When you make an offer on a home, it’s a smart idea to have a professional
home inspector check it out from top to bottom. This inspection will ensure
that the property doesn’t have any unexpected “issues”. After all, you don’t
want to buy a home only to discover that the roof needs to be replaced,
immediately, for thousands of dollars.
That being said, you might question whether you really need to invest the
few hundred dollars it costs for a professional home inspection. “The home
we want to buy looks like it’s in very good shape,” you might be thinking. “I
can’t see anything wrong with it.”
However, a professional home inspector can see things you can’t. When
you view a property that’s on the market, you might be able to notice
obvious issues, like a crack in the foundation or a dripping faucet. If you’re
experienced with home maintenance, you might even notice roofing tiles
that look like they’re overdue for replacement.
But you won’t pick up all the issues a home inspector can.
A home inspector will, for example, use a special device to check for
moisture build-up in the washrooms – which can be an indication of mould.
He or she will also inspect wiring to make sure everything is safe and
compliant with the building code.
That’s not all.
Like a determined detective, a home inspector will investigate the property’s
structure, electrical and plumbing systems, insulation, and other
components — and then report the findings to you.