When purchasing a home there are so many steps in the process - it can be overwhelming. The one procedure I can't stress enough is having a accredited Home Inspector conduct an inspection on the home you are hoping to make yours.
There is no law that states you must have a home inspection completed before purchasing a home. But a home inspection is money well spent. There is a chance of the inspection uncovering a problem that could cost you thousands of dollars in the future. One such example comes to mind. During a home inspection it was discovered that a family of raccoons had made their home in the attic, in the process they had interfered with the wiring and live wires were present. This could have resulted in a horrendous tragedy if they had not been discovered and repaired.
Choose an Inspector who is accredited through the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors ( OAHI) or the Canadian Associtation of Home and Property Inspectors ( CAHPI).
Depending on the size of the home, a home inspection will take approximately three hours and cost around $350 - $500. As the potential home buyer, you will accompany the inspector as he makes his way through the house. Pay attentions during this process as a good inspector will offer helpful tips on home maintenance. I still rely on my home inspection report for maintaining different areas of my home.
A home inspector will do a visual inspection of the home's various systems. Both inside and outside. He will go up on the roof to get a good look at the condition of the shingles, gutters, downspouts, chimney and eaves, When he does a walk around the outside of the home he will be looking for visible foundation cracks. Inside he will check the electrical, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, insulation, flooring, ceilings, walls and windows.
At the end of the inspection, the inspector will provide you with a written report of his findings. This may include items that may need immediate attention and items the may require repair or maintenance in the near future.
This report may also provide information that your dream home may be more of a nightmare and sway your decision on weather to continue with the purchase of the home.
Here are some links that may help you with your decision on home inspections: