It seems that of late home inspectors have taken a bad rap – much of the public seems to be of the opinion that they may not offer value.
I believe that when you are making what is often the largest investment of your life, protecting yourself by having a qualified inspector thoroughly inspect the home is a must. That being said, hiring the right home inspector is crucial!
I often compare a home inspection to your yearly doctor’s checkup:
A good doctor will thoroughly check your overall health.
Identifying health issues of concern and recommending treatment or lifestyle changes. Your doctor can’t open up your chest wall and look inside so they may not be able to identify absolutely every issue, but a good one will see warning signs for the future.
Much is the same with a good home inspector.
Like a doctor’s exam it is not possible to open up house walls. They cannot see absolutely every element of a home and they are not able to predict every future outcome. They can, however, give a very good idea of the homes current 'health' as well as suggestions for maintaining its 'health'.
The right inspector will thoroughly survey the home looking at all areas, including those we would not have been able to adequately look at during the viewing. This would include climbing on the roof to see the life left in the shingles, climbing in the attic to ensure there is adequate insulation, testing the furnace for gas leaks, testing moisture levels in the basement, and much more!
Like a good doctor, good inspectors come recommended.
I have upmost confidence in their ability to give my clients a report card on the 'health' of the home they are contemplating purchasing.
By making your offer on a home conditional upon a satisfactory home inspection, you are not obligated to proceed with a purchase if the inspection finds deficiencies that are unacceptable to you.
This is the wise way to look after your health, and to buy real estate.
Written by Brenda Bowness, REALTOR at CENTURY 21 Advantage (Red Deer, AB)