- Your Home Inspection is backed by bonded and insured inspectors using the latest tools and techniques.
- Your Home Inspection Report will be delivered by email within two hours of the inspection being completed.
- We provide best in class service at affordable rates while hedging all associated risks.
- We provide a written Home Inspection Report with photographs, usually at the conclusion of the inspection.
- Certified and Licensed with more than 100 hours of Provincially approved classroom training and continuous online learning created by industry professionals.
Steps Required In Purchasing A Home
One of the now required steps in purchasing a home, whether a detached single family home or a condominium is the dreaded home inspection.
This process can be nerve wracking for buyers, especially first-time buyers who may not have grown up fixing things or building things except Minecraft palaces and forts. Buyers are led to believe they can find a perfect house that needs no work and will never need maintenance. This precept is bound to lead to disappointment. A good home inspector will help a less sophisticated buyer revise their expectations when it comes to home ownership.
First, an inspector will contextualize the house as to its age, location, and environmental impacts. Secondly, the inspector will help the buyer understand the house as a system, starting with the chimney cap and following through the drain in the basement floor. Along the way, the inspector will assess the building envelope, including the roof, the outer cladding, the windows, and the foundation.
The main enemy to house integrity is water. Whether penetrating through the roof, through failed window seals, behind siding or stucco or seeping through cracks in the foundation, nothing will destroy a house faster than leaks.
Even if the buyer knows nothing about house construction, most have heard the word ‘Code’, as in the phrase ‘built to code.’ What this means is that the home has been built to legislated standards as outlined in the Provincial Building Code. In addition, during construction the house is periodically inspected by Provincial Building Code Inspectors. We can find stamps and labels that these inspectors have left behind as proof of their visits.
Unfortunately building codes change over time as problems are discovered and solutions put in place. The other force changing building codes is improving construction materials and techniques. Sealed double pane glass windows have largely replaced the wooden double hung windows found in older homes.
How Code Changes Affect Home Inspections
A home is a snapshot of construction techniques and code requirements in effect at the time the house was built. As materials and technology changes over time, these changes are reflected in the materials and building requirements incorporated in each individual home.
Home Inspectors approach houses as a system. The house system is designed to
- shed water without allowing it to penetrate or re-enter the building envelope at any point.
- withstand wind without losing or suffering damage to components such as roofing, siding or doors and windows, and
- keep the conditioned air, meaning heated or cooled or filtered air, inside, and when it does inevitably escape allowing it to escape the house without taking too much heat or coolness with it and not deposit moisture where it will accumulate and damage the structure.
- provide a safe, functional environment for living.
Let's look at how the house system has changed over the years and what the inspector will identify as a deficiency.
Timing is a critical element of Home Inspections. Be sure to inform your specialist of your Condition Dates. Inspections are the "Due Diligence" portion of the purchase of a home and are used to satisfy Conditions. Remember, an informed buyer is a smart buyer.
Home Inspections take on average 2-3 hours. We will respond as quickly as possible but 24 hours notice is often required.
All of our contracts and reports are delivered via email and stored online for your access convenience.
Each client receives a 150 page Home Owner's Manual to help with annual maintenance and upkeep.
An inspection will visually examine the major systems of the house, including basement, the wiring, plumbing, windows and roof. Decks and pools, saunas and hot tubs can all be inspected as a condition of a sale or as preparation by the home owner prior to listing.
Inspections can cover:
- The structure and components of the home itself
- Systems such as plumbing, electrical, building envelope and roofing
- Foundation, windows, insulation
- Garage and site grade
We provide a written Home Inspection Report with photographs, usually at the conclusion of the Home Inspection. Information the client can use to make an informed decision.
We do not make buy or not buy recommendations nor do we remediate defects or make predictions or warranties about the life of appliances, furnaces, water heaters or roofs.
Home Inspectors are prohibited from doing work on any property they inspect for 12 months from the date of Home Inspection. Consult with your real estate professional.
Home Inspections take on average 2-3 hours. Click here to book your Home Inspection now. We will respond as quickly as possible but 24 hours notice is often required.
We accept Bitcoin
Here are 47 Home Inspection Issues in Under 3 Minutes
A compilation of video clips from Structure Tech Home Inspections, a Minneapolis home inspection company. This is just a taste of what home inspectors can find and document for a buyer.
Our Services include: Condo Document Review | Home Inspection
We offer Home Inspection services to clients across Airdrie, Calgary, Okotoks, Nanton, Stavely, Claresholm, Granum, Banff, Canmore, Dead Man's Flats, Kananaskis, Morley, Strathmore, AB.
We do not charge for travel.
Certified with more than 100 hours of Provincially approved classroom training and continuous online learning created by industry professionals.
Your Home Inspection is backed by bonded and insured Home Inspectors using the latest tools and techniques. Your Home Inspection Report will be delivered by email within two hours of the Home Inspection being completed.