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If you’re buying or selling a home, you’re going to need a building inspection and you may not know where to begin, or exactly what’s required.
Though a pre-sale inspection is not required by law, it’s a highly recommended tool that protects buyers if any unpleasant surprises come up with the building. It serves as a testament to the state of the property, when the transaction occurred.
However, be aware. Not all building inspectors are created equal. Look for a qualified, certified, insured member of a recognized professional association. It’s a must!
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions concerning building inspections by J-Spect.
For every routine inspection, J-Spect examines 10 essential points: the foundation, structure, roofing, electricity, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, interior, insulation and ventilation.
The cost of an inspection varies by type of building, its size and the extent of the final report. Rates start at $400.
The cost includes the time spent visiting and inspecting the property (between 2 and 5 hours), plus the detailed report with specific recommendations that are based on the inspector’s experience and expertise.
Yes. You should be present during an inspection for a property you wish to buy or sell. It’s important to accompany the inspector, ask lots of questions and to take notes, so you don’t forget things you’ll want explained further ahead.
No. It’s not recommended, nor is it necessary. With too many people along, the inspector’s work takes longer and you end up spending more money for work that could have been done more efficiently, faster. Only those that are directly involved in the transaction should be present.
No. A building inspector’s role is to inform. We provide all the details and information you need regarding the state of a building, so you can then make a sound, informed decision.
J-Spect is limited to inspecting what is visible and apparent, and therefore cannot be held accountable for hidden defects. For example, it’s impossible to break down walls to verify what’s behind them.
The first thing to do is check with your real estate agent to see what timeframe you have to get the inspection done. With this in hand, contact Andrea so she can do everything she can to schedule your inspection and get the report back to you within the set deadline.
Andrea Jarosh grew up accompanying her father to hundreds of building inspections. The invaluable hands-on education, plus relevant schooling, made her a very competent building inspector and she’s practiced for over 5 years. Keeping the family business alive, Andrea inherited knowledge and work ethics from one of the best in the industry.
Andrea Jarosh is a certified, insured member of InterNACHI Québec. She’s a passionate building inspector who’s always ready to help.