Home Inspection – St Albert

John H Home Inspector in St Albert AB.
John H Home Inspector in St Albert AB.

Hey guys and welcome, it’s John H. from GoTech Home Inspection St Albert.

Today’s topic we’re gonna be teaching you everything you need to know about the home inspection in St Albert. We’re gonna try to divvy up this page into a few different categories. What inspections? and How do they work? When are they used and how to avoid any issues?

Okay, so inspections are a really critical part of the home buying and selling process. I’m gonna focus mostly on the buying portion as again, I have the most experience with helping people buy homes and my page for this series is gonna be focused on buyers specifically.

What are inspections? so quite simply the easiest way that I communicate to my clients is when you go and you buy a car on Kijiji and you get your car inspected, you have the engine checked out, the transmission, brakes all that stuff, It’s the same thing literally the same thing with buying a home except add a couple more zeros on the purchase instead of a car right. 

So very critical when you’re buying three hundred thousand to a million-dollar property, you want to make sure it’s in good condition because you can get bit big-time, it’s not like a $300 brake job or whatever that you missed because you didn’t inspect the car, no this can be thousands of dollars if you don’t do this right.

What kind of inspections are there?

There are typically a few that I recommend: Sewer inspection, Radon Inspection, Chimney inspection, and Stucco Inspection, now you can just do your home inspection, a home inspection is a great option that will cover everything on the property they’ll check the roof. I’ll check for dry rot they’ll check the appliances you know the foundation the landscaping the plumbing the electrical, and We’re gonna check everything. And typically prices for those anywhere from 450 to 750 dollars for a really good one.


Performing a Home Inspection with InterNACHI Home Inspector Jim Krumm

This is a video of a home inspection in Colorado, although it is located in the United States, he gives you a thorough idea of the basics of what should be done in a home inspection no matter where your home is located. 

GoTech Home Inspections – St Albert, AB.
Home Inspection St Albert Company
(587) 609-9005
9+ Years Servicing St Albert & Surrounding Areas
Home Inspector St Albert Experts
If you like us to help Inspect your New Home, you can schedule an appointment with us? —> click here
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Do some people ask what goes into a home inspection? What do you guys do?

Well, the answer is all visible components and systems from the foundation to the roof, and everything in between is evaluated, we pay special attention to the system such as the foundation and unit in the roof and in super old houses plumbing, electrical fall into that category on all inspections. 

We basically take three trips around the house:  

The first trip is simply kicking all the lights on and feeling the floors and the foundation for any uneven and or sloping floors.

On the second trip around all the walls windows accessible outlets built-in appliances basically everything on the walls gets looked at viewed and operated in tested water is run at all fixtures for an extended period of time in order to identify any drain issues.

The third trip with ceilings visible ducks smoke alarms and pretty much everything on the ceilings the heating cooling system is inspected and temperature readings are taken the attic is entered and the roof decking added framing and insulation are all evaluated.

Outside Hone Inspection St Albert. 

Now the same street strip process is performed outside on the first trip around the great advantage and visits where is a foundation is evaluated here we’re looking for poor drainage signs of any foundation movement things of that nature.

On the second trip all walls windows exterior fixtures were reviewed here we are mainly looking for separations between walls and windows and other signs of the structural loop.

Last is the roof here we’re looking for water entry point hail damage excessive granule loss and any other damage the income insurance provider may have an issue with hopefully this explains a little bit more about what all goes into a real estate home inspection and as always feel free to call with any questions and of course, let us know if we can help you with any of your Home Inspection 


Home Inspector Van
Home Inspector Van

GoTech Home Inspections – St Albert, AB.
Home Inspection St Albert Company
(587) 609-9005
9+ Years Servicing St Albert & Surrounding Areas
Home Inspector St Albert Experts
If you like us to help Inspect your New Home, you can schedule an appointment with us? —> click here
Fully Licensed, Insured & Bonded Home Inspector.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – Top 5 questions to ask your home inspector

1. Where is the main water shut-off? 

This is very important for emergency reasons, some people like to cut the water off when they go on vacation but obviously if you have a supply line leak or something like that you want to be able to turn it off quickly and that helps you know exactly where it is and also there’s usually like a water meter you could turn it off there at the street but there should be one inside your house it’s multiple areas I mean a lot of times in a closet. I mean there’s just your home inspectors should be able to identify that for you so when you get an inspection ask where your main water shut-off should be in the report.

2 Where are the GFCI outlets located what do they do and how do reset them?

GFCI is a ground fault circuit interrupter basically you’ll find these in bathrooms kitchens outdoors garages anywhere where there’s potential for water and what this does is it protects you from electrocution, basically if there’s any in the system the voltage, if there’s any interruption anything like that it’s sensitive and it clicks the breaker off there they’re very good they do what they’re supposed to do. Unfortunately, they also get tripped for any and every reason that’s a little too far but they get tripped so you need to know where to reset them a lot of times you’ll see the rest right on the outlet and that outlet will not only control that outlet but maybe two or three others also sometimes they can be reset at the box. If it’s at the outlet it’s just a push button if it’s the box it’s gonna be an actual usually a reset where you have to turn it off back on but just find out where all these articles inevitably they’re gonna trip whether you wanted them to or not we get calls all the time none of my helmets in my bathroom work and it’s almost always a GFCI breaker.

3. Is very along the same lines it’s the AFCI breakers. 

This is an art fault circuit interrupter that works a little bit different than the GFCI but this is to protect from arcing and overheating and causing an electrical fire same type of principle though you need to know where all of your resets are so ask this of your home inspector when you get your inspection.

4. How many thermostats does this home have and where are they located? 

Good question because usually the thermostat is going to be the governing or dictating thing that’s going to tell the system to come on or off a lot of times if you have like I’ll give you a case in point I lived in a townhouse one time they just had one thermostat downstairs and so what would happen is warm air rises so you would set it a certain temperature and the temperature will be great downstairs but it would always be warmer upstairs and it’s because you had the one thermostat downstairs that controlled it you know you could if the system had there are systems with two thermostats it’s a little bit hard to explain in the short amount of time that we have and there are some remedies for that but basically you need to know where all your thermostats are and you know how to turn them on and off and that sort of thing.

5. Number five where are the return registers and air filters very good question you know your HVAC system basically cycles air.

 Whether its own heat or air conditioning and there’s always going to be returns or registers and where filters are going to be and you need to know what size these filters are because these filters over time get dirty and can get clogged and it causes your system to be inefficient have to work too hard, so depending on what type of filters you get you to know there’s a time frame when you should replace these filters and have multiple size filter so recommend asking your home inspector how many different sizes filters how many they are where are they and go buy a box of each one of these filters and get on a regular schedule of changing these filters.


GoTech Home Inspections – St Albert, AB.
Home Inspection St Albert Company
(587) 609-9005
9+ Years Servicing St Albert & Surrounding Areas
Home Inspector St Albert Experts
If you like us to help Inspect your New Home, you can schedule an appointment with us? —> click here
Fully Licensed, Insured & Bonded Home Inspector.

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