Before you buy or sell a home in Canada, it is essential to have a thorough inspection done by a qualified home inspector. This is to ensure that everything is in good condition and that there will be no unexpected repairs. Home inspection is important because it allows you to see beyond the surface and check the real state of the home and what you can expect from it, as well as what you will have to pay in addition to the expected expenses. It is also recommended to inspect newly built homes before purchase, although the new home warranty (or “new home guarantee” in Quebec) covers new construction in most Canadian provinces.
If the home inspector expresses doubts about the integrity of the roof or foundation, he or she may also want to perform a specialized inspection to check the condition of the roof or the severity of foundation problems to determine what type of renovations it will need. Nearly every purchase contract includes a contingency clause for home inspection that gives the buyer the option to back out of the deal if the home inspection reveals significant problems. Especially in the case of older homes, a home inspection can reveal deeper problems or the need for costly renovations. Generally speaking, water damage is one of the worst things you can find during a home inspection, as it usually indicates other problems that need to be repaired. Using the latest technologies, A Step Above Inspection Services offers industry-leading home inspections and customer service.
At Canadian Residential, we would love to see a Canadian-wide home inspection regulation adopted. At Canadian Home Inspection Services, we are up to date with building, electrical and plumbing codes and are trained to identify any incomplete items that fall within the builder's contractual obligations. A home inspection is one of the most important steps in the homebuying process and, in the long run, can save you a lot of money. The cost of inspecting your home depends on its square footage, location, type, construction, and age. A professional inspector provides an overview of all aspects of your property to determine what aspects might need improvement or require further attention or repairs.
Therefore, it makes sense to spend a relatively small amount compared to the cost to get an accurate report on the condition of your property and identify potential costly problems before closing the deal. When it comes to inspecting a Canadian home, there are several areas that must be checked by a qualified inspector. These include:
- Exterior: The exterior of a house should be inspected for any signs of damage such as cracks in walls or foundations, missing shingles on roofs, and any other visible signs of wear and tear.
- Interior: The interior should be inspected for any signs of water damage or mold growth, as well as any structural issues such as cracks in walls or ceilings.
- Plumbing: The plumbing system should be checked for any leaks or blockages that could cause water damage.
- Electrical: The electrical system should be inspected for any faulty wiring or outdated components.
- Heating/Cooling: The heating and cooling systems should be inspected for any signs of wear and tear or malfunctioning components.
It allows buyers and sellers alike to make informed decisions about their purchase and helps protect them from unexpected costs down the line. By hiring a qualified inspector who is up-to-date with building codes and regulations, you can rest assured that your property is safe and sound.