Walk like an inspector

Buyer beware, as the common saying goes. Help yourself become a better informed and prepared buyer by using the below tips. It is always recommended that you get an inspection if you are putting in an offer on a home, however, there are a few tips that you can implement to make you more aware of ‘red flags’ when you are on the hunt.

An inspection is a vital part of the home buying process, but when you are in the beginning stages of viewing homes, be sure to use a watchful eye as you visit each potential home. There are certain indicators that stand out. Always be on the lookout for any signs of water damage, leaks or mould. If you see any, be sure to point it out to your REALTOR® and make note of it. Check sinks, windows, doors and bathrooms well to look for any signs of leakage or water damage.

Take a thorough look at the basement and any crawl spaces that the home may have. Make note of any rotting and/or potential signs of damage that you may see. Also it is a good idea to walk around the outside of the home and look for any major cracks that you will want to point out to the inspector or your REALTOR®.

Some of the smallest things can also be telling. Look at the overall condition of the home, the appliances and the exterior of the home to get a feel for how well the home has been looked after. Although many sellers use staging, it is difficult to hide the fact that a home has been neglected.

Be sure to be realistic – every home may have its faults but having a watchful eye when viewing will help you get a better feel for the home and give you a starting point when you employ your inspector.

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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