Frequently Asked Questions
Can you email the home inspection report to me, what if I delete it by accident?
Yes, your report will be emailed to you within 48 hours of your inspection. If you need it to be re-sent, just give us a call.
Will the Home Inspector be able to provide me with cost estimates for the problems found?
Does your company repair damages found during inspection?
Under their professional code of ethics, professional home inspectors who are members of The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors are not allowed to be associated with any other construction or house related trade.
Will the inspector be able to inform me of environmental concerns?
The inspection will NOT address environmental concerns including, but not limited to: UFFI, water quality/quantity, sealed/underground fuel storage tanks, asbestos, toxins, carcinogens etc. The inspection report will also NOT address infestation by wood-boring insects, rodents or other vermin.
Should every home inspector be a professional engineer?
Having a professional Engineer inspect your home is a personal choice, however it is important to understand that being an Engineer does not make them a home inspector as they will need additional training.
How long do Mike Holmes Inspections take?
Should I attend the inspection?
How do I prepare my home for an inspection?
Why can’t I do it myself?
Mike Holmes Inspectors have the education and tools to give you a thorough assessment of your home. Mike Holmes Inspectors all have strong backgrounds in construction and trades, along with extensive experience in the Home Inspection industry. They have gone through wide-ranging education and training to be able to provide homeowners with the best advice. Our inspectors are trained and currently using the Infrared Camera to enhance the inspection.
Can I use my inspection report as a type of warranty for the home I am looking to purchase?
Can the Home Inspector give me details on if my home was built to proper building codes or by law compliant?
While the inspectors are familiar with the codes, the inspection to be completed is not a Building Code or By-Law compliance inspection. The client must acknowledge that it may be necessary to confer directly with authorities to confirm whether the Property meets Building Code or By-Law requirements.
Do you inspect commercial buildings or only residential homes?
At this time, Mike Holmes Inspections only services residential homes.
If the home is under five years old is an inspection necessary?
Yes. Just because the home is new does not mean that everything is in perfect condition. The home could have been built incorrectly, causing things to fail within the first five years. It’s always a good idea to catch problems early. An inspection is always recommended before purchasing a home (old or new).
If you find nothing wrong with the property, can I get my money back?
If you can’t confirm the cause of a defect, can I get my money back?
Who gets a copy of the home inspection report?
How quickly will I receive my report?
You will receive an emailed copy of your inspection within 48 hours of your inspection.
What should I do if I feel something has been missed on the home inspection?
If you feel we have missed an area in your home, please let the home inspector know before he leaves and he will go back and inspect that area. If you have any questions that are not answered, please contact us. We will not know the personal details of your home but we can put you in touch with the inspector directly.
Do all Home Inspectors need to be licensed?
Do my inspection results come with a pass or a fail?
We won’t grade the property pass/fail, the home will be assessed and the facts will be laid out for you. As certain inspectors may hint on their opinion, it is up to you as the potential homeowner to make your decision. A home Inspection is not an appraisal.
Does the law require a Home Inspection is done on my house before I put it up for sale?
Can I call later for information and advice?
We are happy to answer your questions. If you need more information and advice or need clarification on the deficiencies identified in your report, give us a call and we will put you in touch with your inspector.
When do I pay for the inspection and what are the methods of payment?
Payment must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to your inspection. When you book a Mike Holmes Inspection, we will do a Pre Authorization of payment through your credit card. Once your inspection has been completed and you have received your emailed report, the payment will be completed. We accept MasterCard, VISA, and American Express.
Do your inspections meet with CAHPI or ASHI standards?
Yes, all of our inspections will meet or exceed these organizations’ requirements.
Do you inspect Appliances?
We do not address cosmetic issues or conditions. Our Inspectors will perform a visual inspection and photograph the manufacturers’ data plate. If newer and overall in good condition and safe to do so, they will verify that the appliances are functional at the time of inspection. They will document all damages, or limitations with photos, recommendations and comments in the report.