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Common Questions

A home inspection is a thorough, objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the home inspector may recommend further evaluation.

What does a Home Inspection include?

The CAN-AM® inspection report follows the standards of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors and we adhere to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

We do no destructive testing, leave things as we find them, and always leave our footwear at the door. The average inspections lasts about three hours to complete our findings. A home inspection is a visual observation of the conditions of the systems and components in the home at the time of the inspection. There are approximately 1500 items to be viewed and documented in a three ringed binder and presented to you at the end of the inspection.

Can't I do it myself?

Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected thousands of homes in his career. Our inspectors are familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. The inspectors at Can-Am® Inspections understand how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, how and why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgement. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.

Can a house fail inspection?

No. A Can-Am® inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a home, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need major repair or replacement.

When do I call Can-Am® ?

Home Inspectors are typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Do I have to be there?

It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its sytems work, and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you've seen the property first-hand through the inspector's eyes. What if the report reveals problems? No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn;t necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what t expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or make repairs if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don't wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.

Does an inspection predict future performance?

Not really. Statistically, a one year old water heater should last at least 5 to 10 years. It may not. A 23 year old asphalt shingle roof probably will not last another year. It could last five years. Water use, heat settings, and maintenance differ from owner to owner.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You will also have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report, and will want to keep that information for future reference.

How Much Will It Cost?

CAN-AM® fees start at $500.00* for single family homes. Fees may be lower for target inspections and condominium / apartments. Please note that payment is due upon completion of the inspection as the report is given onsite. Delivery/Courier fees extra.
Cancellation Policy: The inspection fee will be charged unless 24 hours notice is given.
* Fees are subject to change without notice.