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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of a home inspection?

The purpose of the home inspection is to identify any major problems with the house and give you a better idea of what the process (and cost) will be to remediate these issues. The inspector will anticipate upcoming expenses in the next 2,5, or 10 years and onwards which will be required to maintain the general safety and health of the home. 

How long will the Inspection take?

Condominiums take about 3 hours. Townhouses, depending on the size and age 3-4 hours. Houses take longer, usually 3 to 6 hours ,but of course, depends on the size and age. For a more accurate time quote, please call. We also recommend as a courtesy to the vendor, to inform them once an inspection is to take place and the given time frame.

Can I attend the Inspection?

Yes, of course. We highly recommend it as the information obtained during an inspection can be invaluable, not to mention the opportunity to ask questions as well. If you can’t attend, I can present the findings on the phone or video chat. As always a comprehensive report is included with every inspection.

Can I do my own Inspection?

Unless you already are a home inspector, inspecting your new purchase on your own is not recommended. The inspector is professionally trained to look for things that the average person would miss, and has the experience and education to make sure that your new investment is a sound and safe purchase. As most things in life, you get what you pay for.  You might find a home inspector for dirt cheap that was an ex-handyman, or a more expensive graduated engineer with thermal imaging. When you’re dealing with what is probably the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime, choosing a good home inspector (despite the cost) will be worth it.

Do you provide a written report?

Yes we do. At Ridge to Slab Home Inspections, each inspection includes a comprehensive, multi page report that covers all the systems and components of the house. A summary of important issues is provided at the beginning. All issues are documented with photographs which are included in an appendix. A digital report will be emailed to you on the same day after the inspection. 

How much does a Home Inspection cost?

The home inspection is typically covered at the cost of the buyer, the seller rarely pays this expense, so be prepared to have this money ready to go within the week of an accepted offer. Prices vary depending on the size of the home, lot size, and whether it is a condo/townhome/detached home. For a full list of prices check our Pricing page. 

Do you charge for travel?

There are no travel fees in the lower mainland but fees may apply for further locations. Please call to inquire.

Is it normal for the inspector to find a big list of things that need to be done?

Yes. It is the inspector’s job to find things that require maintenance throughout the house. If your home inspector doesn’t find anything, then they aren’t doing their job.

One of the biggest benefits of the home inspection list is that it prepares you for the home and regular maintenance that comes with being a homeowner. At Ridge to Slab, we provide you a list of what needs to be fixed immediately (if any), and down the road in 2 years, 5 years, etc. or how you see fit. At Ridge to Slab, we provide you with a full report that includes a summary, and then breaks down each aspect of the home one by one with a rating.

What if a major issue is found in the Home Inspection?

There have been cases where the home inspector finds a big bill fix that needs to be done immediately. Maybe a roof needs to be replaced or the plumbing is in serious need of an update. When you’re dealing with major bills uncovered you have a few options:

  • Negotiate with the sellers and have them bring the price down to factor in the update.

  • Revisit your budget – see if you can work it in and afford it. 

  • Walk away from the deal and move on to the next home.

It is very important to understand that an inspection is not there to negotiate every nickel and dime and sweat about the small stuff. However, if there is a major update or fix to be made that directly affects your safety or health and is going to cost a big chunk of change, then the inspection is there to start a discussion.

Do I get my money back if we don't buy?

While some inspectors do have guarantees or special deals in this case, the answer is usually no – you do not get your money back. If you're not buying the house due to an issue found during the inspection, then the inspector has done a good job and possibly saved you thousands of dollars. 

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