What Type of Inspections Do We Offer?
Pre Purchase Inspection
These are the most common inspections. They are designed to inform a prospective buyer of the overall condition of a dwelling. We will preform a visual examination of the accessible areas of a property and identify observed material defects within specific systems and components. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home. With this information you can make an informed decision on your purchase. If significant defects are discovered, you can use this information to negotiating a better sale price on the property.
Pre listing inspection
This inspection identifies existing or potential problems before your home goes on the market. We can prepare a report for you itemizing our findings in order of priority. We can discuss estimated costs for repairs. This information can help you decide what repairs you would like to do, or what condition you want your home to be in, before you list it on the market. It allows your listing price to reflect the actual value of the property. A Pre-Listing Inspection can help your home sell faster and fetch a better price.
After Purchase Inspection
We can help you identify repair and maintenance issues and create a list prioritizing them. This inspection is good anytime you need to have a better understanding of the condition of your home. This inspection is a good idea if you had to forego a pre purchase inspection in order to have your offer accepted in a hot market.
problem investigation inspection
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the cause of a problem. Try as you might to resolve it, the problem persist. At Apogee Inspections, we have almost 30 years experience in the construction industry and we have seen everything. We can help you discover the source of those nagging and persistent problems. Our experience has taught us what to look for in most instances. Sometimes, however, destructive testing is the only way to get to the bottom if a situation.
new construction/Renovation inspection
There are a lot of good builders/ contractor working in the industry but, sadly, there are plenty more that have room for improvement. Even if they adhere to the Building Code, and their work passes inspection, much can be missed, and problems may go unchecked, and in the end, it is the customer who suffers. In many ways the construction industry is still The Wild, Wild West. Often times the construction industry is so busy and it can be difficult for builders/contractors to find qualified people to do the work needed, and deadlines, or the next job, can put pressure on them to finish up as soon as possible.
Apogee Inspections can provide you with a third party, unbiassed and objective review of the completed work. We can give you piece of mind with a report that details the deficiencies we find during our inspection. It is easier to have deficiencies addressed before the final cheque is signed than it is to get the work done after.
2-5-10 warranty inspection
All new homes and apartments constructed with building permits are covered by the mandatory 2-5-10 Warranty Insurance. As a prospective buyer of a new home, you can check this data base to see if your builder is licensed. Minimum coverage and allowable exclusions for third-party home warranty insurance are set by legislation. British Columbia has the strongest construction defect insurance in Canada.
It is the owners responsibility to report deficiencies to the builder for remediation.
Apogee Inspections can inspect your home for deficiencies in workmanship for remediation by your builder prior to the expiration of your warranty to ensure you receive the most from your investment.
What is covered under a 2-5-10 Year Home Warranty Certificate in British Columbia:
2 Year Coverage on Material and Labour
• First 12 months – Coverage for defects in materials and labour for detached homes and strata units (including fee-simple homes).
• First 15 months – Coverage for defects in materials and labour for the common property of multi-unit strata buildings.
• First 24 months – Coverage for any defect in materials and labour supplied for the electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning delivery and distribution systems. In addition, coverage for any defect in materials and labour supplied for the exterior cladding, caulking, windows and doors that may lead to detachment or material damage to the new home
5 Year Coverage on Building Envelope
Coverage for the building envelope for up to five years for defects in the building envelope of a new home, including a defect which permits unintended water penetration such that it causes, or is likely to cause, material damage to the new home.
10 Year Coverage on Structural Defects
Coverage for structural defects for up to 10 years for:
• Any defect in materials and labour that results in the failure of a load-bearing part of the new home
• A defect that causes structural damage that materially and adversely affects the use of the new home for residential occupancy
Earthquake Preparedness Inspections
With a 1 in 3 chance of there being a major earthquake in British Columbia sometime in the next 30-50 years, the risk and danger is always on our minds. Learning what to do and how to prepare for an earthquake is often overlooked or unknown.
With Apogee Inspections, we can identify areas of your home that may be dangerous during an earthquake and tell you how to make them more safe. We can identify the locations of gas and water and electrical shutoffs so that you will be ready to react in an emergency situation. We can help you understand what you need in an Emergency Kit, understand portable generator safety, help you set up a Disaster Plan, know what to do when the ground starts shaking, and more.