The average home inspection should take between two and three hours. Some factors such as house age, size, or complexity could increase the time it takes.
It is a non-invasive visual inspection of readily accessible home features. It focuses on the home’s major systems and how they are performing at the time of the inspection.
The areas of focus during an inspection are the roof system including the attic, visible parts of the structure, the exterior components of the house, electrical, plumbing, HVAC components including the water heater, and the installed interior components.
You will get a non-invasive visual walkthrough of the house which adheres to the standards of practice and the code of conduct of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI). You also get a detailed inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection which includes a summary at the beginning of any major deficiencies discovered.
You are not required to be present during the inspection, but it is very beneficial that you do. It allows you to become more familiar with the house and also ask questions about any conditions that are discovered.
When there is a high demand for houses and less inventory, it usually means that there will more than likely be several home buyers interested in the same house. Typically, this means the winning bid will have no conditions attached to it, and the offer will be at asking price or higher. In this type of situation, the listing could comment about offers being presented on a certain date. A lot of times, the seller will accommodate a "showing" before offer date, where you could bring in a home inspector to go through the house. It is what is referred to as a pre offer home inspection.
There will always be people who feel that home inspections are a waste of money. However, most will say that the pros FAR outweigh the cons. To help put things into perspective, check out the pricing page for more details.
Having an inspection before finalizing a house sale is very advantageous. First and foremost, it can give you peace of mind knowing that you’re buying a house that will be “surprise free” of any major problems that can be very costly. Secondly, if your home inspector discovers a major deficiency, it could allow you as the buyer, to either re-negotiate the asking price based on the findings, walk away from the sale, or simply budget accordingly.
If you have any other questions you would like to ask, contact Ottawa Area Home Inspections.