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Residential, Commercial, and Specialty Property Inspections
Whether it is prior to purchase, getting ready to sell or just a clear picture of current condition of any property; a through and professional inspection can get you the information you need to proceed to the next step.
Sometimes it is just a specific issue that has you concerned, GW Holdings can customize their inspection process to get you the answers you need.
Buying a home is the largest investment most consumers will ever make. Before buying, you should know what condition the home is in and what repairs might be needed. Hiring a qualified home inspector to examine a home can help you to make an informed decision about its condition. Some homeowners also have their place inspected so they can get any defects fixed under their new home warranty before it runs out.
- What Should I Expect From A Home Inspector?
The home inspector’s role is to tell you the physical condition of the home. The inspector should walk through the home with you and point out any problems. This normally takes at least two hours. The inspector must give you a contract before the inspection and a written report after an inspection.
The inspector must not damage the home during the inspection unless the owner agrees in writing to allow an invasive inspection. If the inspector causes damage during the inspection and the seller has not agreed, the inspector must pay for the damage. For example, this means that the inspector usually can’t drill holes to look inside walls, ceilings or behind tiling. An inspector can look for signs that there might be problems with a home and suggest any areas that should be looked at by an expert. For example, mould and wiring behind walls usually cannot be seen directly, but there might be other signals that a trained eye would notice.
- Can I Attend the Inspection?
GW Holdings always encourages the buyers to attend the inspection as we examine the house top to bottom. The inspector will be pleased to answer questions or concerns first hand. You will learn about your new home and receive valuable tips on maintenance and information that will be of great help after you move in.
- What are the Benefits of a Pre-purchase Inspection?
- Provides peace of mind and assists you to make a sound home-buying decision
- Reveals the need for repairs or replacements before you buy
- Limits the number of surprises you may discover after you move in
- Gives you invaluable details about your new home – the condition of the property and its systems/components, safety concerns, where the main shutoff valves to the utilities are located, maintenance recommendations, renovation/improvement recommendations and any questions you may have at the time of the inspection
- What are the Benefits of a Pre-listing Inspection?
- A key benefit is that you will be prepared for the sale – if any problems are discovered that need to be addressed, you can have the repairs or improvements done on your own terms, on your own schedule, saving you money.
- Our experience has shown that most homes that receive a pre-sale inspection spend less time on the market and sell at prices closer to the listing price.
- Our inspection report will provide prospective buyers peace of mind and may minimize price negotiations during the sales process. You will also have an advantage over other properties the buyer is considering that may not have an inspection report available.
- Surprise problems uncovered by the buyer’s inspector may cause delays in closing, and you may end up paying for repairs at the last minute, or accept a lower price on your home – be prepared and ready, rather than unprepared and reactionary.
- What Should I Expect From A Home Inspector?
Five Things to Know Before Your House Gets Inspected
As background you should know that a home inspection is a visual non-invasive inspection of readily accessible components of the property. This means that the home inspector will not be dismantling items, moving a bunch of stored items or pulling out the clothes washing machine to gain access to the area below. While this may seem to be the buyers’ problem (and their inspector) it may not be that simple. Inaccessible items may raise red flags for the buyer or it could result in delays as the buyers might ask for additional visits to the property to check out those things that were not evaluated on the initial home inspection. Better to allow for a complete home inspection on the scheduled day and let the process continue from there than potentially cause further delays and suspicious buyers.
So our first item for you, the sellers, is to ensure that the home inspector will have complete and easy access to the major components of the house. Specifically the furnace, hot water heater, electrical panel, sump pump and attic hatch. You need to make sure that stored items are moved out of the way so that the inspector can do the job they were hired to do. This is impossible when the deep freezer is over the sump pump or if a bed is directly below the attic hatch (this prevents setting up a ladder). By ensuring easy access you will allow for an efficient inspection and avoid any damaged items caused by the inspector attempting to gain access, but more on that later. These essential items (furnace, HWT, sump pit, electrical panel and attic hatch) are very important to the home inspector and so they are likely to require a return visit if not evaluated on the first attempt.
Second is the issue of pets. There are a few concerns with animals left in the property when the home inspection is scheduled to happen. One is that the animals might escape. Trying to catch an escaped dog or cat is not part of the inspector’s duties. Sometimes the animal, when left at home attempts to protect his surroundings. Dog whispering is also not part of the inspectors training or responsibilities. Another concern is that some homeowners have areas of their house where the pets are not allowed. This might be certain bedrooms or the bathrooms and this is accomplished by having the doors closed. The inspector will not be aware of these restraints and so doors could be left open to these areas unknowingly. So if you have animals that could escape or might behave badly please make arrangements to have them out of the house. A pet daycare or a friend’s house are possibilities if you can’t take them with you. A home inspection typically lasts 2 hours so make your plans accordingly.
Third is the issue is valuables or irreplaceable items. During the home inspection the inspector is concentrating on evaluating the property, not keeping track of his clients’ whereabouts. Buyers typically attend the inspection and although additional attendees are discouraged it does happen that they bring their children, parents or friends along for a quick tour or the entire inspection. With so many people in the house it is impossible to keep track of everyone and again it is not the inspectors responsibility to do so. As a result, the sellers should ensure that any valuable items are properly put out of view. When I see a large diamond engagement ring left lying out in a spare bedroom I make note of it and it makes me nervous, but I won’t take responsibility for it. In the same manner any precious or breakable items should be put away. Additional people, unfamiliar with the house, could accidentally bump into furniture and knock these over potentially damaging them. Children not used to being concerned about breakable items might cause damage or an incident resulting in broken treasures. So better to be safe than sorry, put away valuable or precious breakables to avoid any heartaches later.
Fourth are stored items outside or in the garage. Same concept as we discussed earlier, make sure any important areas are clear for the inspector. Items like garage heater, under a raised deck, along exterior walls. Ensure the garage door can be opened without items falling if they are leaning against it. If you are selling a manufactured home or a property with an outside crawlspace access in the winter time make sure the snow is shoveled away from the access hatch, and that it can open, so the inspector can evaluate the area beneath the home. The same logic applies as before, no reason to raise red flags or cause a second or more visits to the property. Let the inspector get to all the needed areas so the job can be done properly the first time.
Fifth and finally we come to the little things like bulbs, remotes and maintenance. Homebuyers want to buy a good house. One of the things that affects this is are little things like burnt out bulbs that leave an unfavorable impression. Change the light bulbs, replace the furnace filter, put the outlet cover plates back up (after you took then down to paint). This should have been done before showing the house but if you didn’t get around to it you might as well do it now. The fewer items noted on the inspection report the better it is for you the seller. Another item in this category are remote controls for things like ceiling fans, fireplaces etc. The inspector will want to check these items and if he can’t find the remote it becomes difficult to do so. Again, it behooves the seller to make sure there are no questions left as a result of an incomplete inspection. The last thing here is to notify the inspector of any broken or inoperable items. Things like window hinges (I had a window fall completely out of the frame and drop eight feet onto the ground as a result of simply trying to test that it would open), window cranks (sometimes the window will open but not close and it is difficult to close if the crank is stripped and it is a second floor windows. If there is something that isn’t working properly and further damages could occur as a result of attempting to operate it, let the inspector know ahead of time. It will save us all allot of headaches.
Now to summarize I want to be clear. I don’t expect the seller to have a perfect home or to run around fixing every little thing before the inspector arrives but following the suggestions above will go a long way to ensuring the inspection goes smoothly, limits the amount incidental items and could avoid second or third visits to the property that would not only inconvenience the buyer and inspector but also you the seller. Let’s all work together to do it once and to do it right.
Commercial building inspections are another level of services beyond regular home inspections. Many financial institutions require an engineer to provide an inspection report detailing structural and system conditions. These reports are called Property Condition Reports and the engineer will follow the ASTM 2018 standard when providing these reports. Commercial properties are inherently more expensive, more complicated and require a higher level of knowledge and experience than home inspections.
GW Holdings provides a number of specialized and custom consulting services. Whether it is site visits to a new home while under construction or identification of water problems using specialized equipment like Infrared Cameras, GW Holdings may be able to assist you in whatever your building related questions might be.
Easy To Read Reports
Once your inspection has been completed we will provide you with a thorough report detailing all of our findings about the property. Click the image below to see an example:
Gary Wood, CEO
Gary Wood P. Eng. RHI NHI is a professional engineer proving inspection services for over 12 years. He is licensed in the Province of Alberta, is a Registered Home and Property Inspector, a Certified National Home and Property Inspector and is also a certified Infrared Thermography operator.