Most people will say that a home is the largest purchase they will ever make. So it only makes sense that you should know as much as possible about the home before you purchase. Inspections give you a clear picture of the building systems and structural components and help to avoid surprises and potentially costly repairs. For those selling a home, a pre-listing inspection is recommended before listing to ensure you are fully aware of any issues buyers could uncover and which ultimately could affect your negotiated sale price.
What do I look for in a home inspector?
When choosing a home inspector, there are a number of factors that you should consider, including their general knowledge, experience, training, certification, and industry participation. You can be assured when you hire a member of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) that you are hiring a professional with proven ability, experience and impartiality. To help you understand more about CAHPI and the reasons you should use a CAHPI inspector, please visit https://www.cahpi.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=404&Itemid=57&lang=en
What does a home inspection include?
A home inspection covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house, including the site grading, condition of the external property, heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible components.
Do I need to be present during a home inspection?
You are not required to be present for the inspection, although we highly recommend it. Most clients find it a valuable learning experience and it gives them an opportunity to ask questions on the spot.
When will I see my report and what's included?
You will receive a detailed electronic report within 24 hours of the inspection. The report is easy to read and understand - definitions are provided for commonly used terms. The report will include a summary page which outlines key areas of concern, as well as a number of high resolution colour photographs to capture the observations found. The report will also offer maintenance recommendations to improve the safety and resale value of the home. This report provides a permanent record of the home's condition before your purchase and is a great reference for renovations or home improvements.