Buying a home is a very important investment; this is why it is important to be well prepared for this purchase and to avoid any unfortunate surprises. A pre-purchase building inspection is a very important step of the acquisition process. The main goal of an inspection is to identify any major defect that can diminish the overall pleasure or value of the building or that might represent a security risk to the occupants.
The pre-purchase or pre-sale inspection will detail the condition of the building at the moment of the inspection and will visually identify defects or irregularities caused by normal wear-and-tear or a construction defect. The inspection will also serve as a repair to-do list if the customer decides to purchase the property.
The inspector will observe and comment on all the visible systems and accessible components of the building so that the customer can make an informed decision as to the purchase of the property.
Of importance to you and your customers, the QuébecSpec inspectors are members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, members of the Québec Association of Building Inspectors (QABI) and carry full business Liability and Errors & Omissions insurance. As members of the OIQ, they must adhere to strict rules of conduct that govern the engineer profession. This in turn guarantees a top level of professionalism to you and your customer.
The inspection shall include:
Exterior: Siding, foundation, windows, doors, balconies and lot grading
Roof: Type and materials, structure, ventilation and exterior of chimneys
Attic: structure, insulation, ventilation
The main systems: plumbing, electricity, heating, central air conditioning, water heater, air exchanger, etc.
Interior: in all rooms; doors, windows, electrical, plumbing, stairs, floors, walls, ceilings, etc..
Security: balcony railings / handrails, smoke detectors, electricity, etc..
The inspection is carried out according to standards of practice of the QABI
Average inspection takes two to three hours to complete. The client is invited to participate so that they can discuss with the inspector as the inspection progresses. Rich in relevant and useful information the client is given a QuébecSpec folder at the beginning of the inspection. It contains among other things a QuébecSpec USB key including; a checklist of seasonal maintenance to perform, a home repair & maintenance manual and a repair cost & life cycle document published by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The inspection is completed by the delivery of a written report, with photos and forwarded by email within 48 hours after the inspection. A color printed version is mailed within a few days of inspection.