You found the perfect house. You can visualize your life in this house. But, how do you make sure that the life in this house doesn’t come with hidden problems and repairs that you will have to pay for? You might not be able to test drive the house, but you can have the next best thing: a home inspection. A home inspector can figure out any issues with the house and save you from getting an awful surprise later. Don’t think you need a home inspection? Check out our article “Do I need a home inspection?” to learn more.
Finding Home Inspectors:
We’ve established the importance of getting a home inspector but where do you find one? There are a few places to look.
Friends and Family: Your own network is a good place to start the search. If you know someone that has recently purchased or sold a house, reach out to them. Your friends are also likely to give you an honest and full review of the home inspector they had. Also, since they were recently in your shoes, their experiences could provide some good lessons for you.
Online Resources: Online websites like the Alberta Professional Home Inspectors Society and Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors are great places to look for home inspectors in Edmonton.
Choosing Home Inspectors:
While choosing your home inspector, some important things to look out for are:
License: Home Inspectors are required to have a license in Alberta. You can check if a home inspection business is licensed on the Service Alberta website.
References: Hiring a home inspector is employing someone to do work for you. Like any job interview, it is a good idea to ask your home inspector for references. You can ask the home inspector of their recent 2-3 customers and contact them for their review. Additionally, you can also look up reviews online on websites like Google and Yelp.
Knowledge and Training: In addition to a license, you should ask your home inspector about their training and if they keep up with continuing education courses. In Edmonton, you should also ask your inspector if they are knowledgeable about the Alberta Building Codes.
Errors and Omission Insurance: Your home inspector is required to have a type of professional liability insurance that protects companies and their workers or individuals against claims made by clients for inadequate work or negligent actions.
What to Expect:
Okay, you’ve chosen your home inspector and signed a contract with them. Now, what should you expect at the home inspection?
Your home inspector should check the following:
- Flashing and chimney
- Exterior including lot grading
- Retaining walls
- Patios and decks
- Heat pumps and cooling
You can also download our Free Home Inspection Checklist and review it or take it with you to your home inspection.
The home inspection will take around 2 hours. The inspector should make extensive notes and take pictures. Ideally, you should be present during the inspection, so you see that the inspection is up to standard and get any of your questions answered.
After the Home Inspection:
The home inspector should provide you with a detailed report on the house. The home inspection report must have notes on the items mentioned in the contract.
If there are major repairs to be done, you can ask your seller to do those or negotiate a lower price for the property. If your seller agrees to repair them, talk to your home inspector about a reinspection of the repaired parts.
Things to Remember:
- You should hire your own home inspector. A home inspector hired by the seller or your realtor will have their interests at the forefront. It is best to do the hiring yourself to avoid conflict of interest.
- The cost of a home inspection will vary with the square footage but should be around $500-$700. A small price to pay for your peace of mind.
- The home inspector cannot break down any parts of the house so remember that their inspection is of the physical condition of the house.
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