Cost and Other FAQ’s

Meadowvale Home Inspections Services

Cost and Other FAQ’s

10 Common Home Inspection Questions

If you have a question, you may find the answer below.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, please contact us and we will respond as quickly as possible.

How much does a home inspection cost?

$500– Townhouses and Single Family homes up to approximately 2500 sq. ft. ($50 surcharge for every additional 500 sq. ft)
$425 – Condominiums up to 1500 sq. ft.
$100 – Detached Outbuildings up to 120 sq. ft. with a home inspection
$100 – Underground Oil Tank Scan -OR- Perimeter Drain Camera check with a home inspection
$150 – Both Oil Tank and Perimeter Drain services with a home inspection

How long does a typical inspection take

Depending on the size and condition of the home, expect a full home inspection to take up to 2 to 3 hours on site. During this time, home inspectors look at all systems in the home, making notes and taking lots of pictures. During a walk-through with the client, the inspector will give a verbal report outlining the main findings. The written report in the form of a PDF file will be emailed to the client.

Do I need to be present during the inspection?

It is not necessary to be present for the full inspection. It is very highly recommended, however, that you and/or your agent attend for a walkthrough with the inspector at the end of the inspection.

Can you find problems that have been “hidden” by the homeowner?

We rarely find homeowners intentionally try to deceive potential purchasers. It is far more common for homeowners to be unaware of problems that are not visible to the naked eye. However Meadowvale inspectors are experienced in detecting evidence of recent cosmetic improvements that could be an attempt to disguise trouble areas.

Can you recommend tradespeople to do any needed repairs?

We can provide you with a list of qualified tradespeople who have good reputations around the city. However, it is your responsibility to select any individuals you wish to employ.

Can you tell me what repairs will cost?

The cost of repairs is impossible to determine until a qualified tradesperson has looked at the situation. For that reason, we recommend that you call on them if you have concerns about costs. Reading your Home Inspection Report will, however, give you an idea of the seriousness of any defects we find.

Will the inspection find buried oil tanks?

That depends on the inspection company you choose. The most reliable method of detecting buried tanks is through the use of Ground Penetrating Radar. Other methods of detecting tanks give an idea, but only GPR (or digging!) can let you know for sure.

Is there any type of inspection warranty?

A home inspection is not a warranty against any kind of present or future problem. After you receive your written report, we will be happy to discuss it with you by phone or in person and go through it to answer any questions you may have.

Who receives a copy of the inspection report?

You paid for the report and it belongs to you. We send the inspection report directly to you and no-one else. You are under no obligation to share it with your agent or anyone else, but you are free to do so if you wish. The decision is yours.

I’m selling my house, and the potential buyer has arranged an inspection. What should I do in preparation?

You want your home to show in the best possible light. So make sure no large areas are blocked by furniture or packing boxes, make sure the attic is accessible and all doors are unlocked. Make sure all utilities are turned on and that pilot lights are lit. Ensure that all appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers have power. It’s helpful if you are away while the inspection is taking place. But if you must be present, do not interrupt or talk with the inspector. Remember, he is hired by the buyer, and can not pass on his observations to you.