What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical condition of a home (or other building). This is usually, but not always, connected to the sale of that home or building and its findings often determine the successful completion of that sale.

A home inspection will usually include an examination of the foundation and basement, roof, attic, heating and water systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself. An inspector will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues. Importantly, they will also make note of any fire and safety issues that need to be addressed.

Home Inspections are not conducted on a pass or fail basis; it provides a report that shows an itemized list of the condition of the home or building and any work that should be done. An inspection is conducted in about 95% of all real estate home transactions.

SERVICES

Residential Home Inspections

A home inspection isn’t just about protecting your investment, but also about protecting you and your family. The home inspectors at A Buyer’s Choice Spruce Grove understand this and take their profession very seriously. They know they are an integral part in your decision to make the biggest investment of your life. Though not mandatory in every province in Canada, a residential home inspection should be a part of every real estate transaction. It is the best way to ensure that everyone is protected.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging uses infra-red technology to perform a fast and reliable scan of all surface temperatures. This can be a tremendously useful means of finding problems in a home, even when no visible clues exist. This may include insulation deficiencies, moisture leaks, electrical hot spots, and even improper construction practices.

We are infra-red certified and provide a full thermal scan of every room as part of our Home Inspection service, or it can be provided separately.

Spot missing insulation. See areas of significant heat loss. Locate moisture and plumbing leaks.

Pre-sale Inspections

Home inspections aren’t just for home buyers. Home sellers also gain peace of mind by investing in a thorough certified home inspection prior to putting a house up for sale. The last minute discovery of problems by a prospective buyer can lead to time delays, added expenses and can even stop a deal altogether. Your best prevention measure as a home seller is to have a certified inspection done prior to listing your home.

Premium Home Inspections

Are you purchasing or selling a large, high-end home? You may want to take advantage of our Premium Certified Home Inspection, our top-end service. It includes our full inspection service, but is specifically designed for exclusive homes.

WETT Certified Inspection

With the price of oil rising, more and more people are turning to wood burning systems to heat their homes. While cheaper than oil, it also poses a greater risk of fire. If you currently heat your home (completely or partially) with wood, it is in your best interest to have your system inspected by a Wood Energy Technical Transfer (WETT) specialist. In fact, most insurance companies today require a WETT certification to honor your policy.

Renovation Deficiency Inspections

You’ve watched those shows on TV and know the nightmares that can arise from home renovations when done improperly. Sub-standard materials, poor workmanship or jobs left unfinished. Colin can assess a renovation job near completion to make sure everything is being done correctly - before you make that final payment!

Home Maintenance Inspections

Home Maintenance Inspections are for homeowners who want to take a proactive approach to home maintenance. Failure to maintain it properly can damage your home and downgrade its value.

A home maintenance inspection by A Buyer’s Choice - Spruce Grove will identify the areas of your home that need attention. This will include the roof, gutters and drain spouts, fireplaces and chimneys, furnaces and air conditioning, smoke detectors and other safety equipment, plumbing and faucets, windows and doors, basement walls and drains.

Our inspection will provide you with a complete list of problems that require immediate attention, things that should be dealt with soon, and things that should be noted, but are not urgent.

New Home Warranty Inspection Services

Make sure you have A Buyer’s Choice home inspector look at your home before your new home warranty expires. Our inspector will examine your home's structure, mechanical and electrical systems to identify defects and other problems.

Mold and Indoor Air Quality Testing

Mold & Air Quality Inspections Mould and Indoor Air Quality is a great concern for many home owners. We now offer Mould Testing for visible Mould and Air Sampling for Mould spores.

We use the latest technology for Testing and sampling available, that will provide accurate and dependable results.

Our On-Site Visit will include a Visual Inspection, Moisture mapping and Thermal Imaging. The most important aspect of the Inspection is to find the cause of the issue and provide solutions.

Thousands of Canadians suffer from Upper Respiratory conditions such as Asthma. This could be caused by poor Indoor Air Quality or the presence of Asthma Triggers. Indoor Air Testing will provide a list of potential Asthma Triggers and help you improve your life.