About a Home or Property Inspection

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What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is intended to assist in the evaluation of the overall condition of a dwelling. A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific systems and components that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home, as identified and agreed to by the Client and the Inspector, prior to the inspection process. The inspection may be limited by vegetation and possessions.

A material defect is a condition with a real property, or any portion of it, that have a significant adverse impact of the value of the real property, or that involves an unreasonable risk to people on the property. The fact that a structural element, system or subsystem is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal useful life of a structural element, system or subsystem, is not by itself a material defect.

An inspection report shall describe and identify, in written format, the inspected system, structure, and components of the dwelling and shall identify material defects observed. Inspection reports may contain recommendations regarding conditions reported or recommendations for correction, monitoring or further evaluation by professionals, but this is not required.

Inspections are performed in accordance with the current Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors. The Standards contain certain and very important limitations, exceptions, and exclusions to the inspection. The InterNACHI Standards of Practice can be viewed here.The inspector and this inspection comply with the Consumer Protection BC rules and regulations governing the licensing of home inspectors.

A home inspection will not revel every concern that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the day of the inspection. For your safety and liability purposes, we recommend that licensed contractors evaluate and repair any critical concerns and defects. We recommend that the professional making any repairs inspect the property further, in order to discover and repair related problems that were not identified in the report. We recommend that all repairs, corrections, and cost estimates be completed and documented prior to closing or purchasing the property. We recommend that you or your representative carry out a final walk-through inspection immediately before closing to check the condition of the property, using our inspection report as a guide. Feel free to hire other professionals to inspect the property prior to closing, including HVAC professionals, electricians, engineers, or roofers, etc. The person conducting your inspection is not a licensed structural engineer or other professional whose license authorizes the rendering of an opinion as to the structural integrity of a building or its other component parts.

No warranty, guarantee, or insurance by Apogee Inspections is expressed or implied. Our reports do not include inspection for wood destroying insects, mold, lead or asbestos unless expressly written in the inspection agreement. A representative sampling of the building components are viewed in areas that are accessible at the time of the inspection. No destructive testing or dismantling of components is performed. Not all defects will be identified during this inspection. Unexpected repairs should be anticipated.