Richmond Home Inspector – Questions and Answers

“I was called by a new client recently who had been searching for a Richmond home inspector and he managed to stumble across my website.  We had a discussion about what is included and not included for the price. I gave him the details on what a home inspection is and and some of the more common areas that home inspectors pick up on during their inspections. I also let him know that, although there are several common deficiencies that come up more often than not, we as home inspectors cannot assume anything. I don’t look to pin point common problems, I’d rather treat the home like a clean slate. This way I inspect with an open mind, to see what is really going on instead of what I think may be happening. Assumptive behavior is what can make a home inspector complacent, so I avoid it at all cost.

Back to my client… He asked me several questions because he was a nervous first time home buyer. He, like many others didn’t want to invest in a home that was going to cost him a lot more to fix up, etc. I let him know that there are no perfect homes out there, even brand new homes need to be inspected, just for peace of mind. I assured him that I would explain the problems to him and whether they would be expensive or safety related. For some areas I will give a ballpark range, but not a specific cost; there are variables with repairs that I cannot know.

I make sure that my clients have a clear understanding of the different areas of concern and how to handle them. They end up with the necessary information about the condition of the home so they can decide what direction they want to take.

As a side note, some people ask me if they should buy the home. I don’t think that it is fair to “pass” or “fail” a home. In the past, going back less than ten years, I have heard that is was common for a  Richmond home inspector, or Vancouver, for example to grade a home in this way. Some of the beautiful checklist binder style reports actually have boxes in the summary section that says… Below Average, Typical or Above Average.  Call me picky, but I don’t think one can categorize homes in such a vague way. I believe that all homes are unique and should be viewed at as such. To me it’s like asking if my wife is below average, typical or above average. This type of thinking is not appropriate, as far as I am concerned.

Back to my client, again… He asked me if he will get the report right after the inspection or later on. I told him that I will send him the report via email a few hours after, and that it takes time to prepare a customized report with photographs and narrative detail. Subsequently, I make sure that the home inspection report will be more than a report. It will be a working, educational reference guide, and this type value and attention to detail cannot be produced on the spot.

He asked me when he should show up. I told him that it is best if he joins me throughout the home inspection. He will get much more out of the experience, from an educational standpoint. In addition, I told him that it will be much easier to reference the findings in the report later on. This made good sense to him.

As our conversation came to a close, he was happy that I took the time to answer all of his questions and was looking out for his best interests. This is the type of service you can expect from me as well, before during and after the home inspection. 🙂

So at the end of the day, if you’re looking for a Richmond home inspector or home inspector in Vancouver or anywhere in the Lower mainland, feel free to give me a call at 604-729-4261 and I’ll take care of you too.