We are pleased to provide the following information that will hopefully assist in answering many of the common questions we receive. If you require further information or one of your questions is not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact CAHPI-Atlantic.
How do I become a CAHPI Home Inspector?
A member who is a practicing home inspector that has successfully completed all the qualifying requirements defined by CAHPI-Atlantic and is in good standing with the Association. Registered Home Inspector and RHI are reserved and protected for the exclusive use of CAHPI. Learn more
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a comprehensive visual examination of the home's overall structure, major systems and components.
A properly trained home inspector will review your house as a system, looking at how one component of the house might affect the operability or lifespan of another. Components that are not performing properly should be identified, as well as items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe. The purpose of the home inspection is to provide the client with a better understanding of the property conditions, as observed at the time of the inspection.
Why should I consider hiring / recommending a CAHPI-Atlantic Home Inspector?
As a consumer, retaining the services of a CAHPI-Atlantic member to perform your home inspection assures you that you are hiring a professional with proven ability, experience and impartiality, which can give you peace of mind and help you make a confident and informed buying decision.
As a real estate professional, referring your client to the CAHPI-Atlantic website for the names of qualified home inspectors can reinforce your relationship with your clients. They will feel more confident with the condition of the property, and the quality of your advice.
When do I need a home inspection?
Are you buying a home?
A pre-purchase home inspection can provide you with the information you need to know about the condition of the house you plan to purchase. More information equals an informed purchase decision, which equals fewer surprises. Minimize the risk to your investment. No one wants to face serious, unexpected costs shortly after a purchase.
Considering a renovation?
A home inspection can help homeowners prioritize repairs and maintenance. A pre-renovation inspection equals money spent in the right places.
Selling a home?
Show prospective purchasers that every effort has been made to disclose the condition of the home. A listing inspection can equal a faster sale.
What kinds of leverage can a home inspection give me?
- If identified, before finalizing a deal, the cost of major repairs can often be negotiated into the final purchase price or repairs can be done by the vendor prior to purchase. "A subject to home inspection" clause can equal money saved on repairs.
- Gain an understanding of the systems in your home, their operation, and required maintenance.
- Preventative maintenance equals fewer headaches later.
How do I find the right home inspector?
Not all home inspectors are equally trained and qualified!
The best source is by far a "word of mouth" referral; ask a friend, family or co-worker if they can recommend a home inspector they have used in the past and were satisfied with the services. Other sources are your mortgage lender or mortgage broker. Your real estate professional can also refer you to the CAHPI-Atlantic website for a referral to a home inspector.
If you are looking in the Yellow Pages, most home inspection companies can be found under the headings "Building Inspection Services" or "Home Inspection Services". In addition, our online database allows you to find a home inspector in the areas where you need a home inspection done. Our members have been asked to list ALL of the areas where they provide home inspection services independent of where their offices are located. Whatever your referral source, please perform due diligence when selecting an inspector. Discuss your expectations with the inspector to ensure that the report provided will meet your specific needs.
What does the home inspector do?
Please refer to the CAHPI-Atlantic Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
How long does a home inspection take?
A professional home inspection usually takes between two and four hours, depending on the size, age and condition of the house. It is critical that the inspector can access all areas and/or systems. If certain areas are inaccessible, the inspection can be hampered and take longer than necessary. The client may need to reschedule and pay for a return visit to the site.
Should I attend the home inspection?
Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) article "Hiring a Home Inspector " recommends that potential homebuyers accompany the inspector as the inspection takes place. It can be a valuable learning experience. You can also take this opportunity to get more familiar with your new home, to take measurements of rooms and/or windows. More importantly, you can ask your home inspector questions on the spot.
What type of report should I expect?
A professional Home Inspection will provide you with an objective information report regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home, as inspected at the time of the home inspection. A properly trained home inspector will review your house as a system, looking at how one component of the house might affect the operability or lifespan of another. Identified in this report will be components that are not performing properly, as well as items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe.
The Home Inspector should be willing to answer any questions a buyer might have and to clarify the limitations of the inspection to avoid misunderstandings.
How much does a home inspection cost?
Pricing can vary depending on your area of service. For a typical single family home, you should expect to pay in the range of $500 (plus applicable tax), but price can also vary depending on type of property (i.e. condo, mobile home, Vintage Home, etc.). Ask your home inspector. Also remember that some inspectors may have surcharges for a crawlspace, basement suite, age of house, mileage, etc.
Do home inspectors perform services other than residential home inspections?
Several home inspectors offer a wide range of services, including commercial inspections, indoor air quality investigations, new construction deficiencies list, building envelope surveys, WETT (wood burning appliances) Inspections, etc. These types of inspections are not included under the CAHPI-Atlantic Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. As a consumer, please perform due diligence in your inspector selection. Ask for references, ask for a copy of past reports, and enquire about their training and experience.