Types of Home Inspections

Pre-Sale Home Inspection

Finding the right home can be stressful and sometimes involving uncertainty. Having the property inspected will help reduce your risk, determine what you may need to repair and establish repair timeframes. Knowing the building and property’s condition will help you make an informed investment decision.

New Construction Deficiency Home Inspection

Even a new home may have defects due to questionable construction methods, poor workmanship, or possible items which have just been overlooked. The builders and/or city building department inspectors may overlook  items at times. Regardless of the builder’s intentions, it may be difficult to oversee all of the details in building a new home. Consider a new home deficiency inspection as solution to help identify areas for improvement and make living in your new home more enjoyable.

Home Maintenance Inspection

Enjoying your home requires proactive maintenance. Having proper and on-going maintenance performed on your home is essential to ensure all home components and mechanical systems are good working order.

Your Maintenance Inspection:

  • Provides a reference point for all future home maintenance
  • Prioritizes any deficiencies
    • Required (items that require immediate attention)
    • Deferred (items that should be attended to soon)
    • Future Maintenance (items to be aware of do down the road)
    • Recommendations and guidance for repairs and improvements
    • Helps in reducing energy consumption costs
    • Assist home owners avoid major repairs

We’ll be covering a lot of ground during the Maintenance Inspection, which includes areas such as:

  • Roof system
  • Eaves troughs and downspouts
  • Perimeter drainage
  • Heating systems
  • Fireplaces and chimneys
  • Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and other safety equipment
  • Indoor ventilation arrangements
  • Plumbing and fixtures
  • Exterior cladding, windows, doors, vents
  • Basement walls and drains


Pre-Listing Home Inspection

As a homeowner planning to list your property for sale, a pre-listing home inspection will help attend to any problem areas which may exist on the property. You will have a clear understanding of the condition of the home. By having a professional home inspection report available to the buyer, you will not only improve the likelihood of a sale, but the price and time line as well. A pre-listing inspection will help avoid any surprises at closing time.

Open House Home Inspection

This is not our traditional full inspection but a quick walk through the property. It is an opportunity to view the property with the inspector at your side, and you are able to discuss the property’s condition before an offer is made. Get a head start from others whom may be interested in the same property, or if the property goes into multiple offers, in a strong market, know what you are bidding on, which may not only save time and money, but this will also give you a good indication of the condition of the property as possible areas of concern are established.

2-5-10 Home Warranty Home Inspection

The 2-5-10 Home Warranty, was put in place for the benefit of new home owners as protection from defects and questionable building practices. The warranty covers materials and workmanship for most areas of the home, but for limited time periods only, depending on the problem area.

If there are any suspected defects in your home, within the warranty period, contact the National Home Warranty Dept. of B.C. Having a professional inspection, along with a thorough inspection report on defect items in the home will not only document the defect, and the time line, but may also speed up the repair process.

Home Insurance 3rd Party Inspection

Often when applying for home insurance coverage, the underwriter requests a 3rd party verification of the home and/or specific home components. To satisfy the conditions specified by the underwriter, we are usually hired to evaluate the property. Many homeowners come across this delay prior to renewal of their existing home insurance policy…we can help.


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Having a proper inspection done is one of the most important things you can do when deciding to purchase a home.  It’s even more important when you realize that your home insurance may not cover losses due to wear and tear, or improper construction.

Most insurance policies have exclusions for:

  • Inherent vice
  • Wear and tear
  • Deterioration
  • Latent defect
  • Making good improper workmanship or design

A home inspection can identify any possible problems with the home you’re considering buying.  If there are problems, such as wear and tear, deterioration, or improper workmanship, it’s best to know about it before you make your decision.  There may be things the current owner can repair, or you may be able to negotiate a reduced price if there are repairs you’re willing to take on yourself.  But if you don’t know about the issues, you could be left with a big mess, and no insurance to help you through it.

To find out more about home insurance, and to make sure you’ve got the best possible coverage, contact one of the licensed professionals at Square One Insurance.  With Square One, you can tailor the policy to suit your specific needs, so you get the coverage you want, without any unnecessary extras.


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