While not a requirement of purchasing a home, a home inspection is a highly recommended part of the buying process so you know exactly what you’re getting. A home inspection is when you get a professional assessment of the condition of a property before buying it. Sellers may also get a home inspection completed as a pre-inspected home can be more appealing to buyers and can help them identify areas to address before putting the home on the market.
Keep reading to find out more about home inspections and how you can find a reliable home inspector.
Not all provinces and territories have industry regulations or require certification for home inspectors. However, there are steps you can take to find a reliable home inspector before you make an offer on a home.
First, do your research:
It’s a good idea to find an inspector who’s a member of an association or professional order, because their work often includes liability insurance in case of malpractice, which protects the buyer in some respects.
Before you hire a home inspector:
A good home inspection includes a non-invasive, visual evaluation of all main systems and components of a home. It helps inform you about the physical condition of the home and possible repairs needed before you buy or renovate it.
A home inspector should walk you through the home and—typically based on a non-invasive, visual evaluation—point out any existing or potential problems, including the condition of:
You may wish to ask your home inspector if the CSA A770 Home inspections standard will be applied during the inspection. If the home inspector does not use the CSA A770 Home inspections standard, consider asking how his or her inspection procedures compares to the procedures listed in the standard.
For more information, register with the CSA Group to get free, read-only access to the CSA A770 Home inspection standard.
A home inspection report will be limited to describing conditions in the areas of the home that the inspector can see or has access to during the inspection.
If an inspector is unable to see a portion of the home—like a snow-covered roof or a locked furnace room—it will not be possible to report on its condition or safety.
Make sure that the seller or real estate agent makes all areas of the home accessible for inspection.
Get a written contract outlining the items you need to have inspected, the home inspection report deadline and the total cost before the work gets started.
Be aware that a home inspector should not give you estimates of repair or renovation costs, either during the inspection or in the report.
While not a requirement when purchasing a home, a home inspection can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you purchase a home without getting a proper inspection, you could end with problems that cost you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
You can also see if the seller has had a pre-listing inspection done. Some sellers do this to share with prospective buyers and speed up the selling process.
If the inspection reveals issues with the house, you can ask the seller to fix the problems or you can adjust your offer so you can make the repairs yourself.
National standards help to make products and services more reliable for consumers across Canada. When the approved practices and terms of standards are adopted by professionals, consumers can make more informed decisions.
In 2016, CSA Group—a non-profit standards organization—published a national standard for voluntary use by home inspectors. The CSA A770 Home inspection standard helps ensure that all key aspects of a home inspection are covered. It helps give confidence to consumers that the inspection is thorough and carried out in line with best practices outlined in national guidelines.
Register with the CSA Group to get free, read-only access to the CSA A770 Home inspection standard.
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Home Inspection Information Courtesy: Government of Canada Website - https://ised-isde.canada.ca/site/office-consumer-affairs/en/buying-and-leasing-big-ticket-items/home-inspections#s1