A home inspection is an essential step for anyone looking to purchase a property in Canada. It is a great way to protect your investment and ensure that you understand the true condition of the property. Even if the previous owners have already done an inspection, it is important to do your own due diligence. It is also recommended to get a pre-purchase inspection for newly built homes, as most Canadian provinces have a new home guarantee.
Especially for older homes, a home inspection can reveal deeper problems or the need for costly renovations. Investing a couple of hundred dollars in an inspection can save you from significant costs in the future or drastically affect the true value of the home you are buying. A strong real estate contract should include contingencies that allow for renegotiation or termination based on more serious issues that are detected during the inspection. This gives you an out in case you encounter any major problems during your home health check.
The resulting defects can lead to high labor or repair costs, so it is important to be prepared financially and contractually to protect yourself during the buying and closing process. You can ask the seller to cover these costs or fix the repairs before closing the deal, or you can choose to cancel the deal altogether. If you make an offer in a seller's market, you may not have these contingencies and run the risk of needing major repairs. The final tour will also give you one last look to see if anything has changed or been overlooked during the inspection.
However, since home inspections rarely show “decisive factors”, let's take a look at some of the most common issues found during a Canadian home inspection. These issues may include cracked driveways, peeling paint, worn-out carpets, roof integrity problems, faulty HVAC systems, cracks in foundations, problems with beams, energy waste, humidity and electrical problems. None of these items are necessarily reasons to leave a house, but if all of them were noted in an inspection report it would indicate that there are some problems that need to be addressed. Home inspections often highlight problems well but don't explain very well what they mean for landlords, how serious they are in general terms or what is needed to fix them. When inspecting a home it is important to use a thermal imager which will help detect energy waste, humidity and electrical problems by scanning and visualizing the surface temperature of walls or surfaces. It is also recommended to choose an inspector who is a member of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) for added safety. In conclusion, it is important to be aware of all potential issues that may arise during a Canadian home inspection.
Investing in an inspection can save you from significant costs in the future or drastically affect the true value of the home you are buying. A strong real estate contract should include contingencies that allow for renegotiation or termination based on more serious issues that are detected during the inspection.