Are you buying a home? A pre-purchase home inspection can provide you with the information you need to know about the condition of the house you plan to purchase. More information equals an informed purchase decision, which equals fewer surprises. Minimize the risk to your investment. No one wants to face serious, unexpected costs shortly after a purchase. Selling a home? Show prospective purchasers that every effort has been made to disclose the current condition of the home. A listing inspection can equal a faster sale.
If identified, before finalizing a deal, the cost of major repairs can often be negotiated into the final purchase price, or repairs can be done by the seller prior to a sale. "A subject to home inspection" clause can equal money saved on repairs. Gain an understanding of the systems in your home, their operation, and required maintenance. Preventative maintenance equals fewer headaches later.
The best source is by far a "word of mouth" referral; ask your Realtor, a friend, family or co-worker if they can recommend a home inspector they have used in the past and were satisfied with the services.Whatever your referral source, you should still perform due diligence when selecting an inspector. Discuss your expectations with the inspector to ensure that the report provided will meet your specific needs.
A home inspection usually takes between three and four hours, depending on the size, age and condition of the house. It is critical that the inspector can access all areas and/or systems. If certain areas are inaccessible, the inspection can be hampered and take longer than necessary, at which point the client may need to reschedule and pay for a return visit to the site.
We recommend that potential home-buyers, along with their Realtor, accompany the inspector for a final walk-through once the inspection is complete. Usually, this walk-through is the final hour after the inspector is complete. It can be a valuable learning experience. However, value can be lost if you follow the inspector around for the entire inspection, asking questions, as this reduces the thoroughness and focus of your professional inspector. Use the end-summary/walk-through as the opportunity to get more familiar with your new home and most importantly, your inspector will explain the results and you can ask your home inspector questions on the spot at this time.
A Home Inspector will provide you with an objective information report regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home, as inspected at the time of the home inspection. Identified in this report will be components that are not performing properly, as well as items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe. Your Home Inspector should be willing to answer any questions you might have and to clarify the limitations of the inspection to avoid misunderstandings.
Pricing can vary depending on your area of service. For a typical single family home, you should expect to pay in the range of $350 to $500 (plus applicable tax), but price can also vary depending on type of property (i.e. condo, mobile home, Vintage Home, etc.). Ask your home inspector beforehand. Also remember that some inspectors may have surcharges; basement suite, age of house, mileage, etc. DO HOME
Several home inspectors offer a wide range of services, including indoor air quality investigations, new construction deficiencies list, building envelope surveys, WETT (wood burning appliances) Inspections, etc.
For more information about home and property inspections, visit the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors website.
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