Like any home inspection company, we see many common questions directed both to us and to the home inspection industry as a whole. Here are a few of the more common questions that we encounter. Do you have a question that isn't covered below? Please contact us and we will get you that answer you are looking for!
What does a home inspection cover?
We follow the InterNACHI Standard of Practice, with a specific focus on a home's major systems (foundation, roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC). A quick summary of all areas we inspect can be found here. We have inspected homes ranging from brand new to almost 250 years old and everything in between and always take the time to go above and beyond these standards.
How Long Does a typical Home Inspection Take?
Inspection times vary, but we typically aim for 2 to 2.5 hours on site. One thing to note is that while our inspector is efficient, we do not look at clock during a home inspection and our priority is always a quality home inspection over meeting a time constraint.
A checklist and verbal summary is provided on site with the report completed back at the office. Our reports are usually completed within 24 hours and will be delivered by the end of the next day.
are You Certified? Licensed?
Our inspector, Michael Burfitt, is a Certified Professional Inspector (CPI) from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and is actively working towards the Certified Master Inspector (CMI) credential, the world's highest designation for home inspectors. A CPI must meet a number of requirements to maintain this designation, including annual continuing education. For see some of the extensive education and other credentials please look here.
Nova Scotia does not presently regulate or license home inspectors, however our company is built similar to the requirements of other licensed areas in North America and will be able to seamlessly transition should our province introduce home inspection regulations in the future.
What is Your Service Area?
In addition to the entire Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), our service area includes most of the Annapolis Valley (Including Kentville, Wolfville & Greenwood), Bridgewater, Truro, and as of 2024 New Glasgow/Stellarton/Westville, all with no extra travel charges or fees.
We can also provide our services to other areas of Mainland Nova Scotia, subject to availability and travel charges. Please contact us for a quote today!
Do I Need to be Present During the Inspection?
There is no requirement for you to attend an inspection although it is both highly recommended and encouraged. The biggest reason for this is the wealth of information you can gain about your home: our inspections are informative and educational and is your chance to learn directly from an experienced and seasoned home inspector about any issues or concerns you may have. We will take the time to show you our findings and what the next steps could be.
Will You Provide a Report? How Detailed is it?
Yes. A home inspection also includes a detailed, easy to understand report. Here is an example of a standard inspection report. What makes our company unique is that we do not use boilerplate language or excessive, long winded legal disclaimers and our observations are written from scratch. If an issue is beyond the scope or ability of a home inspector, we also offer suggestions on who to contact and what information to provide them. While our reports are free of industry jargon, if you have any questions or are looking for further clarification, please contact us any time after the inspection.
In accordance with professional standards, our reports are solely for the use of our client(s) and while we encourage you to share your report with any interested parties, findings in a report are considered to be confidential and will not be shared with any outside parties except as required by law.
For those that don't require a report, we do offer a report-free "checklist" inspection, designed specifically for existing homeowners. This is an affordable alternative for those who have spent years in their home and can be present at the time of inspection.
Do You Fail/Condemn Homes?
In Nova Scotia, as with most of North America that falls under the jurisdiction of a Building Official, which while similar in many ways is a different occupation. Building inspectors typically work for a town or municipality and are focused on municipal code compliance (i.e. bylaw M-200 in Halifax) while home inspectors generally work directly with home buyers, sellers and owners and focus on safety and big-ticket items.
A home inspection report is not a pass/fail but a professional evaluation of a home and its many systems by a trained inspector. While some issues are more significant than others, we are merely advisors and do not engage in code or other law enforcement, nor do we report any building related issues to local authorities.
Do You Offer or Estimate Repairs?
We do not offer repair or estimation services for two reasons.
Most professional associations do not permit their members to work on a home they have inspected for a year after inspection, with some small exceptions.
Building material and contractor prices and availability fluctuate wildly, especially in the past 3 years and it is impossible to provide an accurate estimation.
Are There are Specific Red Flags or Common Problems?
Each home is unique, with no two homes having same issue. However, in our experience here are a few commonly seen problems.
Inadequate/missing/expired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Outdated electrical systems, which are generally inadequate for modern families.
Poor drainage and missing/damaged rain gutters.
Inadequate ventilation and/or insulation.
Poorly fitting doors and drafty windows.
Inadequate DIY repairs and maintenance.
Clogged/dirty A/C and Furnace filters.
While a report may seen upsetting at first, it is important to note that we have never come across a "perfect" home and most likely never will, even in brand new construction.
What is Your Policy on Follow-Up Questions?
The inspection doesn't end when the report is sent! If at any time after the inspection you have questions, comments, or concerns just reach out to us directly either by phone (902-209-9921) or email us (email@example.com). We love talking homes and would be happy to answer any questions you might have, with no charge or time limit!
Why Should I Pick Inside Edge for a home inspection?
There are a large number of home inspection companies in Nova Scotia, particularly in the greater Halifax area. We appreciate your interest in our company and its services and hope you will trust us with all your home inspection needs.
Setting aside our inspector's employment and academic background, our extensive blog, and other free and accessible resources, the main reason to pick our company is that we offer the best of best worlds: we are a well established company with formal processes and procedures in place, such as our commitment to safety and privacy (go ahead and read it: it's not THAT boring!) yet are also a small, family run company with deep roots in our community and a passion for helping our neighbours. You will never find any robotic corporate scripts, chatbots or long call centre wait times (funny how they are ALWAYS "busier than normal", isn't it?) as you will work directly with a Certified Professional Inspector every step of the way.
We have built our company with rock solid integrity and ethics based on referrals from clients new and old alike. We are also homeowners and know the immense responsibility that is being entrusted onto our shoulders and invite you to see why we are the clear choice for a home inspector, whether you are in Halifax, Dartmouth, Truro, Kentville, Bridgewater, New Glasgow or anywhere else in Central Nova Scotia!
How Much Does a Typical Home Inspection Cost?
We offer some of the best value in Nova Scotia, combining high quality inspection services with reasonable and affordable rates. We are constantly looking for innovative ways to cut expenses and pass the savings directly onto you, our valued clients.
For the latest pricing information, please look at our current price list. We are proud to also offer Sewer Scope and Water Testing services and can provide helpful guidance on subjects such as radon, indoor air quality, mould, and asbestos.
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