FAQs

  • ”What is a home inspection?”
    In its simplest terms, a home inspection is a technical analysis of the major systems of a house, to find components that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. These include the Roofing, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Insulation, Plumbing and the Interior.
  • ”How long does a home inspection take?”
    A typical inspection should take 2 to 3 hours to complete. This can vary, given the current condition and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on. As a courtesy to sellers, we recommend that they be informed of the time frame in a pre-purchase home inspection situation.
  • ”What do you look at?”
    We inspect the major systems of the house. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. Our intention is to identify any existing major problems of the house prior to purchase.
  • ”What is included in the fee?”
    • Complete inspection conducted by an experienced and qualified inspector.
    • Comprehensively written digital home inspection report with pictures and diagrams.
    • Follow up after the inspection should you have any further questions.
  • ”Can I follow along?”
    Definitely! We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for all home buyers.
  • ”Do I have to take notes?”
    You certainly can, but you don’t have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a written digital report. It’s much better to follow the inspector though, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you, is of a concern or to discuss special subjective requirements.
  • ”Can I ask questions?”
    Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector’s comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation. Some inspectors will also show you how to perform basic maintenance on the furnace, humidifier, water heater, etc. For that reason alone, it is important that you attend the inspection.
  • ”Do I get a written report? When?”
    A digital report will be emailed to you, which includes a summary of the condition of the home and details on all the major systems of the home. It is delivered within 24 hours after the inspection. Traditionally same day.
  • ”What if I’m buying a new home?”
    No house is perfect and even brand new homes have flaws. But that doesn't mean you should give up the search for your dream home. It does mean that when you find the right house, you need to go one step further and find out what problems could arise in the future. Buying a house is one of the biggest investments most people will ever make, so it makes good sense to have it checked out by a professional. That is when you should call on the services of a reputable and qualified home inspection company like AllMax.
  • ”I have submitted my Tarion warranty form. Now what?”

    When you submit your warranty form you start the processes were your builder has a 120 day period during which he should carry out repairs or resolve warranty-related defects.

    • The builder's 120 day repair period for the 30-Day Form begins 31 days following the day you took possession.
    • The builder's 120 day repair period for the Year-End Form begins on the anniversary of the day you took possession.
    • The builder's 120 day repair period for warranted items listed on a Second Year Form begins on the day after Tarion receives the Form.
  • ”Do you offer a warranty on the house?”
    A home inspection is a professional opinion based on less-than-complete information. It’s a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: 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 only leak when specific weather conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As we did not build the structure or manufacture any of its components, we cannot and do not offer any kind of warranty on the house. Anyone who does promote such a service is merely taking advantage of your understanding and are typically hidden behind vague and obscure clauses / limitations which protect them and serve no purpose or value to yourself. Call it what it really is, a gimmick.
  • ”Resources”

    How to choose a home

    Tarion Warranty

    How to choose an Inspector

    Canadian Home Builders Association

    Canadian Home and Property Inspectors Association

    Electrical Safety Authority

    Water Damage / Mold Remediation Services

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