Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Alpine Summit. You will also find useful links of interest to sellers, realtors, and homeowners. Alpine Summit provides easy to read and understand reports within 24 hours. Contact us to learn more about our services.
Q: What Is the Duration of Your Home Inspection and Should I Be Present?
A: Attendance at the inspection is recommended but not necessary. A comprehensive written report will be sent to you, and the inspector is available for any follow-up questions you may have. The inspection can take up to 3 hours depending on the size of the home, and flexible arrangements can be made for you to attend the last portion so the inspector can show you problem areas firsthand.
Q: What Is a Home Inspection?
A: It is a systematic, non-invasive visual and physical inspection of a property. Fixtures and systems are operated to verify proper function. A Home Inspector uses training and experience to detect problems with the major systems of residential properties.
Q: How Much Are the Repairs Found at the Inspection Going to Cost?
A: Under the Alberta Government Regulations, home inspectors are not permitted to provide cost estimates of repairs. We usually recommend obtaining 3 quotes from different contractors.
Q: Can You Refer Someone to Make Repairs?
A: No, we do not refer to contractors and other individuals, as this can be perceived as a conflict of interest.
Q: Can You Determine the Value of Your House?
A: Home inspectors are not authorized or qualified to comment on the value of a house. For determining the value of a property, we suggest you consult a professional home appraiser.
Q: Do You Use an Infrared Camera?
A: Yes, we are infrared certified and use infrared thermography in every inspection at no extra fee.
Q: Does an Infrared Camera Find Mould or Cracks in a Finished Foundation?
A: No. The infrared camera cannot obtain imaging through walls. However, an infrared camera may detect moisture if the conditions are conducive, and moisture is one of the necessary elements for mould growth.
Q: What Do You Inspect?
A: We follow the InterNACHI Standard of Practice and normally, a home inspection includes the following:
Q: What Can I Expect in a Home Inspection?
A: You will receive a verbal/visual report from the inspector if you attend the inspection, followed by a comprehensive written report on the condition of the home, including photographs/thermal images and comments about deficiencies discovered during the inspection.
Q: What If Our Report Reveals an Issue?
A: If the inspector finds a problem in a home it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs may be required. A seller may be willing to renegotiate the purchase price because of the substantial issues identified during a home inspection.