Home Inspections – 5 Questions

Home for sale in Alberta - ComFree

Home for sale in Alberta – ComFree

Although 77% have had a home inspection prior to purchasing their home, it’s a wonder why that number does not stand at 100%.

Many home buyers ponder whether or not a home inspection is necessary when it comes time to buy a home. Even when a home is brand-spanking new, a home inspection should be a part of the home buying experience.

The following are some home inspection questions that readers sent in regarding home inspections in Canada.

1- What will a home inspection reveal?

If you plan on selling or buying a home, a home inspection can prevent headaches in the future by determining the condition of the home at the time of purchase.

A home inspection will reveal the following:

  • – serious problems (repairs in excess of $1,500)
  • – replacement and repair needs
  • – life expectancy of major components
  • – safety information

It’s not all damages and dangers, however, many home inspections confirm that the home purchase or sale you are about to make is a sound one because of the solid foundation and absence of repair issues.
What does a home inspection include?

A home inspector will inspect not just the inside of the home, but the exterior as well. The following is what a home inspector will, uh, inspect.


  • – Drainage
  • – Foundation and walls
  • – Balconies and decks
  • – Windows and doors
  • – Gutters
  • – Roof and chimneys (if applicable)
  • – Garage and shed


  • – Foundation walls
  • – Basement floor
  • – Beams
  • – Moisture penetration
  • – Electrical wiring
  • – Plumbing
  • – Air system and ventilation
  • – Floors, walls, ceiling, doors and windows

2- How much does a home inspection cost?

It is best for you to shop around, as home inspection costs tend to differ greatly.

Some real estate inspection service providers charge by:

  • – Square foot
  • – Cost of the house being inspected (rates sometimes go as high as 2%)
  • – The hour (some charge upwards of $100 per hour)

Also, it would serve you well to find out what is included in the price, as some home inspection services consider detached garages as part of the main building, while others consider them outbuildings and charge extra.

Other “extra charges” might include swimming pools, wells, and septic systems.

3- How long does a home inspection take?

The time is takes to conduct a home inspection depends on the size and even condition of a home.

Some home inspection can be completed in less than 2 hours, while others may take upwards of 6 hours. What matters most is that the inspection is thorough.

4- Are home inspections guaranteed?

It is important to note that home inspections are not intended to provide guarantees or warranties. Some companies will offer to refund your money if their home inspector misses something, but that is certainly not a situation you want to find yourself in at any point.

Make sure you find a qualified home inspector – ask for references and professional qualifications.

5- Where can I find a qualified home inspector in Canada?

To find an inspector near you in Canada, visit CAHPI.ca and CanNACHI.org

If you’re ready to buy or sell your home, visit ComFree.com today.


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  3. Double Check Home Inspections Ottawa says:

    You’re right, home inspections should be 100%! Even in newer homes we have found some surprising mishaps. Spending a couple hundred dollars for a home inspection is a minimal cost compared to hundreds of thousands that is about to be spent on a home purchase.

  4. Shawn says:

    This is really good info. Albeit, a little simplified. I know, I know it’s a blog. You have to keep the readers attention and not to make it too long so you keep the readers interest. Although really dull, you can read what a home inspector does by reading the standards of practice of the organization they belong to. CAHPI should have them available. This more clearly resolves the scope of a home inspection.

    Any attempt at publicizing what a home inspector does is really helpful to the industry. Thanks for the article.

  5. Rosy Saadeh says:

    Thanks for the info Stephen, I’m sure our readers will appreciate it!

  6. This is good information to be providing to prospective home buyers and sellers. It’s also important to ensure that the inspector is not only certified with an organization such as InterNACHI, but that they also have current general liability and Errors and Ommissions insurance.

    You can also find an inspector at http://www.internachi.org There are over 1,000 Certified InterNACHI inspectors in Canada.

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