Inspection FAQs

How long does a home inspection take?

A typical Home Inspection should take approx. 2.5 hours for a condo & townhouse to 4 hours for a detached home. This can vary, given the current condition, age and size of the home, the accessibility of mechanical systems, and so on.

What do you look at?

I visually inspect the major systems of the house. This inspection is non-invasive and non-destructive and includes the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, and Interior. My goal is to identify any existing or near future major problems that could affect a buyer’s decision to purchase.

How much does an inspection cost?

My flat fee for an condo inspection, which includes the entire building & unit is $425. My townhouse fee varies from $425 to $480 depending on the square footage. A single family dwelling fee starts at $475 with factors such as age, size, additional suites, etc. increasing the fee. Please call 604.931.6288 for a precise quote or click on the BOOK ONLINE tab.

If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the deciding factor unless the level of service offered is identical. Remember, you are considering a major purchase and your choice of home inspector should be based on getting the best value, not just the best price.

Are household appliances inspected?

Appliances NOT operated "The Seller warrants that the appliances included in the purchase of this property will be in proper working order as of the Possession Date." This is a standard clause in a real estate contract in BC. The household appliances (refrigerator, electric range & oven, electric cooktop, microwave, clothes washer, clothes dryer, dishwasher & central vacuum) are NOT operated as part of a home inspection. These appliance's attachments, electrical supply, plumbing supply & discharge piping connections & venting connections are inspected. Heat pumps/air conditioners, HRVs, garburators, rangehood & exhaust/supply fans, booster fans & ALL natural gas appliances are operated. Any evidence of existing or previous leakage from a refrigerator, dishwasher or clothes washer is documented in the report.

What is included in the fee?

What tools do you use?

The following tools are used:

Can I follow along?

Definitely. We encourage you to attend. The inspection is a valuable learning experience for all buyers.

Do I have to take notes?

You don’t have to take notes during the inspection. I will document everything in the provided PDF report complete with photos It’s benefical to follow, discussing & asking questions as we go through the property.

Can I ask questions?

Absolutely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You can also ask questions as we go along.

What should I wear?

You should dress comfortably and be prepared to spend roughly 2.5 to 3.5 hours walking through the home with the inspector. You don’t have to climb on the roof or go into the attic or crawlspace unless you want to of course.

Do I get a written report? When?

You do receive a digital report in a secure PDF format. The report includes a summary of the condition of the property and details on all the major systems of the property. It is emailed that day after the inspection.

If it’s really bad, will you tell us not to buy the house?

No. My goal is to provide a concise report on the condition of the property, indicating potential significant repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the property.

Do you offer a warranty on the house?

A home inspection is a professional objective opinion based on a one time 3 to 4 hour inspection. It’s a little like getting a check-up from your doctor: It improves your odds of good health but there is no guarantee or warranty.

Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house – they cannot be discovered during a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak only when people stand in the shower but don’t leak when you simply turn on the shower. Some roofs and basements only leak when specific weather conditions exist (ie. driving rain). Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed. As such, we cannot and do not offer a warranty on the house.

How long has your company been in business?

Dale has been an Accredited Home Inspector (AHI) with HIABC since March 2001 with approx. 5,800 signed inspections.

What are Dale Trach’s qualifications?

Dale Trach has many years of technical & practical experience in the construction & renovation industry. Dale Trach received a diploma in Building Technology from BCIT then worked for C.M.H.C. in their Technical Services department for 7 years. Dale Trach directed a small home & commercial renovation business until becoming a AHI at which time he completed the Carson Dunlop Home Inspection Training Program.

Dale Trach also updates his technical knowledge & skills with mandatory continuing education programs & association seminars.

Are you a member of a professional association?

Dale Trach is a member in good standing with the Home Inspector Association of British Columbia (HIABC) since March 2001. He is also provincially licensed with Consumer Protection BC, License #49659.