Home Inspections 101

The ever common phrase ‘Buyer Beware’ rings true for home buyers. To avoid any unforeseen defects or potential problems your future home might face, it is essential to arrange a home inspection. Your REALTOR® can ensure that a home inspection is a condition of your offer. Buyers should arrange a home inspection because:

A home inspection gives you an idea of any immediate repairs that may need to be done, and also any future repairs that you can expect

  • An unbiased third party can take an objective look at the home and advise you as to its true condition
  • A home inspection allows you to learn about many aspects of your home, including heating, plumbing, electrical systems etc…

Your REALTOR® can refer you to a number of inspectors. Be sure to choose one that has a good reputation and is insured. Throughout the inspection, it is recommended that you are present, or at least join the inspector at the end to do a walk-through with him or her. Your inspector should look at the mechanical and structural soundness of your home and all of its components and systems. An inspector will get in tiny crawl spaces, attics and will test for moisture etc… In addition, your home inspector should inspect the outside of your home for any cracks or potential problems.

At the end of the inspection you should receive a written report from the inspector outlining his or her findings. If there is anything that you or the inspector think requires further examination, then it is up to you to contact a specialist.

Although an inspection is certainly not a guarantee, it does provide you with a clear picture of what condition your future home is in and allows you to foresee any future costs associated with repairs or maintenance.

For any real estate assistance in the Oakville, Burlington, Milton area contact Mary at maryobrienc21@cogeco.ca  

Mary O'Brien

Mary O'Brien

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
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