+ - What is a Home Inspection?
A Home Inspection is a visual, non-damaging evaluation of the house based on its present condition and performance. It includes major home systems and components that are easily accessible and installed at the time of the inspection.
+ - How much time takes for a general home inspection?
A typical home takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours for a standard home inspection. However, the time can differ depending on the size and age of the property. Condominium and Apartment can inspect in 1-2 hours.
+ - Which organization are you a member of?
I am a member of InterNACHI Quebec (AIIICQ) and InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home inspectors).
+ - Do you have general liability and EO insurance?
Yes, I am holding professional liability insurance, which covers faults, errors and omissions.
+ - What is your Qualification?
I have done a home inspection certification from Carson Dunlop with ten in-detail, high-quality courses focusing on various house systems. I am an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector (CPI). In 2016, I finished a Masters in Civil Engineering from Concordia University. Before that, I studied Technical Diploma and Bachelors in the same field. On the work front, I have worked on various buildings, roads and bridges during and after studies.
+ - What is your inspection fee?
For a 3 bedroom single-family Cottage, we charge $475+tax. For Duplex, we charge $575+tax, and our price for Condo is $375+tax. The starting price for a Bungalow is $525+tax. However, the price fluctuates depending on the size, age and location of the property. To get an exact amount, you can fill “get a free quote” form on our website, or you can directly contact us through email, text or call.
+ - Which areas do you cover?
Aman Home Inspection covers the Greater Montreal, Cornwall & the surrounding areas. If you are outside of these regions, give us a call, arrangements can be made depending on the schedule and distance.
+ - What are your working days and hours?
Aman Home Inspection works seven days a week. You can choose your time slot depending on your availability. But for an exterior inspection, daylight is required, so we suggest you pick your time accordingly.
+ - When do I suppose to get my home inspection report?
Usually, we ask for two days, just in case, but most of the time, we deliver reports within 24 hours.
+ - Which Standard of Practice (SOP) do you follow?
We follow the InterNACHI Quebec's (AIIICQ) Standard of Practice (SOP)
+ - Can I attend the home inspection? If yes, should I attend the inspection?
Of course, you can join the inspection. For most people, this could be their most significant purchase, and many emotions are going around. So, we encourage our clients to be present on-site to learn more about their home and make an informative decision. You also have to sign the inspection contract and authorize us to proceed. In that sense, your presence becomes even more critical. Inspection is not only about finding issues and defects. The inspector also gives you home maintenance tips. After finishing the inspection, the inspector summarizes it. Describes the strengths and weaknesses of your home and tells you about the repairs needed, if any. If you are present at the briefing, it would be easier for you to read the report and understand the property you are buying. In short, we would say it’s not a compulsion to attend the inspection. Still, for your best interest, it’s highly recommended.
+ - Can I ask questions during the home inspection?
You are more than welcome to ask questions, but make sure you don’t distract the inspector by asking too many questions. However, most of your doubts get clear automatically as inspection processes. But if you have too many questions, we suggest you note them and ask at the end of the inspection if you feel you don’t get the answer during the inspection.
+ - What to do if the home inspector finds problems?
The inspector always identifies some problems and defects. It’s impossible to find a house that has no flaws at all. That doesn’t mean you step out of the deal. Rather, you can utilize this data for price negotiation. You can also request the seller for repairs before you close the deal. If the seller denies resolving issues, at least you are now informed about what needs to fix, which allows you to determine if the home is really within your budget. The same thing also applies to the seller if he gets his home inspected prior to putting it on the market. He can fix significant issues that lead him to sell his house at a better price with extra confidence.
+ - Do I need a home inspection for a newly-built home?
Yes. Constructing a home is a complicated process that involves several subcontractors and trade persons; it is quite possible to miss details that could result in deficiencies. Home Inspectors discover many defects in newly constructed homes. Some common examples are: Missing nuts/washers on sill plates Cut sections of floor joists/structural supports Incorrectly installed sump pumps Inversely installed hot and cold water taps Missing ridge vent Leaks in plumbing pipes Flue pipe absent on furnace and drier These are just a few examples. Home inspectors find many more problems in brand new homes. Another thing for a buyer to keep in mind is that with a new home inspection, you can also take advantage of the Guarantee Plan.
+ - Do you also perform condo inspections?
Yes, we do
+ - Do I need a home inspection for a condo?
Condominiums have fewer problems than single-family homes because most of the issues are fall under the common area, which is the responsibility of the condo corporation. But still, many major systems and components are under the unit owner’s possession. Before buying a condo, you should be aware of their conditions and functioning because repairs could be costly and annoying. In our view, the condo inspection is as necessary as an inspection of a single-family home.
+ - What is the purpose of a home inspection?
The purpose of a home inspection is to provide an overview of the property, which helps the client to make an informative decision and minimize the risk. A home inspection is not an insurance, warranty or guarantee of any kind. However, a typical inspection serves the client to minimize the risk.
+ - What does a home inspection include? What home inspectors look for?
A structure comprises hundreds of systems and components, and according to most of the home inspection standards, they fall under the following categories. Structure : Footings, foundations, walls, beams, columns, floors, roofs, joists, rafters etc. Roofing : Roof type, roof covering material, roof drainage, gutters, downspouts, chimneys, flashings, skylights etc. Exterior : Wallcoverings, doors, windows, vegetation, land slope, ground drainage, stairs, handrails, porches, guardrails, driveway, sidewalks etc. Interior : Walls, floors, ceilings, steps, handrails, doors, windows etc. Plumbing : Water supply pipes, taps, main shutoff valve, drainage pipes, vents, sump pumps, hot water tanks etc. Electrical : Service drop, wiring, panels, breakers, fuses, lights, switches, outlets, GFCIs, AFCIs etc. HVAC : Heating and cooling equipment, energy sources, thermostats, distribution systems, ventilation etc. Insulation : Insulating material, air/vapour barrier etc.
+ - What don’t home inspectors inspect?
A home inspection doesn’t include: Components that are not permanently installed. Systems and parts which are not easily accessible. Outbuildings. Recreational facilities such as Swimming Pools, Spas, Saunas etc. Specialty systems such as antennas, telephone, cable TV, security systems etc.