Home Buyers Guide

Reasons for a Home Inspection

Why should I get a home inspected?

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If you ever asked yourself, why do you need to have a home inspected? We will try to explain the basis why a home inspection is needed.

A proper home inspection is always HIGHLY recommended except in the rare cases such as buying a home from your parents or close relative that have lived in and know the house intimately. Smart real estate brokers always advise their buyers to have the home inspected by a professional inspector or some one you know who is knowledgeable about construction matters and issues involved in residential properties.

But that doesn't excuse you from looking carefully over the home before you get to the inspection stage. Remember the inspector will usually charge you between $200 and $300 or more for each inspection.
When you're adding up all the costs associated with buying a home, you may want to splurge the extra fee for a proper professional home inspection. You should hire a professional inspector and make your offer contingent on a satisfactory inspection.

An inspection can help you identify problems before you purchase a home. If there are problems, the inspection can persuade the sellers to make the necessary repairs, although it usually won't persuade them to adjust the price. If the problems are big, the inspection report may enable you to withdraw your offer. If there aren't problems, the inspection will make you feel more secure in your decision to purchase the home.
There are thousands of potential hazards when purchasing a home, and most buyers have no idea where to begin to look for problems. That's why it is so important to have the proper inspections completed before the expiration of the inspection clauses.

  1. First, you never know a home unless you've lived in it.
  2. Second, most people aren't particularly familiar with the structure and mechanicals of a house. The Roof may look fine to your eyes, but a house inspector may see peeling shingles and notice water marks from leaks on the ceiling.
  3. Third, a home inspector can be yet another voice helping you to distance your emotions from the purchase of a home.

You should be sure there is an Inspection Contingency in the contract which gives you the right to have a house inspector come and examine the property before you close on the purchase. It is a great way to protect yourself from major problems with the house.

Useful Resources for Home Buyers
  • Home Inspection Checklist
  • an important step in protecting yourself from buying a home with hidden faults that will require costly repairs.
  • Choosing a Home Inspector
  • Many new home buyers have the impression that all home inspectors are the same, in fact, many Canadian provinces and American States have no regulations for home inspectors so the experience level of inspectors vary.
  • Toxic Substance Inspection
  • You've already asked for the right to have a professional home inspector inspect your house. And you've asked for the right to have your home inspected for pests. Have you thought about having an inspector test for toxic substances?
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