About Home Inspections in Vancouver
Benefits of a Home Inspection
Buyers - Pre-Purchase Inspection:
A professional home inspection provides buyers with a thorough understanding of the condition of the home. This provides buyers with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions. Our comprehensive written report covers deficiencies as well as positive features.
Sellers - Pre-Listing Inspection:
Pre-inspections are a very strong selling point for sellers. An inspection can prevent surprises from cropping up at closing time and provide prospective buyers with an atmosphere of good faith and confidence. By knowing about problems in advance, you can then decide if you wish to fix the problem or disclose it to the buyer. Pre-listing inspections make your home easier and faster to sell!
Agents - Pre-Listing Inspection:
A home inspection benefits the relationship between the agent and purchaser in many ways:
Inspections... who pays us?
- Provide "Peace of Mind" for buyers
- Enhance your professional image and credibility
- Reduced delays at closing time
- Reduced "after sale" problems
- Reduce after-sale law suits
- More referrals from satisfied clients
- Sell homes faster
- Demonstrate your good faith and instill confidence
- Provide a marketing advantage
We are paid by you, the prospective buyer. Although a realtor may refer us, you are our client. This allows for an independent, conflict-free, inspection of your prospective new home.
Our fees are based on the time required to conduct a thorough inspection and prepare a detailed report of our findings.
Our Inspections Include:
We also test mechanical systems:
- General Safety and Security
- All rooms in the interior living space
- Building envelope, framing, structure and foundation
- Roofing and Gutters
- Siding and soffits
- Doors and windows
- Interior Flooring, Ceiling and Walls
- Foundations and crawl spaces
- Attics and Garages
- Chimney and Fireplace
- Built-in Kitchen Appliances
- Bathroom Fixtures
- Walkways, Patios, Decks, Driveways
- Perimeter Drainage
For condos and townhouses we:
- Electrical Service
- Plumbing and Hot Water Supply
- Heating Equipment (HVAC)
- Custom installations, such as saunas or hot tubs
Many home buyers believe that it is the role of government regulatory authorities to ensure that new buildings are properly constructed and that older buildings meet current standards. This is simply not the case. Building codes are designed to ensure that buildings meet health and safety standards. Even in the rare jurisdiction where they are vigourously enforced, these regulations do not guarantee overall construction quality. Plumbing, wiring and roofing may not have been inspected thoroughly or at the right stage of construction. Design, workmanship, finishes, landscaping and driveways are all areas which are not covered by regulations, and are often the focus of complaints by new home owners. Any one of these, or a host of other elements, could cost you an arm and a leg.
- Review of strata council minutes to identify possible problem areas and assess maintenance schedules
- Inspection of all accessible common areas
- Visual inspection of the common mechanical systems such as life safety systems
- General overview of roof and building envelope
› Click here for a list of questions to ask before selecting a house inspector.
To book your home inspection in Vancouver, call us at 604.271.2005 or book an inspection online.
Our Vancouver home inspectors service Metro Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Langley, and the Gulf Islands on special request.
The prelisting inspection that Home Sweet Home Inspections provided for my Seller was very helpful in securing a fast sale for both parties. The report was very thorough and provided the buyer with a clear picture of the homes condition along with recommendations for future repairs. It was written in an neutral, professional and knowledgeable manner. Both Seller and Buyer were very satisfied with the ease of the transaction because the condition of the home was presented up front, eliminating the stressful renegotiation process that sometimes comes up after an inspection. Thanks Chris.
Thank you for this report, it's absolutely fantastic. Much more thorough than I thought it would be. The recommendations you've made are great and if I'm the lucky new owner, they will be implemented! I'm putting the offer in this afternoon, so we all have our fingers crossed. Thanks once again for coming on such short notice, I really appreciated it.
The report was exceptionally thorough, complete and helpful. The format was so easy to read and detailed.
M. Meyer, Vancouver
You were very thorough - I've purchased many homes over the years and your information was the best of the bunch.
We liked the details and full coverage of the report, and also the speed at receiving the full written report.
T & P Furlong, Vancouver