For most people purchasing a house is probably the single biggest investment they will make in their lives. A comprehensive, professional house inspection:
- Allows the buyer to make an informed decision about such an investment.
- Can prevent unexpected and expensive surprises in the future.
- Provides valuable information about the construction, operation and maintenance of the house.
- Provides the technical expertise which complements the services provided by real estate and legal professionals.
When Do I Request An Inspection?
The best time to hire a home inspector is right after you've made an offer on your new home. The real estate agent will include in the Offer to Purchase a clause making the sale conditional on a satisfactory inspection report.
How Do I Find A Home Inspector?
Professional home inspection companies are as close as your Yellow Pages. In Ontario, Canada, reputable home inspection companies are members of: The Canadian Association of Home Inspectors, The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors and The American Society of Home Inspectors. Ask what they will inspect and how detailed a report they will prepare for you. Consider asking them for references. As a service to my client, I will be present at the inspection along with the buyer.
What Does An Inspection Include?
A thorough inspection of your new home includes a systematic examination of the exterior and interior from the roof to the basement. The inspector will report on such things as the condition of the roof, structure, foundation, drainage, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, insulation, walls, windows, doors and the electrical system. This inspection typically takes two to three hours.
What Do I Get At The End Of The Inspection?
A reputable inspector will provide you with a complete and detailed written record of the inspection. Many will also provide you with a home maintenance manual.
How Much Does An Inspection Cost?
In Ontario, Canada, an inspection will most likely be $400.00 or more plus GST. These fees often pay for themselves. If the inspector discovers problems that you weren't aware of, you'll have the information you need to make a decision about any course of action.
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