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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home inspection?
What experience does the inspector have?
Will the inspector give us a quote to repair the issues he finds?
How do I pay for an inspection?
Is there a difference between a home buyers and a home sellers inspection?
What does a home inspection include?
Who gets a copy of the inspection report?
Why do I need a home inspection?
How much will it cost?
Why can't I do it myself?
Can a house fail inspection?
When do I call a home inspector?
Do I have to be there?
What if the report reveals problems?
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
What if I have questions after we move in?

What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
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What experience does the inspector have?
This should be one of the first question for the inspector. I have over 30 years experience in new home construction, renovations and inspection.
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Will the inspector give a quote to repair the issues he finds?
No. The inspector will not give you a quote to fix anything, that would be a conflict of interest and against are strict Code Of Ethics. The inspector may suggest that you contact a trade professional (ie: an electrician or a plumber) to quote on any repairs.
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How do I pay for an inspection?
There are a number of ways to pay for an inspection. At Tiki we accept Visa/MC/Amex as well as certified cheques.
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Is there a difference between a home buyers and a home sellers inspection?
No. The home inspector will conduct the same inspection regardless of whether you are a home buyer or seller. It is the home inspector’s responsibility to report on the home’s condition no matter who has requested the inspection..
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What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

The International Association of Certified Home Inspector(InterNACHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.
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Who gets a copy of the report?
When you request an inspection, the contract is between you and the inspector. All information gathered and included in the report is yours and can not be published or distributed without your prior consent, as per our Standards of Pratice and Code Of Ethics.
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Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the single largest investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder 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 decisions with confidence.

If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.

If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition and help avoid the eleventh hour nogotiations.
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What will it cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as septic, well or radon testing.

Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your province’s regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide. Refer to Services for a list of costs.
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Why can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.

Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
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Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
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When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
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Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
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What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
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If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.
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What if I have questions after we move in?
Call us anytime, our commitment to our clients does not end after the inspection is complete. We would be very happy to assist you with any questions you may have about your new home.
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Service Area

We service Central and Northern Alberta including the following areas:

  • Edmonton and surrounding area, including Sherwood Park, St Albert, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Leduc, Beaumont, Camrose, Fort Saskatchewan, as well as St Paul.


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