FAQs about O’Brien Home Inspection Services
At O'Brien Home Inspections Inc. we do our best to answer all of your questions. Below you will find a list of what we believe are the most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that have not been answered below, do not hesistate to contact us.
A typical inspection should take 2.5 to 4 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer's decision to purchase.
Our typical fee for an inspection is $500.00, HST included. However, some factors will affect the fee, such as home type and size.
If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.
Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most homebuyers.
Some people prefer to not attend at all, and may review the report later with the inspector.
You don't have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a digital report. It's much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It's also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.
Absolutely! The home inspection is your opportunity to learn about the systems of the home and how they function. Feel free to ask questions or seek clarification as we tour the home.
You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2.5 to 4 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You won't have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.
You do receive a written report by e-mail. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the things we cover during a home inspection. The report includes all the details on all the major systems of the home. It is delivered within 48 hours after the inspection.
No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house at the time of the inspection, indicating potential repairs.
Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play. Your real estate professional can help you here.
A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It's a little like getting a check-up from your doctor. It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty. Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house; they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.
Mark's initial home inspection training was provided by Fanshawe College, and the courses were designed by Carson Dunlop.
As a member of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors, Mark is required to complete mandatory core educational requirements, practical training requirements, a peer review process, and perform a progressive number of paid inspections. Mark is also bound to adhere to the By-laws, Standards of Practice, and Code of Ethics of the Association. There is also an annual continuing education unit requirement to maintain OAHI membership.
We are ready to serve you quickly. Ideally, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you allow at least three days to arrange for a home inspection.