When it comes to buying a home, it's essential to be aware of any potential red flags that could indicate a problem. Faulty roofs can be a major issue, so be wary of any roof that is more than 20 years old and shows cracked or missing shingles, or evidence of previous repairs. Inside the house, look out for stains or paint on the roof. An experienced home inspector will be able to spot any warning signs related to the home.
In Ontario, the home inspection industry is now regulated, which is great news for homeowners. Before hiring an inspector, it's important to ask for references and find out how long they have been in the business and what their previous work experience was. It's best to look for an inspector with experience in construction or residential engineering. A home inspection is a comprehensive review of most of a building's structural systems and components.
In Canada, home inspection professionals are not licensed, with the exception of British Columbia and Alberta. If the seller insists that you use their own inspector, this should be taken as an important warning sign. If the inspection report highlights significant problems, you can reduce your offer or make it conditional on repairs being completed before the sale closes. It's essential to remember that skipping the inspection step can lead to unexpected costs down the line.