Do you want to buy a property?
A pre-purchase inspection is required to make sure that there are no unpleasant surprises waiting for you such as major work that you do not suspect.
In this article, you will get all the information you need about the cost and the role of a building inspector.
First of all, it should be noted that there is no fixed price for a pre-purchase inspection in Quebec. Prices may vary from one area to another.
Regarding the inspection of a residential property (or undivided condo), you can estimate the cost of the pre-purchase inspection between $450 and $550 plus taxes. Some inspectors may charge a surplus of approximately $50 if the house is over 50 years old.
For a (split) condo, you will probably pay less, between $300 and $400 plus taxes. The fact is that condos are generally smaller than a house which reduces the time required to carry out the inspection as well as fees to pay to the building inspector.
The cost of inspecting an apartment building can range from $450 to $550. However, add $50/apartment unit.
The price for a multiplex inspection depends on the number of units. If it takes between $550 and $650 for a duplex, it is better to allocate between $600 and $700 for a triplex. As for the inspection of a quintuplex, the costs can be as high as $800.
You may also want to have only a part of your building inspected.
To check the roof and attic or to check the exterior of the home and the lot, a pre-purchase inspector will generally charge between $150 and $250.
Inspection of the foundation drain and detection of heat loss (thermal inspection) will cost on average between $200 and $300.
Finally, if you wish to have an attached garage inspected, some inspectors may charge additional fees ranging from $25 to $50.
Keep in mind that the price of inspecting a home may vary if the property you are inspecting has more areas to be inspected. The prices mentioned above are indicative to help you understand the general rates.
A host of things will be checked when you hire a home inspector. He checks the structure and assesses the risks to your health.
Here are some examples of what should be checked:
Inside homes built between the 1950s and the early 1980s, insulating foam sheets (mineral wool) often contain asbestos vermiculite (pellets that look like feed for hamsters). It is important not to stir this insulator so as not to breathe the highly carcinogenic asbestos particles which would emerge from it. In the 1970s, this type of mineral wool was mainly used to insulate attics. An inspection duly carried out by a professional inspector from the Home Inspection Quotes’ network may reveal the presence of vermiculite in your home.
Since the home inspector has all the knowledge necessary to spot many potential problems, he will also be able to protect you from mold. He will therefore be able to identify places that are conducive to the growth of mold such as a room with a slightly higher humidity level than normal.
The place is full of attractive features and possible underlying problems. A pre-purchase inspection by fiber optic camera will reveal if the roots of these trees have made their way to the water contained in the drains foundation, causing cracks or plugging of them and risk of water infiltration by the foundation of your home. Also, the foundation drains of older houses were sometimes made with cement, hence, a risk of breakage due to the effect of frost and thawing.
If you want a home located in an environment where construction is more recent, a pre-purchase inspection will reassure you as to the quality of the installation of the foundation drain: adequate crushed stones, a counter-channel that removes water from your home, pipes that are not deformed by the pressure of the ground, etc. Finally, if you plan to buy your new home in an area where the soil is sandy (numerous iron particles), a pre-purchase inspection of the foundation drains will establish whether they are affected by ferrous ocher. A camera inspection will show if there is this reddish and muddy deposit that can block the duct.
Buildings with flat roofs are present in many municipalities in Quebec. Many defects that can cause water damage can be hidden in this type of roof. Not visible and difficult to access, it often happens that only building inspection professionals can detect them. Certain situations should not be taken lightly, such as:
In fact, many such problems that can arise with any type of roof.
Also, some cracks in the walls can be highly problematic or superficial. A professional will be able to distinguish between the two in order to give you the correct time because there is a huge difference between a damaged gypsum sheet and a structure which is likely to collapse in the medium or long term. This is the case with the presence of pyrrhotite in concrete, in particular.
Learn more about hidden defects in a house.
Real estate transactions involve large sums of money that have a huge impact on people’s finances. It is, therefore, important to obtain a detailed analysis of the condition of the property as you would with a used automobile which is inspected by a garage.
As the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) states,
“The buyer, seller, owner, or anyone wishing to make an informed decision on a house or property based on objective information must call on a professional CAHPI member for the building inspection”
In Quebec, a building inspector is not subject to specific regulations as is the case for real estate brokers, for example. This absence of a legislative framework, therefore, does not allow consistency in the quality of the services offered which makes your choice of an inspector more difficult.
By completing the online request form on this page, you will receive, promptly and free of charge, up to three (3) quotes from reputable building inspectors in your area.
You are under no obligation to hire unless you are completely satisfied.
It is advisable to take the time to compare the offers received. Above all, don’t make the mistake of only comparing prices. It is important to consider several other factors:
A pre-purchase inspection report must be professional as it constitutes a legal document in the event of a lawsuit.
To conclude on the question therefore: should we then inspect the property ourselves to save money? The answer is NO! Even if you are knowledgeable in construction, there are too many factors to consider in order to produce a credible analysis and detailed report. You could miss something major that will ultimately cost you a small fortune.
We therefore advise you to choose an inspector who is a member of the Association of Building Inspectors of Quebec or the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors. These associations are responsible for ensuring the quality of the services provided.
Also, are you aware of all of the possible violations of the building code and standards? It is important to have the proper knowledge to avoid future complications.
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