What Should I Expect? 1. Please contact us well in advance of the date that you hope to schedule for your inspection. The inspection business is seasonal, and during our busy periods we may need 3 to 5 days of advance notice to accommodate your requirements. 2. You should plan to attend the inspection. You will learn a lot about your prospective purchase by shadowing us as we perform the inspection. Because our inspections include external and internal visual reviews of the property, we require full sunlight to conduct the external part of the inspection. This means that you may have to arrange for some time away from work if you plan to attend. Dress comfortably, knowing that we will be spending some time in the outdoors. 3. Ensure that your agent and vendor are all aware of the timing of the inspection. These arrangements are often made by your agent. 4. Although not critical, it is usually preferable that the vendors are not present during the inspection. Vendors have a vested interest in selling their property, and may have difficulty with an inspector pointing out deficiencies that they may or may not be aware of. In any case, rest assured that we are working for you and that you will get the straight facts about your purchase. 5. Inspections vary in length. Depending on the complexity of the property, an inspection can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to complete. Please feel free to come to the inspection with any questions that you may have about the property. 6. Bring a notepad to take notes and document measurements. Although you will be provided with a written report at the end of the inspection, your personal observations may have a significant influence on your purchase decision. 7. Although your children are an integral part of your purchase decision, please leave them at home with a trusted person. This is probably one of the most important purchases that you will ever make, and you don’t need any distractions while we are together assessing the property. 8. Please work with your agent to have the vendor provide access to attic hatches, electrical panels, furnaces, water heaters etc. Home inspectors cannot move the vendor’s property, and this access is required for us to make a thorough examination of the house. Our inspection is limited to a visual inspection of those parts of the house that are readily visible – basements full of boxes may conceal a wall condition like a leak or a crack that would normally be documented if it was visible. 9. We will conduct a random inspection of electrical outlets throughout the house, and where possible and accessible, we will provide an inspection of the electrical panel. However, we cannot conduct an exhaustive examination of the panel without turning off the main power, and this we cannot do as it may affect computers, health-care equipment, timers, alarms etc. 10. If you wish to take photographs of the property, please clear this in advance with the vendor through your agent. Some vendors are concerned about their privacy and security and prefer that no photos be taken. 11. Please review The Inspection Agreement and the Standards of Practice prior to the inspection date. These documents are available on other tabs in this website. You will be asked to sign the Inspection Agreement prior to us conducting the inspection. We cannot complete the inspection without a signed agreement. The Standards of Practice provide you with a comprehensive list of what is covered and what is not covered in an inspection. You should ensure that you understand the limitations of an inspection prior to our meeting. 12. Payment is due at the end of the inspection. We accept cheques and cash. Please make your cheques payable to The Home Inspection Guy Inc. Thank you for choosing The Home Inspection Guy Inc. We wish you luck on your home purchase journey.