What to Expect During a Home Inspection

Home Inspector taking notes

Whether selling a house, building a home, or buying previously owned, it’s important to have an inspection done on the home to assess the home’s condition and uncover possible problems. When selling, you want to be able to correct any problems, and when purchasing, you want to know what you’re getting yourself into before putting up an offer.

Not only will an inspector assess the home and find issues, you’ll be provided with something that acts as a type of homeowner’s manual. He or she will include a list of maintenance tips and other important information about the home.

If you’re selling, you probably want to get a pre-sale inspection. This will give you a chance to fix any repairs and price the home fairly.

In the fall of 2016, Ontario joined B.C. and Alberta as the only provinces in Canada to regulate the home-inspection industry. The regulation of home inspectors ensures the health of the industry and will create accountability that is helpful for consumers.

The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors is a good place to start when looking to hire a Registered Home Inspector. You’ll want a professional expert who will provide the best inspection.

It’s important to be there on inspection day. You want to ensure they’re looking at everything and are providing maintenance tips along the way. A final report will be made up, usually with pictures, but seeing everything in person is helpful. You’ll have a better understanding of how the home works and more detailed information about any problems that may arise. Inspections take a long time; possibly an entire morning or afternoon and you should take your time.

Some of the things a Registered Home Inspector will inspect are the heating and air conditioning system, electrical equipment, plumbing, the attic space, the basement, any evidence of leaks, the roof, the entire exterior, the foundation of the house, draining of the lot, when the home was built and if it’s up to code, and more.  If there are problems, repairs will be suggested.

Additionally, a disclosure statement will be made up. Documents will be drawn that state whether the seller knows of any problems and whether they have been fixed. It gives the inspector an idea of what to look for and make sure any disclosed issues have been fixed.

While you hope an inspector finds all issues, it’s possible you’ll discover something after moving in. Sometimes there are internal issues that an inspector can’t see with the naked eye. Check your contract and see what will happen if you find problems after moving in.

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