When you request a pre-purchase inspection, the goal is to find out if there are any signs of potential problems.
You want to know the exact condition of the property and all of the components that make up the property.
According to the standard of practice of the Quebec Association of Building Inspectors (AIBQ), the pre-purchase inspection consists of “making a visual examination of all systems and all installed components that are easily accessible”.
The inspector then usually has between 7-10 days to submit a written report. This report:
Here is a detailed but not exhaustive list of what the pre-purchase inspector should examine:
If there is no significant indication proving the probable existence of an anomaly, the pre-purchase inspector is not obliged to recommend digging around the foundations or making the interior of the walls accessible.
Although the objective of the pre-purchase inspector is not to carry out a detailed analysis of the building structure, each element must still be scrutinized, such as:
A pre-purchase inspector is not required to analyze everything and see everything. However, a property inspection carried out in a professional manner will have taken into account:
Has water seeped into the back?
Are there weepers or weeping tiles?
Are there any cracks?
In addition, a pre-purchase inspector will check if the wood is rotten on the:
A pre-purchase inspector is under no obligation to suggest ways to correct the problems found. Rather, he will choose to recommend the intervention of an expert, depending on the area of expertise (architect, engineer, entrepreneur, mason, etc.)
The pre-purchase inspection also covers:
There are persons who pose as pre-purchase inspectors because the discipline is not yet supervised and regulated. Someone with a strong and dynamic personality, with persuasion skills, and who communicates with ease and knows a little about property inspections may volunteer to do the inspection. This will not benefit you in any way if you ever need to go to court regarding a conflict.
Pre-purchase inspectors who are partners of the Home Inspection Quotes network are very knowledgeable about the standard of practice recognized by Quebec authorities. This standard explicitly defines the manner in which an adequate property inspection is to be carried out and the limits thereof.
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A pre-purchase inspection excludes any method or measure which aims to demolish in order to have visual access to the interior of:
Rather, a pre-purchase inspector will check:
The function of a pre-purchase inspector is not to verify whether the installations meet the standards in force and the Building Code. A pre-purchase inspection gives you the opportunity:
Thus, with regard to the electrical system, the building inspection will take into account:
A building inspection is strictly visual. With that in mind, it is better for the pre-purchase inspector to make his assessments during the day.
Your presence is still strongly recommended during a pre-purchase inspection. It is, indeed, possible that you can collect more relevant information about the property that you want.
In the end, a pre-purchase inspector will provide you with ideas about the aspects that need to be improved and will inform you of the longevity of a system and all of its installed components such as ventilation including:
Many people don’t know that it is possible to have a pre-purchase inspection of the interior of a condominium. However, the board of directors of the co-ownership syndicate is responsible for the common areas. A property inspection cannot be conducted there.
However, if you wish to acquire a 1,000 sq. ft. (93 sq. meter) property, it will cost you approximately $500 to $600 for a pre-purchase inspection. You will need to allocate about two to three hours of your time. If the residence is larger or older, the fees may be higher.
For a pre-purchase inspection of the interior of a building, the inspector will check:
A pre-purchase inspector will greatly influence your decision on whether or not to purchase the property. If you buy the house, a less favorable pre-purchase report can serve as a “tool” to negotiate the selling price.
However, it is extremely important to contact a pre-purchase inspector who has a membership card from a well-established association in Quebec. Indeed, to date, the profession is still waiting to be supervised and regulated.
Real estate brokers are part of the OACIQ, the real estate brokerage self-regulatory organization. Similarly, pre-purchase inspectors who are partners of Home Inspection Quotes, at the very least, need to belong to:
✓ the Association of Inspectors and Experts in Buildings (ANIEB) or
✓ the Association of Building Inspectors of Quebec (AIBQ).
For example, a building contractor with many years of experience could become a very competent building inspector. In such a case, it would be:
Another way to ensure the competence of a pre-purchase inspector is to verify that he belongs to a professional organization such as:
The Association des consommateurs pour la qualité dans la construction (ACQC) recommends hiring a pre-purchase inspector belonging to a professional organization because their standards of practice are dictated by law and they are under obligation to ensure the protection of the public.
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