Owning a property requires a substantial investment of money and time. A thorough inspection of the property, performed by a licensed professional will help you protect your investment. Saving a few dollars on the inspection of a property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars may not be such a savings if something is missed. The cost of repairs can add up quickly.
Many factors are a part of pricing a home inspection. Factors such as the age and size of the home, the presence of suites or additional kitchens, distance to be traveled, additional services you may require and other factors, all have a bearing on the final cost of your inspection. A quick conversation will enable us to give you a firm quote on performing your inspection. Please contact us, or have us contact you by clicking on one of the links in the sidebar. We'd be honoured to talk with you and explain why Waldon Works Ltd. is a good choice for your inspection.
You are welcome attend the inspection. That way you can ask any questions you might have at the time, and Mitch has a good opportunity to both answer those questions, and explain any issues that have been discovered.
All Home Inspectors in the Province of Alberta are required by law (23.(1)) to provide a written report.
Waldon Works commits to having your report ready for you by midnight the day following the inspection. Our convenient Cloud based report handling system enables you to access the report online, even from your smart phone, without having to download a bulky PDF file. Quick and simple!
A standard Home Inspection is not a Building Code inspection. Licensed Professional Home Inspectors are not Safety Code Officers. Building Code, and it's interpretation, is a complex art, way beyond the training of a Licensed Home Inspector.
Building code changes. What was a proper building procedure in the 1970's may not be proper today. It's another one of the challenges when dealing with Building Code compliance.
Licensed Professional Home Inspectors are trained as generalists. They know about a broad range of systems, and have a basic understanding of the principles of Building Code. They are trained to identify safety issues, and defects in systems within the property. They can't know everything. They will often call for further inspection of a defect discovered during the inspection by a qualified professional.
A standard Home Inspection is not a pass/ fail thing. The purpose of the inspection is to identify safety issues and defects in the systems within the property. A thorough, unbiased report, based on an inspection by a qualified inspector will give you solid information that will help you decide how to proceed. If you are handy, and have the time and experience, perhaps some defects may not be as daunting to you as they might be if you don't. The cost of hiring a professional to effect repairs may be more than you are willing to pay. Perhaps you can negotiate with the home owner to have them make the repairs.
In the case of a pre-purchase inspection, what you do with the information provided in your inspection report is up to you and the seller. It is unreasonable to assume that the seller will fix every defect identified by the inspector prior to closing. All houses have defects. An inspection report gives you the information you need to make your decision about how to proceed with the purchase. Some issues identified may not be that serious or costly to correct. If you are handy and have the skills, maybe you don't mind taking on some repairs. Other items called out by the inspector may be quite costly to correct, and you may chose to renegotiate with the seller. You may even choose to look for a different property. It is a decision you have to make, sometimes involving further negotiations with the seller.
Inspections are a snapshot in time. All items in a home will eventually wear out. Home inspectors do not have a crystal ball! Even brand new equipment can break down. There is no way to predict the service life of any equipment or materials in a property. Experience can give an idea as to average life expectancies, but there are always exceptions. Some folks have 60 year old furnaces that are functioning just fine, although not very efficiently! Others have 5 year old units that are on their last legs. There is no way to guarantee life expectancy. All the inspector can certify is that the item was functional, or not leaking, or in good condition on the day of inspection.
People have used asbestos for over 2,000 years. As a material, it has many properties that make it very useful particularly in home construction materials. It's very durable, resistant to heat and abrasion, and can be used in many forms.
Most typically in Edmonton, asbestos can be found in some types of pipe wrap, vermiculite insulation, and floor tiles. It can also be found in siding and roofing materials, as well as other materials. Only proper testing can tell for sure whether or not a particular material contains asbestos.
Health problems arise when asbestos fibres become airborne. The fibres can penetrate deep into the lungs, where they can cause a number of health problems, including asbestosis and mesothelioma.
(See also Canadian Health Service's information and the Alberta Asbestos Abatement manual about asbestos.)
The presence of asbestos in a property becomes a concern when it is in a friable, or loose state and becomes disturbed. Left in an undisturbed state, the presence of asbestos does not create significant health concerns. If potentially asbestos containing materials are discovered in the property during an inspection, and they may be subject to mechanical damage, it would be best to contact a professional asbestos abatement and removal company. They will be able to confirm the presence of asbestos, and may be able to use abatement techniques to seal the material in place, rather than go through an expensive removal process.