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  • Q: What is a Home Inspection?

    A: Cornerstone Inspection is an opportunity for you to review the existing conditions of the home with a qualified inspector. It is the opportunity to ask questions to enhance your understanding on the maintenance, its systems, and to receive a comprehensive and customized report.

    Cornerstone Inspectors inspect readily accessible areas. Dismantling, destructive probing, and movement of personal possessions and furniture are beyond the scope of a home inspection. The reporting, details the conditions existing at the time of the inspection. Cornerstone Inspectors both meet, and exceed these minimum industry standards on each and every inspection to ensure you the customer are satisfied.
  • Q: Is a pre-listing inspection recommended?

    A: Absolutely. Pre-listing inspections bring to the surface any possible issues before a potential buyer sees them. In doing so, any necessary repairs can be made averting possible negotiation later. Having a professional Cornerstone Inspections' report available during a home viewing, is a valued support in addition to the disclosure statement.
  • Q: How long will it take?

    A: Property inspections for an average sized home are completed in less than two hours. Inspection time frames vary depending on the size and age of the home, client involvement and questions, and optional environmental tests requested.
  • Q: What is the fee for a home inspection?

    A: Fees start at $450.00 plus HST. Homes greater than 3,000 sq. ft., premium homes, multi-unit, and commercial property, require more time and are priced accordingly. Call Cornerstone Inspections today, for an estimate based on the specifics of your potential property.
  • Q: Is there a contract between the Inspector and the Purchaser?

    A: YES there is a pre-inspection agreement... This is standard and is presented at the time of inspection. Agreements are available by email for anyone that requests or our out of town clients.
  • Q: Can I attend the inspection?

    A: YES, Cornerstone encourages you to attend the inspection. The inspection is an educational opportunity, and by attending, observing, and asking questions, you will learn about the home and may get some tips on general maintenance, information that will be of great help to you after you have moved in.
  • Q: Is there a written report?

    A: Cornerstone Inspections provides a concise, comprehensive, customised report e-mailed within 24 hours of the inspection. The report is in addition to the verbal review on site and a summary at the end of the inspection to ensure your complete understanding and comfort.
  • Q: Is an Inspection necessary for a condominium?

    A: Yes. Many of the same inspection issues can surface with a condominium. Although, condominium associationsare responsible for most of the building and its systems, it would be wise to perform a detailed inspection of the unit’s interior components. A condominium inspection is limited to the unit and not the entire building. Cornerstone Inspections will inspect a condominium with the same thorough process as inspecting a stand- alone house.
  • Q: Should new construction be inspected?

    A: here are many benefits to inspecting your new-construction home prior to closing. Some new construction oversights are problematic from the beginning and will stay with the house. All of the same components are inspected new or old. If a problem is identified, there is time to alter the condition. In the process of the inspection, you learn how systems work, the location of important emergency shut-offs, and how to change over systems for each season. Our independent report will itemise defects and incomplete work.
  • Q: What is the difference between a Commercial and Residential Inspection?

    A: A residential inspection reports on the condition of the buildings' components and its systems. A commercial inspection reports on the same components with the addition of projected life expectancy, to the ASTM Standards.
  • Q: What is Infrared Thermography?

    A: This is a non-destructive testing technique, which is defined as the non-contact imaging and analysis of thermal energy from the surface of an object. An Infrared Camera detects and converts energy from the infrared spectrum into the visible spectrum. This technology allows the Inspector to "see" things that normally would not be detectable. Within the scope of a Home Inspection, we can identify and locate such things as:

    • Absent or improperly installed Insulation.
    • Wet areas or active leaks.
    • Excessive/significant air movement/leaks.
    • Issues with Electric or Hydronic radiant floor heat systems.

    Cornerstone Home Inspections uses this infrared technology as a diagnostic tool, to help identify significant anomalies as part of our Home Inspection Service to you. This is not to be confused with, or interpreted as, a Home Energy Audit or Home Energy Assessment Report.

 
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