The 3 Types of Home Inspections and Why they Matter

Nick Klassen, Certified Master Inspector, checking the gutters of a home

The 3 Main Types of Home Inspections and Why they Matter

By RGC Home Inspections

For every situation you are in, there is a different home inspection that
may suit your fancy better than another. In this article, we will be going
over the 3 main types of home inspections, what they cover, when you should use it, and why they are important.

These three inspection types are:

  • Pre-Sale Inspections
  • Pre-Purchase Inspections
  • Home Warranty Inspections

Pre-Sale Inspections

When to get a pre-sale inspection:

Pre Sale Inspections are performed typically before you list your home with a real estate agent.

What pre-sale home inspections cover:

Pre-sale Home Inspections cover every part of your home, from the roofing materials, all the way to the foundation of your home, and everything in between. They are just like a normal home inspection.

Why are pre-sale inspections important:

They are recommended for the reason that it gives you a chance to see what other inspectors will point our when they are performing an inspection for the person buying your home. This gives you a chance to possibly repair your home before any buyers come in asking for discounts based on what their home inspector found, which can help you to demand full asking price if you perform these simple repairs.


Pre-Purchase Home Inspections

When to get a pre-purchase inspection:

These are your standard home inspections and this is what most people think of when they hear the words “property inspection”. Pre-purchase Inspections are performed typically right after you decide you want to buy a house and are a part of the due diligence process.

What pre-purchase inspections cover:

Pre-purchase Home Inspections cover every part of your future home. The general areas we cover are:

Areas Checked During a Home Inspection

Our pre-purchase inspections include an infrared scan of your home so that you can see anything that may be hiding behind the walls such as a plumbing leak, missing insulation, or even moisture intrusion through the foundation.

Why are pre-purchase property inspections important:

It has become common knowledge and practice to get one of these inspections every time you buy a home so that you can get an objective view of the property in the purchasing phase. Often times we can fall in love with a property which causes us to throw our blinders on in the heat of the moment and overlook some issues that may come up in the future. As well they have the ability to give you peace of mind about one of the biggest purchase decisions of your life.

Home Warranty Inspections

When to get a home warranty inspection:

Home Warranty Inspections or 11 Month Inspections are performed right before your home warranty runs out. Most of the time this warranty is for 1 year, or 12 months. This is why you should get a home inspection company to come in on that last month.

What Home Warranty Inspections Cover:

When you are looking for a company to perform your Home Warranty Inspection be sure that they will cover every part of your home just like a regular pre-purchase home inspection.

  • Exterior and Interior
  • Roof
  • Attic
  • Insulation
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Garage
  • Chimneys
  • Appliances
  • Foundations
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

Why are home warranty inspections important:

While being the first one to live in a home, is a great feeling, it can be met with an awful feeling of things falling apart after the 1 year home builders warranty is up. A home warranty inspection or 11-month inspection is a great investment because it allows you to get major fixes performed on your house while you still have coverage, instead of finding out about any workmanship deficiencies later in your home-ownership which can cost you a pretty penny for most home repairs. As well, most of the time the cost for this type of inspection is included in the purchase of your home so there is no reason not to get a home warranty inspection.

If you are looking to buy a home in or around edmonton our Edmonton Home Inspectors would love to help you feel more confident in your buying decision and try to find any deal-breakers.


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