Your Home Insepction

If you’re in the market for a house in Edmonton, chances are you’ll need to get a home inspection done. Though this process might seem daunting at first, it’s actually quite simple. In this blog post, we’ll give you an overview of what to expect during a home inspection in Edmonton. Keep reading for more details!

Home inspections in Edmonton are required to be conducted by a professional licensed home inspector. The inspector will examine the home for any potential problems, such as structural issues, plumbing, electrical problems, etc. The inspector will then provide a detailed report to you, the buyer outlining any areas of concern.

Do You need an Home inspection?

If you’re buying a home in Edmonton, it is highly recommended that you get an inspection done. This is especially important if you’re buying an older home, as there may be hidden problems that could end up costing you a lot of money down the road.

Issues like aluminum wiring and polybutylene are common problems in older homes that can be expensive to fix. That’s why it’s so important to have a professional inspector take a look at the property before you make your final purchase.

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Do I need an inspection on a brand new home?

If you’re buying a brand new home, you might not think that you need an inspection. However, it’s always a good idea to get one done. Even though the home is new, there could still be potential problems that were missed during construction.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to buying a home. That’s why we recommend getting an inspection even if you’re buying a brand new property.

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When should I get an inspection?

Ideally, you should get an inspection done after you’ve made an offer on a property but before you’ve finalized the purchase. This way, if the inspection does uncover any major problems, you can negotiate with the seller to have them fixed or ask for a reduction in the purchase price.

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Hiring your Home Inspector

It’s important to hire a reputable home inspector who is licensed by the province of Alberta and experienced. Be sure to ask friends, family, and your realtor for recommendations before making your decision. Once you’ve chosen an inspector, they will schedule an appointment to inspect the home. The inspection itself usually takes between two and three hours depending on the property.

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What is the difference between Home Inspectors?

Not all home inspectors are the same. The main difference between home inspectors is:

  1. Training
  2. Certification
  3. Experience & Qualifications
  4. Additional Services

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What is the difference between an appraiser and home inspector?

An appraiser is someone who determines the value of a home for mortgage purposes. A home inspector is someone who looks at the condition of the home for any potential problems.

Appraisers and home inspectors are two different types of professionals. If you’re buying a home, you will need to have both an appraisal and an inspection done.

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Schedule your home inspection

Scheduling Your Home Inspection

Home inspection appointments are typically scheduled within a week or two of the request. You will have to coordinate with your realtor who will coordinate with the seller for an inspection time that works for everyone.

It’s quite common and convenient to book your inspection online. Most home inspection companies have online booking systems which you can use 7/24 to book your appointment when it’s convenient for you.

The inspector will arrive at the property at the scheduled time and begin their examination. Most inspectors have daytime, evening, and weekend appointment times available. For you, It’s important for you to be present during the house inspection if you are able so that you can ask questions and get clarification on any issues that are found.

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What’s inspected

What’s Inspected

The inspection is a visual inspection that will cover everything from the roof to the gutters, exterior doors, and windows, siding and decks, patios, and grading. This also includes the inspection of the interior of your future home, room by room and level by level, checking the plumbing system, electrical system, heating-cooling systems, and structural elements.

In addition to a thorough visual inspection inside and out, most inspectors also use thermal imaging (infrared) cameras as part of the home inspection process

What is Thermal Imaging (Infrared)?

Thermal imaging is a type of technology that can detect infrared energy (heat) that is emitted from an object. This allows the inspector to see potential problem areas that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Infrared Technology (Thermal imaging) adds to your knowledge by providing you with hidden information. Infrared technology can detect problems such as missing insulation, electrical hot spots, and possible water leaks that would otherwise go unnoticed. Should a possible water leak is discovered using an infrared camera, a moisture meter is used to determine if it’s a water leak or an insulation issue. The camera can not only show potential issues but it can take photographs for inclusion in your home inspection report.

How much does a Home inspection cost?

The cost of a single-family home inspection in Edmonton starts at around $550.00,. The price may change depending on the size and age of the house. Apartment condos and townhouses usually cost a little less.

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Do you offer any Warranty?

Every inspection from Executive Home Inspections comes with a comprehensive Warranty Program, as part of our commitment to customer service.

Warranty from Residential Warranty Services (RWS) and the InterNACHI Buy Back Guarantee

  • 90 Day Warranty from RWS
  • Sewer Guard from RWS (90 days)
  • Mold Safe from RWS (90 days)
  • Platinum 5 Year Leak Repair Coverage from RWS
  • RecallChek from RWS (monthly updates)
  • Some conditions apply

How long does the home inspection take?

Home inspections usually take between two and three hours, depending on the size and age of the home. It really does depend on the property, size, age, and condition. Small apartment-style condos take approximately 1.5 hours. Single-family homes average 2.5 – 3 hours.

What should I do during a home inspection?

While your home inspector is conducting the inspection, it’s a good idea to be on-site so that you can ask questions and get clarification on anything you’re unsure about. This is also your chance to point out any areas of concern that you might have noticed when viewing the property.

When do I pay for the Home inspection?

Most home inspectors require payment on the day of the inspection, prior to the inspection report being released. The home inspector will provide you with an invoice that can be paid by cash, VISA, Master Card, or e-transfer.

Do I have to pay GST?

Yes, Inspection fees are subject to GST.

When will I get my inspection report?

The home inspection report will be delivered the same day as the home inspection or within 24 hours of the home inspection.

Review your home inspection report carefully and write down any questions that you may have. You can then email questions and get clarification or set up a time to call your inspector. The home inspector may also recommend further testing or inspections by specialist contractors.

How will I get my report?

Your home inspection report will be emailed to you usually the same day as the home inspection or within 24 hours of the home inspection. The home inspector will provide you with an electronic PDF version of your home inspection report that can easily be shared with your real estate agent, lawyer, or mortgage broker.

The home inspection report is a valuable tool that can be used to negotiate repairs with the seller prior to closing on a home. It’s important to remember that a home inspection is not an appraisal and does not determine the value of a property.

What’s in the report?

The home inspection report has a summary section that contains the major problems or safety issues of the home. All major problems should be further evaluated by a professional contractor.

The body of the report is set up by individual home systems and components, along with a description of the current condition of each. This section also includes photos that help to further explain the condition or issue with that component of the home. Your inspection report may also provide suggestions for any repairs or upkeep that could be required in the future.

Next Steps

Once you’ve reviewed your inspection report, it’s time to decide what to do next. If there are no major problems with the home, then you can move forward with the purchase. If there are major problems or issues that need to be addressed, you have a few options that you should discuss with your Realtor:

-Ask the seller to make repairs or replacements before you move forward with the purchase.

-Renegotiate the purchase price based on the cost of repairs that will need to be made.

-Or you can walk away from the deal entirely.

It’s important to remember that a home is a big investment and you want to make sure that you are getting what you want in terms of quality and condition. A thorough inspection is a small price to pay for peace of mind and protection against any potential problems that could cost you thousands of dollars down the road.

Possession walkthrough

Once the inspection is complete and you’ve decided to move forward with the purchase, you’ll need to schedule a possession walkthrough with your Realtor. Your possession walkthrough is your chance to confirm that all agreed-upon repairs have been completed and that the home is in the same condition as when you made your offer.

It should be scheduled for a time when you can do a thorough walk-through of the home, room by room. You’ll want to check that all appliances are in working order. Also check for any new damage to the home. If everything looks good, then you’re one step closer to moving into your new home!

Re Inspection

If you’re getting some repairs done you may want to schedule a re-inspection of the home. A re-inspection is an opportunity for the home inspector to take a look at the home and confirm that all issues have been properly addressed.

Re-inspections are not common, but they can give you peace of mind if you’re concerned about potential problems with the home. If you decide to schedule a re-inspection, be sure to coordinate with your home inspector.


If you’re looking for a home inspector in Edmonton, contact Executive Home Inspections. We provide a thorough inspection of your future home at an affordable price. Our certified master inspector will take the time to walk you through the home inspection report. This is so that you can make an informed decision. Contact us today to book your home inspection.

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