Frequently Asked Questions

Answers:

What are the inspectors qualifications?
Your property inspection will be conducted by a Professional Inspector, who is a (Certified Engineering Technician)  who has completed Architectural Technology at Saskatchewan Technical Institute and is certified with ASET (The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta) and InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors of Canada) The Inspector has 32 years of inspection experience, 22 years  with CMHC ( Canada Mortgage and Housing  Corporation) who is Canada's Housing experts and is a Certified Master Inspector.

What is a home inspection?
Our home inspection will give you a professional unbiased overview of the home you are interested in purchasing or already own. It will inform you about the positive and negative technical aspects of the home and can help reduce the risks of unforeseen repairs and costs in the future.

Why do I need a home inspection?
Before buying a home or building, it is critically important to identify problems that may exist and repairs that will have to be made. This enables you to plan financially. And it avoids expensive surprises such as a leaky roof or unstable foundation. A quality inspection can provide a basis for planning and budgeting the next 5 years of ownership. At the very least, an inspection provides peace of mind. It's comforting to know that the home or building you're buying is safe and sound, and the largest investment of your life is a sensible one, based on being well informed.

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Who requires a home inspection?
Home sellers, purchasers, and current owners can benefit from a Home Inspection. The majority of purchasers nowadays retain the services of a home inspector to ensure the house they are interested in is sound. In fact a home inspection is usually a condition of sale of the home. Many wise sellers also retain a home inspector so that they can make any necessary repairs in advance, which helps to speed along the entire transaction.

Current home owners can also benefit from a home inspection, particularly if it is a newly built home under warranty. Deficiencies can be documented by the inspector prior to the warranty expiration. In addition, owners of older homes often hire a home inspector to educate them about the current condition of their home and any repairs that may be needed, so that they can budget properly for the next several years.

One having a new home built can benefit, by having the building inspected at different stages of construction, to ensure all components are constructed to local requirement as well as to their specific specifications.  It should be understood that building code standards are  minimum requirements, most people wish to have better. That is why it is important to have proper building specifications as well as inspections at the appropriate stages to make sure that you get the specific quality of construction for the home you  desire.

What does the home inspection cover?
Our inspection process covers all major systems including the roof, structure, exterior, interior, insulation, electrical, heating, cooling, and plumbing.

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Can I follow the inspector during the inspection?
You are strongly encouraged to attend the inspection. This will allow the inspector to verbally communicate to you his findings during the inspection, and allows you the opportunity to ask as many questions as possible. In addition you can become very familiar with the technical aspects the home including the maintenance requirements of the house.

How long does an inspection take and do I receive a report?
A typical home inspection will be between 2 and 3 hours in duration. In addition to the inspectors' verbal report during the inspection, we use a comprehensive written reporting system to communicate our findings. The report will contain the findings and results of the home inspection, including necessary repairs. The report is completed on site and you will have it at the end of the inspection.

What if the home inspection report reveals problems?
If the inspector finds problems in a building, it does not necessarily mean you should not buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. Also, a seller may be willing to make repairs, or lower the selling price because of the problems discovered by the inspector. If your budget is tight, or if you do not wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that this is not the property for you. The choice is yours.

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If the report is favorable, did I really need a home inspection?
Definitely! Now you can complete your purchase with peace of mind about the condition of the property and its equipment and systems. You may have learned a few things about your property from the home inspection, and will want to keep that information for your future reference. Above all, you can rest assured that you are making a well informed purchase decision and that you will be able to occupy and enjoy your home with peace of mind.

Can I inspect the building myself?
Even the most experienced building or home owner lacks the knowledge and the technical expertise of an engineering technician. Our inspector is well versed with the critical elements of construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and inter-relationships of these elements. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the building they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.

Are you insured?
Our company carries errors and omissions insurance.

What does an inspection cost?
Our fees are amongst the most affordable in the industry and start from $ 350.00. Please remember a home is a very major purchase and the home inspection fee charged should not be the deciding factor for which home inspection company you select. Remember all inspectors are not created equal and do not have the same levels of education and experience. Engineering Technicians are bound by the highest possible ethical standards and are quite simply the top professionals available in the technical realm. No other home inspection "qualification" can compare.

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P.O. Box 65025
St. Albert
Alberta
T8N 5Y3
Canada

info@rdcinspections.com
780-458-0066