How long will the inspection take?
The time required to perform an inspection depends on the size, age and condition. As a guideline, you should plan for the inspection to take 2.5 to 3.5 hours. If you cannot devote that much time to the inspection, we can certainly make other arrangements to try and accommodate your schedule.
Should I attend the inspection?
You are highly encouraged to attend the inspection. That way you can see and learn first hand all the features and any concerns about the house. It is easier and clearer to observe an item than to try and understand a point in a report. By attending the inspection, you also get to ask questions to ensure that you understand the house as best as you can.
How soon can I book an inspection?
Generally speaking, you can get an inspection appointment within 2-3 days. Often an appointment is available on short notice, sometimes even the next day, if there is a cancellation or a change in schedule.
What kind of report do you provide?
The AccuChex report is a valuable, custom written report, specifically created for your inspection. Most other inspection companies provide a generic checklist or binder that is provided by a franchise company or supply company. These other reports are either overly brief or complex. The AccuChex report is generally 25-35 pages of tailored, relevant material, in narrative form. It includes an executive summary of any specific concerns, a costing guide for most common maintenance and repair tasks, and a guide to the care of your home.
How objective is the inspection?
AccuChex is proud to provide COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT INSPECTIONS. You can rest assured that AccuChex is not affiliated with any Real Estate or Construction Company. You have our complete and undivided allegiance.
Can I call you later if I have questions about the home?
Feel free to call with any questions about the home that we have inspected for you. You can call while you are still considering the inspection findings before you make the buying decision about the house. If you do end up buying and moving into the house, you can call with questions for as long as you own the home. There is no charge for this phone service and assistance.
What Standards are used for the inspection?
AccuChex inspects to the Standards of Practice of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors.
As a buyer, how do I prepare for the inspection?
- You are strongly encouraged to attend the home inspection to hear and see, first hand, the inspection findings and advice.
- Read carefully the Home Inspection agreement before arriving at the inspection. The agreement MUST be signed before the inspection can start.
- Arrive at the property on time, no later than our agreed upon inspection time.
- Please do not bring children or other relatives along during the inspection. They are a distraction, a safety threat, and can interfere with the inspection process.
- Please bring a cheque or cash along with you as payment is due at the time of the inspection.
As a seller, how do I prepare for the inspection?
- You can help ensure that the inspection will go smoothly with as little disruption as possible by providing clear access to all the areas of your home. For example, provide clear access to the water meter, hot water tank, hose faucet shut-off valve, electrical panel, furnace, and the attic hatch (clear the closet if the hatch is in a closet).
- Ensure that this is at least a square meter of space in front of the electrical panel so that there is safe access to the panel.
- Clear the areas under each sink, so that all the plumbing can be seen.
- Remove from the house (or contain) all pets including dogs and cats. This will guard against a pet escaping or being hurt.
- Put away all jewelry, cash or other valuables.
- Closet interiors will be opening and examined for cracks and leaks.
- Turn off all computers in the house (in case a circuit breaker accidentally gets tripped).
- Electric circuits will be tested. You may have to reset clocks or timers, especially in the kitchen or bedrooms.