Awareness, made easy with Prelude's FAQ'S


Please note that these are the terms of Prelude’s 100% Guarantee. Unless otherwise noted in your home inspection Agreement, or if not possible, we will perform all home inspections in accordance with the current Standards of Practice (SOP) of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (“InterNACHI”) posted at  If your jurisdiction has adopted mandatory standards that differ from InterNACHI’s SOP, we will perform the home inspection in accordance with your jurisdiction’s standards.

You understand that InterNACHI’s SOP contains limitations, exceptions, and exclusions.

***Please Note the 100% Guarantee dose NOT apply to any other servise other than home inspections at this time.***  

Our mission: To serve the buyers and sellers market by maintaining high degree of integrity and objective focus with every service provided.

Certifications acquired through home inspector training from InterNACHI

What are many of my competitors not telling you?

Typically, general home inspections, whether with Prelude Home Inspections & Consulting or with 'abc inspection' are limited in nature and not necessary technically exhaustive. For example, most SOP do not require an inspector to identify mold or mold like substance, they don’t require an inspector to identify termites, rats, or even rot causing fungi. A general home inspection is certainly NOT a code compliance inspection.

What is a home inspection?

A general home inspection is a visual non-invasive evaluation of the accessible building systems and components inside and outside.

Why can’t I inspect it my self?

You can inspect it your self but, consider this even some of the most seasoned homeowner lacks the knowledge of some systems, not to mention its hard to stay objective when emotionally involved. A Prelude Home Inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction and remains completely objective and unemotional about the home.

What are the benefits of a home inspection?

A buyer or seller has an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the condition of the home. It’s a perfect time to discuss any concerns they have, the information that will be gathered during an inspection can be extremely valuable in negotiations regardless if you are buying or selling.

Is there a difference between a 'home buyer’s'  and a 'home seller’s' inspection?

No. The home inspector will conduct the same inspection regardless of whether you are a home buyer or seller.

What is the difference between a home inspector and a property or home appraiser?

A home inspection involves an evaluation of the condition of the home at the time of the inspection. An appraisal is the formal process of estimating a property’s value as it relates to a mortgage loan or mortgage insurance. An appraisal does not itemize defects or reflect potential problems in the home.

How to find a home inspector?

Look no further! We’ll be happy to help! 226-802-3504

What are the factors to consider while choosing an inspector?

·         They are certified to perform quality home, property and building inspections

·         They have experience in performing inspections

·         They are licensed (mandatory in some Provinces)

·         They carry Liability in addition to E&O Insurance

·         They have professional training and participate in ongoing training

·         They provide through and detailed reporting

·         They are welcoming, professional and courteous

How do I know my home inspector is qualified?

Prelude Inspectors are certified through training and testing processes set out by our governing body’s. We are licensed in Ontario and subscribe to CGL in addition to E & O insurance. These license requirements often include additional training and testing as well as yearly continuing education to stay at the top of the industry.  You can rest assured that we are fully qualified.>>

When should I call to schedule an inspection?

You should call us once you have determined that you wish to either purchase or sell a home. We make it easy for you to book an inspection.

How long does a typical home inspection take?

A typical home inspection takes 2.5-3.5 hours depending on the size and layout of the home, building or property. During this time, we thoroughly inspect your home, provide you with a detailed home inspection report and answer any questions you may have.


Do you get on the roof?

Your roof is arguably the most important system of your home/building.  Prelude's certified home inspectors make every effort to get on a roof provided it is safe to do so.


How much does it cost for a typical home inspection or consult?
The cost of a professional home inspection is based on the size and age of the home, property, or building and sometimes its location. We suggest you call us to request an inspection and ask for a quote based on the information about your home.


How do I prepare for a home inspection?

You should attend the inspection so you can become familiar with the condition of the home and its components. Attending and taking part in a inspection is encouraged, we feel this assists in good communication!


Will you tell me if the house passes or fails the inspection?

A home inspection is not the same as a code inspection. Those code inspections either pass or fail and are typically done in new construction … remember codes are always changing and being revised. It is not uncommon for a one year old house to not be 100% code compliant. The purpose of a private home inspection is to educate you, the client, on the condition of the home.  When the building inspection process is complete, you should have a clear understanding of the home, its components and their condition.  It's far better to make proactive informed decisions concerning repairs, replacement and maintenance.

What if a home inspection reveals problems?

If the home inspector discovers problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. This information is used to inform you of possible future repairs whether it be major or minor. Everyone has their own threshold and only you can determine if the house fits your budget, DYI skills, life style etc.


For items that require repair or replacement, will the inspector tell me the costs of each?
Prelude Home Inspectors do not claim to be “estimators” in the profession of every trade however, we may give ball park ideas to our clients. We are in contact with multiple trades regularly and have a basic under standing of prices.  We always encourage everyone to do their due diligence when hiring professionals.


Will the inspector tell me which repairs the seller should take care of and which ones I should repair myself?

The Inspectors at Prelude leave the negotiations to the relators and attorneys however, we do try our very best to prioritize major to minor.


Does Prelude Home Inspections & Consulting make the actual repairs on their report findings?

Simply, no. We can point you in the right direction though!


Will the inspector forward the report to other agents and clients involved in the home sale?

When we perform an inspection for you, our business relationship is with you only. Without your permission, we will not produce a report for, or discuss a report with any other party. You payed for our service once you have the report you are free to do what you want with it!