Do I really need an Inspection?

Of course we believe you do, that's why we're here. But for another opinion click here to read an article by HGTV's Scott McGillivray regarding Home Inspections. ​(This is not an endorsement of TKR Home Inspection. It is here for information only)

What do you look for?

Our main objective is to locate material defects. A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect. We will also make note of observed deficiencies and provide recommendations for their correction .

What happens if you miss something?

We participate in the 90 day Buy-Back Program provided by InterNACHI. Click here for details.

How much does an inspection cost?

A popular question, but not the most important. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.Our typical fee for an inspection is $450.00. (Click on Fees for complete info). However, some factors will affect the fee.

What is included in the fee?

• A complete home inspection including thermal scan done by a Certified Professional Inspector. (CPI)

• Comprehensive written home inspection report.

• Technical support for as long as you need it.

Should I be there?

Definitely! We want you to be there! The inspection is a valuable learning experience for most home-buyers.

Do I need to take notes?

​It's not necessary but feel free to take notes if you want. Everything will be in your written report. Follow the inspector through and listen to his comments. Feel free to stop the inspector at anytime to further explain anything that wasn't clear.

Can I ask questions?

Absolutely!  We hope you have many.  If the inspector's comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.

What should I wear?

You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2 1/2 hours walking through the home with the inspector. We can't allow you to climb on the roof or go into the attic, so your clothes won't get dirty.

Can I bring my family?

We recommend that you do not bring small children; this is a technical evaluation, and you should focus on the inspector's comments - the fewer distractions, the better.

Do I get a written report?

You do receive a written report. The report includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is normally delivered electronically later the same day.

If it's really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?

No. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, focusing on the items that could be a major expense. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.

Do you offer a warranty on the house?

Unfortunately we cannot. A home inspection is a professional opinion based on a non-invasive visual inspection. Its a lot like going to the Doctor for a check-up, it improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.

Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house - they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people use the shower but don't leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements will leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.

Are you licensed, qualified and insured?

We are certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. (InterNachi). We follow a stringent Standards of Practice while doing inspections and also adhere to a strict code of ethics. We are licensed by the Province of Alberta and carry Errors & Omissions insurance as well as General Liability coverage.

We also maintain our skills with continuing education programs.

Are you members of any professional organizations?

We are members of InterNachi and The Alberta Association of Certified Home Inspectors

How many days notice do you require?

We are ready to serve you quickly. However, when the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you allow at least three days to arrange for a home inspection.