1. What is your background?
If they tell you they got laid off at the local car manufacturing plant, or yesterday their job included asking “Do you want fries with that?” it may be good to thank them for their time and look for someone with a background related to construction.
2. How long have you been Inspecting and how many inspections have you done?
The answer should reassure you that they do have the experience and knowledge that you need.
3. What kind of training do you have?
Courses such through a Community College, Carson / Dunlop and the OAHI (Ontario Association of Home Inspectors) will provide recognizable credentials in Ontario.
4. Do you belong to a Union or Association?
The OAHI (Ontario Association of Home Inspectors) is the only association in Ontario with government recognition under a Private Members Bill to set Standards for Home Inspectors in Ontario
5. What other job do you have?
The best answer is “None, I am a full time inspector.” You do not want someone who does this as a hobby.
6. Can I come on the inspection?
The correct answer should be “Absolutely, and feel free to ask questions, which will be answered as I get to the item.”
7. How long does an Inspection take?
The recognized (according to CMHC’s web site) amount of time is generally about 2 ½ hours to 3 hours. This can vary with the size of the house as well as the age.
8. Are you insured?
This is important because currently about 70% of inspectors are not insured. Many inspectors feel having insurance is an invitation for a lawsuit. Any professional business should simply protect themselves
9. What is the cost of an Inspection?
CMHC’s website advises an average cost in Ontario is $400 – $600.