Q: Why is having a home inspection so important?
A: Buying a home could be the single largest investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing home before you buy it. The home inspection may identify the need for major repairs, or building 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 future decisions in confidence.
Q: Do I have to attend the home inspection?
A: It’s a good idea to attend the home inspection because any questions you may have can usually be answered. It’s important for sellers to keep in mind the inspector has not been retained to point out all of the good aspects of the home, and they should not feel offended when the inspector points out a defect or potential defects.
Q: How long does a home inspection take?
A: The process usually takes three to four hours depending on size, age and condition of the home.
Q: Why should I choose AmeriSpec over a local competitor?
A: AmeriSpec has more than 150 independently owned and operated businesses with insured, well-trained inspectors who perform more than 80,000 inspections annually in the Canada and the United States. An AmeriSpec Home Inspection is a visual inspection of over 400 items and 1000 check-points including the foundation, roof and structural components, plus visible electrical, plumbing and mechanical operating systems of the property. At AmeriSpec of Windsor, Sarnia & Chatham, we also perform a thermal imaging scan on every property we inspect at no extra cost. Our inspectors are not only fully trained on all the major structural and mechanical components of your new home, but will offer valuable information on the maintenance and safety aspects of these items. We will talk to you in plain, understandable terms, and will put things into a context of what is serious, what is not-so-serious and what is simply recommended.
Q: Why is thermal imaging beneficial during a home inspection?
A: An infrared thermographic inspection is a powerful, non-destructive and non-invasive means of diagnosing the overall condition of a home. The infrared camera detects infrared energy well before it can be seen with the naked eye. A trained thermographer can assist in identifying active moisture issues, electrical hot spots, missing insulation, and areas of heat loss.
Q: What is included in a General Home Inspection?
A: A general home inspection includes the visual inspection of major structures and systems. Home buyers will receive a written report in an AmeriSpec binder, along with a CD copy of all photos taken during the inspection, a home maintenance manual, seasonal maintenance checklist, tips for home improvement and home care, and our current promotional items.
Q: How much is a general home inspection?
A: Our prices are determined by the type and size of the building. Please call us at (888) 738-7620 for pricing.
Q: How soon can I schedule an inspection?
A: When you call, we can usually schedule you an appointment for the following day. We book up to three inspections per day per inspector. Please book your inspection as soon as possible to get your desired appointment time.
Q: What if I need to reschedule or cancel my inspection?
A: If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment for any reason, please let us know immediately. We require you inform us of a cancelled or changed inspection 24 hours prior to the appointment.
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: Our office is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Inspectors are available for any day of the week. Our inspections generally start at 9 AM and our last inspection is booked at 4 PM. As we do require daylight to inspect the outside of a home, evening appointments can only be arranged in the spring/summer months.
Q: What are the credentials for each inspector? How long has an inspector been in this business?
A: For information about our inspectors, please check out their bio pages.
Q: If I refer AmeriSpec to a customer, am I liable?
A: AmeriSpec inspectors have extensive Errors and Omissions insurance. This means both you and your clients are protected if something should happen during an inspection. For further details, call us at (888) 738-7620
ENERGY EVALUATION FAQs
Q: What is an energy evaluation?
A: An energy evaluation is a heat loss analysis of a building’s energy deficiencies. The assessment involves the use of sophisticated diagnostic technologies such as a “blower door” (depressurization) test, infrared imaging and inspection cameras, as well as state-of-the-art computer software. Based on the evaluation results, the energy advisor will recommend and prioritize upgrades so you optimize savings while contributing to a healthier environment.
Q: What is a “blower door” test?
A: A blower door test is a diagnostic tool used to determine the amount and location of air leakage present in a home. Its benefits focus on the durability, comfort and energy efficiency of the property under investigation. By making recommended improvements, our clients have the opportunity to protect building materials from moisture damage; reduce drafts and cold spots; improve indoor air quality and humidity control; and essentially create a cleaner, quieter, more comfortable home. In turn, the homeowner enjoys an overall reduction in home energy costs and a contribution to a greener planet.
Q: How does my home’s energy efficiency affect the environment?
A: The residential sector makes up approximately 17% of Canada’s secondary energy use. By saving energy at home, we do our part in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, thus helping to control climate change and global warming.