Inspection FAQs

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Process Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a home inspection take?

A typical inspection should take a minimum of 2 to 3 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, House Sound Home Inspections recommends that they be informed of the timeframe in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.

How much does an inspection cost?

Some factors will affect the fee. 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. For more information on fees, please contact us.

Can I follow along?

Being there for the home inspection provides a learning opportunity for many home purchasers. This also provides time to ask those important questions and discuss any defects that may be found. It’s important to understand about any necessary repairs and the processes involved.

Can I ask questions?

Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. If the comments or explanations you receive during the walk through are not clear, please ask for further explanation.

Can I bring my family?

As the client, your wishes are paramount. However, House Sound Home Inspections recommends that, if at all possible, you do not bring your family as this is a technical evaluation requiring as few distractions as possible.

If it’s really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?

No. The goal of House Sound Home Inspections is to report on the condition of the house based on the examination and evaluation of the various systems, indicating potential repairs and expenses. 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.

Do you offer a warranty on the house?

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, House Sound Home Inspections cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.

What do you look at?

House Sound Home Inspections inspects the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. The goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical buyer’s decision to purchase.

What is included in the fee?

Complete home inspection conducted by an experienced professional.
Comprehensive and professional digital home inspection report including photos.

Do I have to take notes?

You don’t have to take notes during the inspection. Everything will be documented in a written report. The guided walk through at the end of the inspection is also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.

What should I wear?

You should dress comfortably for the walk through with me. You won’t have to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won’t get dirty.

Do I get a written report? When?

House Sound Home Inspections uses Horizon software from Carson Dunlop to create reports that are sent via email. This software provides concise information in a clear format. It would be unfair to ask you to remember all of the topics that are covered during a home inspection. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is delivered within 24 hours after the inspection.

Do you carry out repairs or recommend contractors?

House Sound Home Inspections specialises in home inspections and provides an unbiased opinion when presenting our reports. We do not recommend contractors as we consider this to be a conflict of interest.

How many inspectors do you have?

House Sound Home Inspections is a sole proprietorship.

How many days notice do I need to give you?

House Sound Home Inspections is ready to serve as quickly as possible depending on availability – we endeavour to work around clients’ timeframes.

What are your inspectors’ qualifications?

Mark Goodwin is a graduate of the Carson Dunlop Home Inspectors Training Program (Canada) and a member of the Home Inspectors Association of BC.

He has also completed the a Building Envelope Performance course (3050) at British Columbia Institute of Technology to appraise himself of how timber framed buildings perform in British Columbia’s maritime coastal climate.

Mark is also an instructor at Ashton College on their Home Inspectors training course.

He is licenced with the Business Practices & Consumer Protection Authority (BPCPA), which is regulated under provincial government legislation. He attends all training seminars and conferences to ensure that his credentials are maintained.  As a member of HIABC, with their stringent membership requirements, he is dedicated to protecting customers with his professional and expert service.

Mark was selected to conduct building inspections with Opus DaytonKnight on three occasions, when they were awarded a Federal Government contract to assess buildings in British Columbia.

He has also worked as a consultant with Marsh Building Inspections who specialise in building envelope assessments, depreciation reports and pre and post blast surveys.

Mark has completed a commercial property inspection course with Carson Dunlop.

He holds a Diploma in Home Inspection gained in the UK and was a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor as part of the UK Government’s drive to reduce carbon emissions as part of the Kyoto Agreement.