Home Inspection FAQ



What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property. A home inspection is designed to identify observed material defects within specific systems and components of said dwelling 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.

What is a material defect?

A material defect is a condition with a residential 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.

What is a home inspection report?

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.

When do I need a home inspection?

Are you buying a home?

A pre-purchase home inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection can reveal material defects and safety concerns about the property that can assist you in your decision to purchase the property. If major repairs are required on the property, the cost can often be negotiated into the final purchase price or repairs can be done by the vendor prior to purchase.

Selling a home?

Having your home inspected before you have it listed on the market can make your home easier and faster to sell. A pre-listing inspection can prevent surprises from cropping up at closing time and provide prospective buyers with an atmosphere of good faith and confidence. By knowing about problems in advance, you can then decide if you wish to fix the problem or disclose it to the buyer.

What If the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. If the inspector finds problems in a home, it does not mean you shouldn’t buy it. It means that you will know in advance what to expect. If your on a tight budget, or if you don’t want to deal with repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to reduce the price.

How long does a home inspection take?

It depends on the size of the property, it’s age and the condition of the house. A home inspection usually takes two to four hours. It is important that the inspector has access to all areas of the house to do a complete and proper inspection. Inspections are sometimes limited by inaccessible or locked areas or systems and excessive personal belongings.

How much does a home inspection cost?

The fee for a home inspection varies according to the type of property (house, townhouse or condominium), the age and the condition of the property. Prices can start from the mid $300 range up to over $800.  

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.

How can I book an inspection with apogee inspections?

It's easy. Click here and you can call us, or send us a message and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Is it still too easy to become a home inspector in BC?

In a word, yes. All the educational institutions recognized in BC to train future home inspectors will take anyone who is capable of writing a cheque. Be sure the person that you hire to do inspections has real world experience in the construction industry. There really is no substitute for experience.

Should I attend the inspection?

It is not necessary but it is recommended. If you are present during the inspection than we can present to you, in person, what we have found during our inspection. We can talk you through our presentation of the photos we took, answer your questions and spend some time with you as we walk around the house discussing our findings. If you can not attend the inspection, that’s ok too. Our reports are designed to clearly and intelligibly present to you our findings complete with photos, diagrams and easy to understand narratives.