FAQ’s

Whether you’re a potential buyer looking to purchase a house or simply want to keep your home in pristine shape for future buyers, you probably have questions about the necessity of home inspections for both buyers and sellers. Jesal  Home Inspections has provided answers to some of the most common concerns about inspections and general home maintenance. For questions that can’t be answered here, feel free to call us 778.552.8095.

Why is it important to have a home inspected?

It is advantageous for potential homebuyers to learn as much as possible about a house before committing to such a large purchase. A pre-purchase inspection can uncover existing problems or builder oversights, allowing you to make a decision with confidence.
Planning to sell your home in Vancouver? Having an inspector evaluate your house before listing it may help identify repairs that could decrease the value of the home. Even if you’re not looking to sell at this time, you can still benefit from an annual inspection to determine your home’s condition and ensure it is safe and sound for your family.

What does a standard home inspection include?

When performing an inspection, our home inspector will thoroughly examine the structural and mechanical elements of a house to determine their quality and functionality. This includes evaluating the heating and air conditioning systems, interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation and basement, and other structural components.

Does your home inspector check appliances?

Yes, our home inspector will test all major appliances for basic functionality (Turn off and on or short cycle). Please don’t expect us to run a load of laundry or even bake a cake !!!

My uncle knows a guy is in construction and he can do my inspection, thanks

A construction background is not comparable to the knowledge and background of a professional inspector who has conducted hundreds, or thousands, of home inspections. Construction knowledge is really a small part of the home inspection. A house is comprised of various systems all of which work together. Your inspector is objective – your friend or relative is not. A professional inspector’s judgment is not affected by affiliation. An experienced inspector is worth his weight in gold. He should be not only qualified, but certified and demonstrate that he has good experience with the process. The best associations have criteria that they require and expect of not only the inspector, but the report he produces afterwards. The report that is generated is crucial to the process, not only for the buyer but also the seller. Things should be clear. Things should be professional.

Should I accompany the inspector during the home inspection?

We do encourage our customers to be present during the inspection process if at all possible, as it allows you to walk through the home with our inspector, giving you the opportunity to address any immediate questions or concerns. It also lets the inspectors explain things in person and cover items not covered in their report. You might want to know where certain shut-off valves are located, how systems work, which switches control appliances, and so forth. The report will be easier to understand if you have been there and seen the house with the inspector.

Should the seller(s) be present for the inspection?

Generally, no: There are some things that work, and then there are some things that don’t work. Having the Seller present during an Inspection is something that often does not work! A professional Home Inspection, by its very design, is intended to be thorough and complete. Often times a Seller can become defensive because he feels the privacy of his home is being invaded. Sometimes a Seller can even become angry, if defects are found, or areas of “do-it-yourself” renovations are noted. Remember, this is your inspection: This is the time for you and the Inspector to look at the house, and be able to freely discuss what you are seeing without fear of hurting someone’s (the Seller’s) feelings. When a Home Inspection is scheduled, it is important to emphasize this to your Realtor. If you happen to be purchasing a home without the services of a Realtor, then the responsibility of interacting directly with the seller, will be totally up to you. It can sometimes be difficult asking a seller not to be present, during the Inspection. After all, this is still his home. We have found, however, that if at all possible, it is the best route to take

Does the house pass/fail an inspection?

No, not really. A home inspection is a look at the house on the day of the inspection. It is not a code-compliance evaluation, city or county inspection or appraisal of market value. There is a huge market for buyers who are looking for properties that has not been cared for. Those buyers want to fix it up and sell it at a profit. Their objectives are different than the average buyer. Either way, the home inspection is a description of the house on that day.

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?

A home inspection is a professional opinion based on the condition of the property on the day of inspection.

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.

Please check out our premium inspection package which offers over $10, 000 in protection and peace of mind.

I think my home may have a mold problem. What should I do?

A mold inspection is the best way to assess a home for mold problems.

Jesal Home Inspections offers a number of different mold-related services, including sampling and infrared services in basements, crawl spaces, and attics.

Our inspectors will use their expertise to figure out the probability of mold in a house and then advise you on ways to control and even prevent it.

Home Inspection fees?

Cost is probably not the best question to ask of your inspector. Cheaper is usually not better. Be sure to check out his experience. You probably wouldn’t search for the cheapest realtor, architect, lawyer or surgeon, but the one who has the experience you are looking for. Qualifications, experience, professional affiliations and abilities are the most important criteria to ask questions about.
While you may haggle and go for a cheaper quote – keep in mind the amount of money you can save if you hire an experienced inspector that finds the big issues. For example, if your inspector determines the home needs a new roof, a leaky water tank, or foundation damage – the inspection just paid for itself. (many many times).

This will help the home buyer make educated choices and bargain with the seller appropriately. If you are selling your home, these are items that you can take care of before selling so that you might be able to increase your asking price or you won’t have to worry about decreasing your asking price because of issues found.

At Jesal Home Inspections, we offer 3 different inspection packages to suit every client and budget.

To request a quote on any of our services, feel free to contact us- 7 days a week

If the home inspection reveals a really clean, well maintained home with few problems, should I have even gotten the home inspection to begin with?

Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence.

You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.

Peace of mind is worth a million bucks!

What kind of report do you give?

We use the Horizon reporting software, which is an online based reporting . This reports include several high-quality photos, detailed notes, and a summary page.
Your report will be ready within 24 hours but most of time, it will be ready before the night is up.
In addition to the report, we offer lifetime phone advisory.

Feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or queries you may have as long as you live in the home.

How many days notice do I give you?

When the sale of a home is conditional on the results of a home inspection, we recommend that you allow at least three to five days to arrange for a home inspection. Time requirements will vary depending on season.

We are a busy firm, for good reason, and planning ahead will allow us to better serve you.

What happens if I have questions after you’ve completed the inspection?

Jesal Home Inspections takes pride in earning and keeping the trust of our customers for life. We make it a priority to provide continuous, professional service during every step of the inspection process and even after for all our clients.

If you ever have home related questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 778.552.8095