Q: Why is having a home inspection so important?
A: Buying a home could be the single largest investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing home before you buy it. The home inspection may identify the need for major repairs, or building oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make future decisions in confidence.
Q: Do I have to attend the home inspection?
A: It’s a good idea to attend the home inspection because any questions that you may have can usually be answered on the spot. It’s important for sellers to keep in mind the inspector has not been retained to point out all of the good aspects of the home, and they should not feel offended when the inspector points out a defect or potential defects.
Q: How long does a home inspection take?
A: The process usually takes three to four hours depending on size, age and condition of the home.
Q: Why should I choose AmeriSpec over a local competitor?
A: AmeriSpec has more than 150 independently owned and operated businesses with insured, well-trained inspectors who perform more than 80,000 inspections annually in Canada and the United States. An AmeriSpec Home Inspection is a visual inspection of over 400 items and 1000 check-points including the foundation, roof and structural components, plus visible electrical, plumbing and mechanical operating systems of the property. Our inspectors are not only fully trained on all the major structural and mechanical components of your new home, but will offer valuable information on the maintenance and safety aspects of these items. We will talk to you in plain, understandable terms, and will put things into a context of what is serious, what is not-so-serious and what is simply recommended.
Q: What is included in a General Home Inspection?
A: A general home inspection includes the visual inspection of major structures and systems. Home buyers will receive a written report in an AmeriSpec binder, along with a CD copy of all photos taken during the inspection, a home maintenance manual, seasonal maintenance checklist, tips for home improvement and home care, and our current promotional items.
Q: When will I receive the report?
A: The detailed narrative report on the home, including photos, will be printed for you on site. Should you not be able to attend; your report will be emailed to you the evening of the same day the inspection occurs, or no later than the following morning. The report will go directly to you, the buyer, and will not be shared with anyone else unless you authorize it.
Q: How much is a general home inspection?
A: Our prices are determined by the square footage of the home. Please call us at 250-763-0822 for pricing.
Q: How do I pay for the inspection service?
A: AmeriSpec Inspection Service accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard), personal cheques and cash. Payment is collected at the time of inspection. If unable to attend the inspection in person, credit card payment can be arranged by phone or email.
Q: How soon can I schedule an inspection?
A: When you call, we can usually schedule you an appointment for the following day. We book up to three inspections per day per inspector. Please book your inspection as soon as possible to get your desired appointment time.
Q: What if I need to reschedule or cancel my inspection?
A: If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment for any reason, please let us know immediately. We require that you inform us of a cancelled or changed inspection 24 hours prior to the appointment.
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: Our office is open Monday through Saturday, from 8 AM to 8 PM. Our inspections generally start at 9 AM and our last inspection is booked at 4 PM. As we do require daylight to inspect the outside of a home, evening appointments can only be arranged in the spring/summer months.
Q: What are the credentials for each inspector? How long has an inspector been in this business?
A: For information about our inspectors, please see the Our Home Inspectors page.
Q: If I refer AmeriSpec to a customer, am I liable?
A: AmeriSpec inspectors have extensive Errors and Omissions insurance. This means both you and your clients are protected if something should happen during an inspection. For further details, call us at 250-763-0822.
Q: What other kinds of inspections do you do?
A: In addition to Home Inspections, Pre-Listing Inspections and Commercial Building Inspections, we also offer EcoEnergy Evaluations, which are required to access government grants. These are available for a variety of energy-efficient retrofit upgrades. Evaluations include a personalized report on your home’s energy efficiency and recommendations regarding:
- heating system
- hot water system
- air leakage
Contact us for more details or to arrange any of these additional AmeriSpec services in the local areas of Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and more.