Here are a few of the most common questions we get asked.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a professional consulting service that determines the present condition of the home’s major systems, based on a visual inspection of accessible features. It focuses on the performance of the home, rather than cosmetic, code or design issues. Inspections are often performed during a real estate transaction but may be done anytime.
A home inspection is:
- An in-field evaluation and professional opinion of the performance of the readily accessible installed systems in a home at one point in time
- Primarily a visual examination
- Intended to identify components that are significantly deficient, unsafe or near the end of their life
- Documented in a written report
A home inspection is not:
- An insurance policy, guarantee or warranty on the home
- An invasive or destructive exercise
- Intended to identify concealed defects
- A code or design review
- Intended to predict future performance or life expectancy
- An environmental review or energy audit
- Electrical system
- Heating and Air Conditioning system
- Plumbing system
- Insulation and Air/Vapour Barriers
- Mechanical and Natural Ventilation systems
- Code, bylaw and building regulation issues
- Swimming pools and spas
- Specialty systems including telephone, cable TV, alarm systems
How long have you been in business?
Since 1978. We are Canada’s oldest and largest home inspection company.
How many inspectors do you have?
We have 16 experienced, professional home inspectors with a strong management and support network.
What are your inspectors’ qualifications?
- All of our inspectors are highly trained through the Carson Dunlop Home Inspection Training Program with 10 post-secondary level courses
- Our inspectors also go through rigorous field training as part of our six-month training program
- Some are graduate engineers
- Some are professional engineers
- Some are Registered Home Inspectors (RHI — Ontario Association of Home Inspectors designation)
Can I attend the inspection?
Absolutely. We encourage clients to attend. The inspection is a personalized course in homeownership.
Do you tell us whether to buy the house?
No, we provide you with the knowledge to make an informed decision. We understand that the condition of the home is one of many critical pieces of the puzzle when buying a property.
How long does a home inspection take?
An average sized, straightforward home takes two hours plus or minus 30 minutes. Older, larger and more complex homes take longer.
The report writing process is typically about the same length of time as the inspection. Reports are sent to you the same day as the inspection.
How much does a home inspection cost?
Our home inspection fees start at just over $500 for a home and just over $300 for a condo.
Download our guide on our pricing to learn more.
What kind of report do I get?
Our clear, easy-to-read report includes photos and colour illustrations and is delivered electronically the same day of the inspection.
What areas do you cover?
We cover Toronto and the surrounding areas.
What’s included in a home inspection?
Go to the following pages to see what is included in your inspection.