be made available to potential buyers, should you wish to do so. You can tell the world that the home is not only functional and safe, but now you can prove it!
  4. The Pre-listing inspection can eliminate your stress load because you know your home will be as close a possible to “move in ready” for the buyer.
  5. When the buyer’s inspector comes along, the main issues can already be corrected, which eliminates any last minute surprises. The new buyer will have greater confidence to move forward with the purchase.
  6. You have a better chance of getting the price you want because there are fewer issues of consequence, which would typically affect the price.
  7. Your home will sell faster and you can look forward to forging ahead with your own plans.
  8. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your home is one step closer to selling.
  9. You can stand out from the other sellers. Instead of writing “price reduced” you can be the only one on the block showcasing a sign that says “Pre Inspected by Seller”.
  10. Best of all, you now have more control over the sale of your home. Now you can be exited because the home is prime for selling.

4) Townhouse Inspections: As with Condo inspections, it is important for you to talk to the Strata council and obtain all the minutes prior to your purchase of a townhouse. You should be looking to see if there have been any significant repairs completed on your unit and or repairs planned.

5) Mold Inspections: If you suspect the presence of mold, due to strange allergy symptoms or smell a musty mildew odor, there is a strong possibility of mold contamination within your home. As a certified Mold Inspector, I have been trained to locate Mold and associated sources within your home. Along with Marni, my certified mold sniffing dog, we will work together to find the mold. I can also take samples if needed and will provide tips, a report and advice for removing the mold within your home.

All Pre-Sale, Maintenance, Pre-listing and Townhouse Inspections include the following systems and components:

  1. Grounds Inspection
  2. Roof Inspection
  3. Structural Component Inspection
  4. Insulation and Ventilation Inspection
  5. Exterior Inspection
  6. Electrical Inspection
  7. Plumbing Inspection
  8. HVAC Inspection
  9. Interior Inspection
  10. Garage & Carports

5) Condo Inspections: It is important to have an inspection performed on a condo or apartment, as there have been issues with leaky condos in Vancouver and lower mainland, primarily in buildings constructed from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Look out for patchy areas especially on stucco buildings with few flashings and no overhangs.

The condo inspection is slightly different from a detached home inspection. Essentially, the common areas of a building will be viewed from an overall perspective, affecting all of the building inhabitants.

The common areas include:

  • The overall exterior
  • The overall condition of the Roof
  • Walkways & Patios
  • Landscaping
  • Common garage
  • Utility and boiler room

The sale unit will be viewed independently, much like the interior home inspection. The buyer will solely be responsible for all changes within the unit.

Be sure to read the minutes or any engineering reports prior to your purchase. Your preference should be on buildings that have been rain screened, or built after the year 2000, with large over hangs. Ask the strata about warranties and if there have been any costly repairs planned to budget for.

Curious about my inspections?  Take a look at this blog post, Sean in action.

For any questions, just call me at 604-729-4261 and I’ll be happy to help you out.