Questions Home Buyers Ask, Part 4: Home Inspection

My clients in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Parkland County and the Edmonton area have lots of questions, and I’m happy to answer them!  This article is Part 4 of a series that addresses the most common questions I get from buyers. 

Questions Home Buyers Ask, Part 4:  Home Inspection |Spruce Grove Stony Plain Parkland County Real Estate | Barry TwynamDo I have to get a home inspection?

While not required by law, a home inspection is something I recommend.  A home inspector can perform an objective visual assessment of the property to identify future maintenance issues with key components of your property such as electrical, plumbing, heating and even potential water problems.  This is also a great way for buyers to learn what types of maintenance costs they can expect over the short term.

What is the cost of a home inspection?

Budget about $400 to $500 for the inspection of a standard property such as a townhouse, half-duplex or single family home.  Expect additional costs if the property has more than one dwelling (e.g. a single family home with a basement suite).

How do I arrange a home inspection?

You may find your own home inspector, or ask your REALTOR® for a list of reputable inspectors.

Can I be at the house while the home inspection is going on?

Absolutely!  I recommend that my clients be present for at least the last hour of the home inspection.  This gives you the opportunity to review the results of the inspection with the inspector and ask any questions.  Most home inspections take 2 to 3 hours to complete, and are usually scheduled for the morning or early afternoon.

When do I pay for the home inspection?

Payment is due immediately after the inspection.  Most home inspectors accept cash, cheque or credit card.

Questions Home Buyers Ask, Part 4:  Home Inspection |Spruce Grove Stony Plain Parkland County Real Estate | Barry TwynamFor more information on this topic within my website:

If you don’t see your question here, it might be answered in the Buyers Guide section of my website.  Or, feel free to contact me any time by email at or by phone 780-910-9669.

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Barry Twynam, Realty Executives Leading
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