What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical condition of a home (or other building). This is usually, but not always, connected to the sale of that home or building and its findings often determine the successful completion of that sale.
A home inspection will usually include an examination of the foundation and basement, roof, attic, heating and water systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself. An inspector will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues. Importantly, they will also make note of any fire and safety issues that need to be addressed.
Home Inspections are not conducted on a pass or fail basis; it provides a report that shows an itemized list of the condition of the home or building and any work that should be done. An inspection is conducted in about 95% of all real estate home transactions.
Thermal imaging reveals surface temperature variations of the building which helps to identify problems in structure, moisture content and air leakage. It can also be used to find heating and cooling losses, moisture intrusion, inadequate or non-existent insulation, plumbing leaks and poor construction.
Thermal imaging is accomplished using an infrared camera. Craig is Infrared Certified through InterNACHI and is one of the few inspectors who includes thermal imaging as part of a standard inspection, free of charge.
Residential Home Inspections
A home inspection isn’t just about protecting your investment, but also about protecting you and your family. The home inspectors at A Buyer’s Choice West Edmonton understand this and take their profession very seriously. They know they are an integral part in your decision to make the biggest investment of your life. Though not mandatory in every province in Canada, a residential home inspection should be a part of every real estate transaction. It is the best way to ensure that everyone is protected.
Home inspections aren’t just for home buyers. Home sellers also gain peace of mind by investing in a thorough certified home inspection prior to putting a house up for sale. The last minute discovery of problems by a prospective buyer can lead to time delays, added expenses and can even stop a deal altogether. Your best prevention measure as a home seller is to have a certified inspection done prior to listing your home.
New Home Warranty Inspection Services
Make sure you have A Buyer’s Choice home inspector look at your home before your new home warranty expires. Our inspector will examine your home's structure, mechanical and electrical systems to identify defects and other problems.
Have our experienced home inspector make sure that your home was built correctly.
Home Maintenance Inspections
Home Maintenance Inspections are for homeowners who want to take a proactive approach to home maintenance. Failure to maintain it properly can damage your home and downgrade its value.
A home maintenance inspection by A Buyer’s Choice - West Edmonton will identify the areas of your home that need attention. This will include the roof, gutters and drain spouts, fireplaces and chimneys, furnaces and air conditioning, smoke detectors and other safety equipment, plumbing and faucets, windows and doors, basement walls and drains.
Our inspection will provide you with a complete list of problems that require immediate attention, things that should be dealt with soon, and things that should be noted, but are not urgent.
Renovation Deficiency Inspections
You’ve watched those shows on TV and know the nightmares that can arise from home renovations when done improperly. Sub-standard materials, poor workmanship or jobs left unfinished. Craig can assess a renovation job near completion to make sure everything is being done correctly — before you make that final payment!
WETT Certified Inspection
With the price of oil rising, more and more people are turning to wood burning systems to heat their homes. While cheaper than oil, it also poses a greater risk of fire. If you currently heat your home (completely or partially) with wood, it is in your best interest to have your system inspected by a Wood Energy Technical Transfer (WETT) specialist. In fact, most insurance companies today require a WETT certification to honor your policy.