Why the Home inspection is important
The home inspection is usually done within 2-3 days from acceptance of your offer of Purchase, with a condition in the offer to provide for same.
A pre-inspection; a home inspection completed prior to making an offer. If you are not the successful buyer, you have taken a small lost due to the cost of the pre-inspection.
Some sellers will have a pre-listing home inspection available to purchasers for review. However some purchasers may still want to obtain their own home inspection from an inspector of their choice.
Home inspections are important because there are some issues that could affect obtaining insurance. They are also important because they enable you to acquire as much knowledge as possible about the physical aspects of the home.
The home inspector’s role is to inform you about the property’s condition. The home inspector will tell you if something is not functioning properly, needs to be changed or is unsafe. You will also be informed of repairs that need to be made and maybe even where there may have been problems in the past.
Every inspection should include a visual assessment of at least the following:
- Doors and windows
- Roof and exterior walls
- Plumbing and electrical systems (where visible)
- Heating and air conditioning systems
- Ceilings, walls and floors
- Insulation (where visible)
- Septic tanks, wells or sewer lines (if inspector is qualified)
- Any other buildings such as a detached garage
- The lot, including drainage away from buildings, slopes and natural vegetation
- Overall opinion of structural integrity of the buildings
Common areas (in the case of a condominium/strata or co-operative)
There is presently no mandatory certification and no legislated requirements for home inspectors to take any courses or to have passed any tests. Anyone can say that they are a home inspector. However, a good home and property inspector generally belongs to a provincial or industry association. CMHC does not recommend or endorse any individual home inspector or association. CMHC supports national standards of competency for home inspectors. For more information about the home inspection industry's voluntary National Certification Program, visit the National Certification Authority's website at http://www.nca-anc.com/.
Home inspector fees are generally in the $500 range and depend on the size and condition of the home.