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Global Property Inspections #PrinceAlbert & Area #Sask

We are pleased to provide the following information that will hopefully assist in answering many of the common questions we receive. If you require further information or one of your questions is not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact GPI Prince Albert & Area 1(306)-314-9991
E-mail gpiinspector@outlook.com
WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection is a comprehensive visual examination of the home’s overall structure, major systems and components.
A properly trained home inspector will review your house as a system, looking at how one component of the house might affect the operability or lifespan of another. Components that are not performing properly should be identified, as well as items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe. The purpose of the home inspection is to provide the client with a better understanding of the property conditions, as observed at the time of the inspection.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER HIRING / RECOMMENDING A HOME INSPECTOR?
As a consumer, retaining the services of a GPI/NPI Inspector to perform your home inspection assures you that you are hiring a professional with proven ability, experience and impartiality, which can give you peace of mind and help you make a confident and informed buying decision.
As a real estate professional, referring your client to the GPI/NPI website for the names of qualified home inspectors can reinforce your relationship with your clients. They will feel more confident with the condition of the property, and the quality of your advice.
WHEN DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
Are you buying a home?
A pre-purchase home inspection can provide you with the information you need to know about the condition of the house you plan to purchase. More information equals an informed purchase decision, which equals fewer surprises. Minimize the risk to your investment. No one wants to face serious, unexpected costs shortly after a purchase.
Considering a renovation?
A home inspection can help homeowners prioritize repairs and maintenance. A pre-renovation inspection equals money spent in the right places.
Selling a home?
Show prospective purchasers that every effort has been made to disclose the condition of the home. A listing inspection can equal a faster sale.
WHAT KINDS OF LEVERAGE CAN A HOME INSPECTION GIVE ME?
If identified, before finalizing a deal, the cost of major repairs can often be negotiated into the final purchase price or repairs can be done by the vendor prior to purchase. “A subject to home inspection” clause can equal money saved on repairs.
Gain an understanding of the systems in your home, their operation, and required maintenance.
Preventative maintenance equals fewer headaches later.
HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT HOME INSPECTOR?
Not all home inspectors are equally trained and qualified!
The best source is by far a “word of mouth” referral; ask a friend, family or co-worker if they can recommend a home inspector they have used in the past and were satisfied with the services. Other sources are your mortgage lender or mortgage broker. Your real estate professional can also refer you to the Need a GPI/NPI Inspector? for a referral to a home inspector.
If you are looking in the Yellow Pages, most home inspection companies can be found under the headings “Building Inspection Services” or “Home Inspection Services”. In addition, our online database allows you to find a home inspector in the areas where you need a home inspection done. Our members have been asked to list ALL of the areas where they provide home inspection services independent of where their offices are located. Whatever your referral source, please perform due diligence when selecting an inspector. Discuss your expectations with the inspector to ensure that the report provided will meet your specific needs.
WHAT DOES THE HOME INSPECTOR DO?
Please refer to the InterNACHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
HOW LONG DOES A HOME INSPECTION TAKE?
A professional home inspection usually takes between two and four hours, depending on the size, age and condition of the house. It is critical that the inspector can access all areas and/or systems. If certain areas are inaccessible, the inspection can be hampered and take longer than necessary. The client may need to reschedule and pay for a return visit to the site.
SHOULD I ATTEND THE HOME INSPECTION?
Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) article “Hiring a Home Inspector ” recommends that potential homebuyers accompany the inspector as the inspection takes place. It can be a valuable learning experience. You can also take this opportunity to get more familiar with your new home, to take measurements of rooms and/or windows. More importantly, you can ask your home inspector questions on the spot.
WHAT TYPE OF REPORT SHOULD I EXPECT?
A professional Home Inspection will provide you with an objective information report regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home, as inspected at the time of the home inspection. A properly trained home inspector will review your house as a system, looking at how one component of the house might affect the operability or lifespan of another. Identified in this report will be components that are not performing properly, as well as items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe.
The Home Inspector should be willing to answer any questions a buyer might have and to clarify the limitations of the inspection to avoid misunderstandings. We typical have 15-30 pictures included in our reports.
HOW MUCH DOES A HOME INSPECTION COST?
Pricing can vary depending on your area of service. For a typical single family home, you should expect to pay in the range of $500 (plus applicable tax), but price can also vary depending on type of property (i.e. condo, mobile home, Vintage Home, etc.). Ask your home inspector. Also remember that some inspectors may have surcharges for a crawlspace, basement suite, age of house, mileage, etc.
DO HOME INSPECTORS PERFORM SERVICES OTHER THAN RESIDENTIAL HOME INSPECTIONS?
Several home inspectors offer a wide range of services, including commercial inspections, indoor air quality investigations, new construction deficiencies list, building envelope surveys, WETT (wood burning appliances) Inspections, etc. As a consumer, please perform due diligence in your inspector selection. Ask for references, ask for a copy of past reports, and enquire about their training and experience.

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Reasons why to schedule a commercial property inspection before you buy it.

A commercial property investment requires gathering knowledge and taking a risk. Property inspection increases the amount of information available when it’s most crucial.


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The bottom line is that a commercial building inspection gives the client an overall understanding of the general condition of the building. This allows the client to move forward with business planning, negotiations and remodeling or renovation with a knoweldge of current systems. An inspection reduces surprises. When it comes to large real estate transactions, that can be a great peace of mind.

For some, that needed knowledge is limited to an inspection of the roof. Others may be more interested in knowing that electrical outlets are safe. Still others want a ceiling-to-floor laundry list of items, noting the good and the bad. Comfort levels are different, but a thorough, unbiased inspection can usually help point people in the right direction.

Global Property Inspection professionals have the training and expertise to perform a number of different types of commercial property inspections, including the following:

Comprehensive inspections for buyers and sellers
Pre-lease or exit inspections for tenants to protect damage deposits
Partial inspections of the roof or general structural conditions
Inspections to meet lender requirements
Walk-through pre-bid assessments for potential buyers
Maintenance inspections for property management firms
New-construction progress inspections and final inspections
In apartment complexes, inspectors look at a representative number of units, or all of the units, or sometimes just the common areas and the roof. Again, for the buyer, these options help pinpoint possible areas of concern and overall maintenance issues. Sometimes, specialized equipment, such as an infrared camera, helps pinpoint leaking or heat-loss areas and can help with long-term planning.

In some instances, a client may not even be purchasing the building itself but rather the business occupying the building and an attached lease. An inspection in that instance can reassure the buyer that the building is sound and reduce concerns about assuming the lease. It can also make for an unbiased reference for the property management firm overseeing building maintenance, which is more good information for all parties concerned.

If your looking for an inspection of any kind for your new home, future projects or commercial inspection in the Prince Albert #Sask area call or e-mail
GPI PRINCE ALBERT & ARE
1-306-314-9991
Gpiinspector@outlook.com