Vancouver

Ask the Expert: Do Home Inspectors Provide Repair Costs?

Home inspectors are often asked about the cost of fixing problems they’ve uncovered. Sean Moss explains what the rules are

By
Home Inspector
March 17, 2015






Ask the Expert Sean Moss

Q: We’re having a home inspection done on the house we wish to buy, and we think there will be problems highlighted. Can we ask the inspector to estimate the costs of remediation, so we can renegotiate the price?

A: Home inspectors are often asked about the cost of repairs, usually at the end of the inspection when we give a verbal report on the condition of the home.  Although it would be convenient, as a rule, home inspectors do not provide written cost estimates or exact quotations for repairs.

Depending on the comfort level and experience of the inspector, rough ballpark costs may be discussed. However, the actual amounts can vary considerably depending on the contractor one hires.

Inspectors are encouraged not to provide written estimates for three simple reasons:

  1. Home inspectors are not allowed to repair or fix items, so to make cost estimates would be a conflict of interest and against our code of ethics.
  2. Due to the litigious nature of this profession, it can be very risky for the inspector, especially if estimates given are much different than the actual cost for completed repairs.  
  3. In addition to the potential legal ramifications and ethical implications, inspectors should always try to offer accurate information rather than guessing. Only an experienced contractor can do this accurately.

To make the process easier, I recommend hiring a contractor to accompany you during the report summary, or to discuss the details of the report soon after the inspection.

For additional information on this topic or anything related to home inspections, feel free to contact me via the links on this page and I’ll help you out.


Sean Moss is a home inspector focusing primarily on residential properties with specialized knowledge in mold and building envelope science. He has been featured in Vancouver Magazine, Richmond News and The Jewish Independent and he also shares his knowledge through articles and workshops. Call Sean on 604-729-4261, visit his website homeinspectorsean.com and see his rating on review website HomeStars.
© Copyright 2017

Comments

REW.ca welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language, unsubstantiated allegations or self-promotional content, including promotional website links. We reserve the right to unpublish comments, to edit them for length, style, legality and taste, and to reproduce them in print or online. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Email to a Friend

Close