1. Why should I get a home inspection?
Your home or future home is likely the biggest investment of your life. Getting a home inspection from a trained professional is the only way to know for sure that your investment is safe, not to mention you and your family. A home inspector will also find any “hidden” or small problems so that you can fix them before they become bigger, more expensive issues. Home inspections are an absolute must!
2. Can my home “fail” a home inspection?
No. Your inspector will clearly detail any deficiencies but your house can not fail and it will not be condemned nor will you be forced to move out on account of structural or mechanical concerns.
3. Can I follow the home inspector on his inspection?
Absolutely! Getting to know your home better is yet another advantage to enlisting the services of a professional home inspector. Follow along, ask questions and you will come away with a more thorough understanding of your home and how it works.
4. Which communities does Clear Choice Inspection serve?
Based in Wetaskiwin, AB, we proudly serve the North Central Alberta region including the communities of Wetaskiwin, Camrose ,Leduc, Beaumont, Ponoka, Devon, Pigeon Lake, Lacombe, Winfield, Alder Flats, Millet, Calmar, Drayton Valley, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer and absolutely everything in between.
5. Does Clear Choice Inspections serve rural properties as well?
Yes we do!
6. What things does the home inspector look for?
We look for the following and will always provide you with a detailed, written report afterwards:
• Structural Elements. Construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation.
• Exterior Evaluation. Wall covering, landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights and exterior receptacles.
• Roof and Attic. Framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing and gutters. It does not include a guarantee of roof condition nor a roof certification.
• Plumbing. Identification of pipe materials used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes. including condition. Toilets, showers, sinks, faucets and traps. It does not include a sewer i inspection.
• Systems and Components. Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct work, chimney, fireplace and sprinklers.
• Electrical. Main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
• Appliances. Dishwasher, range and oven, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal and, yes, even smoke detectors.
• Garage. Slab, walls, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door, openers, lights, receptacles, exterior, windows and roof. This is a very general list of what your home inspector will look for. The final report will be far more detailed.
7. Can I have a home inspection done on a home I am considering purchasing even if I haven’t purchased it yet? What if the current owner refuses it?
Certainly! In fact you would be crazy not to. If the owner refuses, then you might question why he or she is refusing and whether they have something to hide. A red flag to say the least.
8. Will the inspection be done by an inspector who is licensed and insured?
Yes. We won’t send you a home inspector who isn’t a licensed, insured and bonded as well as a member in good standing with CanNACHI (Canadian Association of Certified Home Inspectors). We are also an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau!
9. Why should I have my air quality tested?
Did you know that people spend 90% of our time indoors? And that most of that time is in your home? During that time we are constantly breathing (hopefully!) and whatever is in that air is going straight into our lungs. Many houses contain mould spores, VOCs and other toxins that can cause serious and lasting health problems. If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home you should have it tested right away, especially if you already have symptoms.
We understand you probably have questions not shown here, please do not hesiate to give us a call! Or if you prefer, you can contact us through the form on the site or through e-mail!