Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is a home inspection?
A. An inspection is a non-invasive examination into the  current condition of your property. It is a snapshot in time. It is not an appraisal, guarantee, warranty or an insurance policy. 


Q. How long does an inspection take?
A. Usually 2 ½ to 3 hours but it depends on the age of  your home, its condition and square footage. A thorough inspection takes  time especially when attention to detail is essential. 


Q. Should I be present for the inspection?
A. Yes. Having you there, either throughout the inspection, or at the very least, during the briefing at the end of the inspection is highly encouraged. There are always items in the inspection that are  better explained on-site. Keep in mind no home is perfect and it is always important to maintain realistic expectations. If you cannot  attend, the emailed electronic contract will have to signed prior to the inspection.


Q. Does a newly constructed home need an inspection?
A. Absolutely. I perform two types of new home inspections. New Construction Pre-Delivery Inspection (before you accept possession) and New Home 11th Month Warranty Inspection  (prior to warranty expiration). With the 11th Month Inspection, the house has usually been exposed to all four seasons of Canadian climate, which in most cases will reveal any settling problems. 

 

Q. Do you go up on the roof?
A. Yes. To do a proper evaluation requires going up on the roof, with exception to when it is unsafe due to so, such as when there are excessive slopes, ice, snow, or poor weather conditions at the time of the inspection.


 Q. Do you do repairs or recommend contractors?
A. No. It is a conflict of interest for a home inspector to refer a contractor to perform repairs that are recommended in the report. 


Q. Can we contact you after the inspection?
A. Yes. I welcome your call with any questions or concerns regarding the inspection report. 


Q. Can inspections be done on weekends?
A. Yes. Trying to accommodate the schedules of all parties involved with the inspection is important to me. It can be arranged pending that the weekend isn't booked up.


Q. How far in advance should I book the inspection?
A. Try booking as far in advance as you can to get the best time that works for you. We will also try our best to accommodate appointments on short notice.


Q. Do you carry Insurance?
A. Yes. Target Inspection carries Errors & Omissions and general liability insurance as a Licensing requirement by the Government of Alberta.


Q. Should my realtor get a copy of the inspection?
A. You decide. There may be benefit in sharing the information with your realtor who can determine if any items in the  report are significant enough to warrant re-negotiation or a change to your offer price. Information about your inspection will only be shared with your permission. 


Q. Do you take pictures?
A. Yes, lots of them, but only pictures showing a significant problem that warrants documentation will appear in the report.


Q. What if the report reveals problems?
A. All houses have problems. Most are minor and can be remedied over time. If a major problem is found you will need to consider all options in making a decision. It is recommended to have the appropriate licensed contractor come to the home to give an accurate quote on necessary repairs.


Q. How should a home owner prepare the home for an inspection?
A. Some things can be done to help prepare for an inspection:  

  • All doors should be accessible.
  • Leave the utilities (gas, water, power) connected and the pilot lights lit
  • Provide access to the attic, garage, electrical panel, and crawl space (if applicable).
  • Provide space around the electrical panel, furnace, water heater and air conditioner.
  • Leave keys for gates, outbuildings, electrical boxes, etc.
  • If there are pets, make sure they are secured or removed from the property.
  • Prepare to be away for a few hours during the inspection.

​Q. Can I pay by credit card?
A. Yes. Payment can be made by cheque, cash, Visa, Mastercard, or email Transfer. 


Q. Do I have to use one of the inspectors on the list provided by my realtor?
A. No. Choose a qualified inspector, when making this important decision. Make sure the inspector you choose is licensed to do inspections in the province of Alberta, experienced in the construction industry and insured.