Your home is one of the biggest purchases you are going to make, and unlike the sweater from the GAP, if there is something wrong you can’t exactly take it back.
One of the most proactive measures you can take to avoid finding expensive repairs after you’ve bought your new home, is hiring a qualified home inspector.
A home inspector will inspect the condition of the home and systems inside and out. This will include roof, windows, plumbing, electrical, chimney, most every component of your house, and identify any concerns of future or present performance. They can also discover past repairs that have been done to the house, and what affect they might have down the road.
As a homebuyer, the outcome of a home inspection can often seem overwhelming – even brand new homes will come with a list of problems – there is no such thing as a flawless house. The point of a home inspection is to find any major deficiencies that can become problematic and expensive, everything else can be viewed as a “to-do list” of small repairs for after the purchase of the home.
A home inspection generally takes three hours to go through everything and cost from $400-500 depending on the inspector, area, and house size. This may very well be the best money spent as a buyer of a home.
If you have any questions, or would like assistance in finding a home inspector in your area feel free to contact me.
To read more about the importance of a home inspection, read CMHCs “Hiring a Home Inspector” report.