Choosing a building inspector

By Brian Edwards

The choice of a building inspector can make your purchase a positive experience if you take a few simple precautions. Your agent may provide a choice of names and even indicate a preferred selection. Friends, relatives or co-workers may suggest additional choices.

Most of my business comes by way of referrals but I still wish clients would ask me some questions about my background etc. I have over twenty-five years experience in multi-trade commercial and residential construction.

Ask if your inspector belongs to a professional association such as CAPHI, OAHI or AATO etc. This is an unregulated industry and no group has preferred or official status. Membership in these associations usually means that the inspector meets minimum education requirements.

On going training and upgrading should be part of your inspector’s professional development. What about their background, credentials and length of time in business. How long will the inspection take and will you be allowed to accompany them during the inspection? What type of report will be provided and when will it be available?

Make a list of questions or problems you wish to discuss with your inspector and inform them before you start that you want these items addressed. I encourage client’s questions both during and after the inspection and make myself accessible after the report has been delivered. You should also have this help available after you move in. I still have clients who call me years after their inspection. Past clients are one of my best sources of referral and repeat business.

Exact repair estimates are unrealistic at the time of the inspection, but some indication of costs and priority for a particular repair should be expected.

Unless a major deficiency is revealed which cannot be overcome by negotiation, the inspection should be a positive experience providing useful information about the care and maintenance of your new home.

Good Luck.

Article by Brian Edwards M.A.A.T.O, B.C.Q, President of Westbrook Building Inspections Ltd. hope this helps and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

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