At the Inspection

It is important for the client to understand that there is a very large amount of information to be covered during a Home Inspection. Therefore, it’s important that you arrive with an open mind. Often clients are simply overwhelmed by information while others find it a very surprising learning experience. We ask that all potential clients read the balance of this section. 

Who Attends the Inspection

Purchaser: If this is a pre-purchase Home Inspection I require (with one exception*) the purchaser to attend the full Inspection. This is truly the only way to take full advantage of the Inspection and truly understand the benefits and possible implications of the Inspection. Please note that this is not a time to showing the house to family or  friends and is limited to the parties involved in the transaction. Often, for younger first time buyers, it can be beneficial to have another knowledgable family member along.

Home Owner: The home owner's participation is not part of a Home Inspection and it’s requested that unless it is a For Sale By Owner or Pre-Sale transaction, that they are not home. Many home owners find an Inspection to be very stressful and often get insulted by even the simplest of an Inspector's comments.

Realtor: In most Real Estate Board jurisdictions, it’s required that unless the home owner has given specific instruction otherwise, a Realtor must be present during the Inspection.  If issues are found during the Inspection it is always beneficial for the Realtor to be there in order that the Inspector can outline and explain to them first hand.

Others: The Inspection procedure is an intense few hours and the Inspector requires the client's full attention. Unless directly related to the Inspection, it is not the time for contractors, decorators, or other to be involved.

Time Frames

A Standards of Practice Home Inspection takes approx. 3.5 – 4.5 hours and no part of the Inspection can take place after dark. Inspections are booked for 8am – noon & 1pm – 5pm seven days a week.

Procedure / Time Lines

Note: Home owners should always be notified in advance by either the Client or the Realtor that:
  • They should be away from the house during the Inspection and all animals should be in a cage or absent.
  • The Inspector will be in all parts of the house, will be running water and requires full access  to the Electrical Panel, Furnace and Attic Entrance. The Inspector will do his best at all times to leave things the way that he found them!  
    8:00 am or 1:00 pm Inspector arrives and starts exterior and roof Inspection
    8:30 am or 1:30 pm Client & Realtor arrive (be prepared & dressed to be outside)
    8:45-9:00 am or
    1:45-2:00 pm
Enter house, and starting in the basement, work our way up to the attic
    9:00-10:30 am or
    2:00-3:30 pm
Interior Inspection
    10:45-11:30 am or
    3:45-4:30 pm
All parties leave the house and the client takes a break while the Inspector writes the Inspection Report
    11:30-12:00 am or
    4:30-5:00 pm
Client & Inspector regroup, review report and Inspector is paid

Please Note:
It is recommended that for century homes, rental properties or first time buyers that Inspections be booked for the afternoon in case additional time is required.


* In the case where a buyer is from out of town and cannot attend the Inspection special arrangements can be made.