Choosing a home inspector

While there is no formal licensing of home inspectors, reputable companies adhere
to the rigid standards of practice established by the Canadian Association of
Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI). Many other associations impose standards
as well.

Qualified inspection companies will provide a sample report to substantiate
that they abide by industry standards.

Once you have arranged for a home inspection, plan to accompany the inspector
for the entire procedure. "You have the right to be there, and leading
home inspection companies will encourage your presence", says Colin Smyth,
AmeriSpec of Canada.

Being there helps you to better understand the findings in the report, and
will reduce post-closing hassles. Don’t forget your list of questions and items
of concern. A thorough home inspection covers more than 1,000 items -everything
from foundation to roof- and takes two to three hours, depending on the size
of the property. The report should reflect the condition of about 400 items.

To help you choose a qualified company that will conduct a thorough inspection
of your property and provide you with an objective repot on the condition of
your home, call several candidates and ask the following questions:

. Are you a full time home inspection company?

. What will be inspected?

. May I attend the inspection?

. How much time will the inspection take?

. Do you provide an inspection agreement which defines the scope of the inspection?

. Do you follow industry standards?

. Do you carry errors and omissions insurance/ general liability insurance?

. Are you willing to supply me with a sample report?

. What will I receive with the inspection report?

. When will the report be ready?

More information on home inspections is available online at
or toll-free at 1 800 263 5928.