Did you know purchasing a home in Edmonton without hiring a home inspector is equivalent to investment suicide? Home inspection is critical. Purchasing the wrong home can have serious consequences on you and your family’s safety and your investment. 

Did you know purchasing a home in Edmonton without hiring a home inspector is equivalent to investment suicide? Home inspection is critical. Purchasing the wrong home can have serious consequences on you and your family’s safety and your investment. More and more DIY renovation reality shows are making it look easy to do renovations in your home and save money. The problem with this is that substandard materials and workmanship are being introduced into more homes than ever before. Would you like to be the proud new owner of one of these homes? Weak structure, improper plumbing, fire hazard

Hiring the wrong home inspector can make your home buying experience go sideways. But we have gathered 6 tips you should know when hiring a home inspector Edmonton.

1- Home inspectors are limited to what they can do.

Standard Of Practice do not let inspectors move furniture or cut holes in walls.  So even the best inspector cannot find problems if the seller wants to hide them well. Home inspectors are however trained to look for clues that would determine if the seller is indeed trying to hide something. Fresh paint, illogical furniture arrangements, dust or lack of it, etc etc.

2- Hire the inspector yourself. 

Only you can protect your investment the best. Get a list of qualified home inspectors and get a list of their references. Do you homework and contact everyone on your list and get a feel for them on the phone. Pick one that makes you feel comfortable.  Ask how long an average inspection takes. If it is shorter than three hours they are  not taking the proper time required to do a thorough inspection. Do they offer any warranties or guarantees.

 

3- Read and understand your home inspection report 

As one of the largest investments you will ever make be sure to ask lots of questions. Do not feel intimidated or scared and ask until you understand. Phone you uncle, dad, brother, sister to confirm things that might not be clear. Use what ever resources available to you as your lifelines. Google is also your friend, use them. Not only will understanding your home inspection report help you reduce risk but you will also understand how to use and maintain your house better.

4- Double check the home inspectors background

Preference should be given to a home inspector who has some construction or renovation history. A home inspector who was once a plumber; electrician, carpenter, framer, handyman, home builder, will probably have experience with various facets of building or fixing a home. And this past experience as well as their current home inspector training will give you the buyer the advantage. Home inspectors are only regulated  and licensed in BC and Alberta. If you own a flashlight in Ontario you can be a home inspector.

 

5- Do not let your emotions get in the way

Some people fall in love with the home right away from an aesthetic perspective and do not consider the potential issues with an unbiased opinion.The home inspectors job is to point out potential issues that will cost money to repair. Some repairs are sometimes worth more than the property itself. Or cost more than the owner can afford after putting most of their savings into the down payment. Approach a home buying decision with an open mind.

6- Do not hire an inspector based on price

The average price of a home in Alberta is just about $300 000. Saving $50 or $100 on a substandard home inspection is not the place to cut corners. It could cost you  tens of thousands of dollars or worse, all of your life savings. If you have done your homework above you will have created a short list of potential home inspectors who will do a good job.

-do they offer warranties and guarantees

-take more than three hours to do an inspection

-have a history in real estate, preferably in the trades

-talk to references

-phone BBB

-google their name and website

-are they licensed and bonded with  the province of Alberta

-are they available

YEG Inspections in Edmonton can say yes to all the above questions and would be honored to perform your next home inspection. In the end if you do receive a good or bad home inspection with any home insepction comapny please leave a review of their services with BBB, Homestars, YELP or even your own blog at Blogger or Wordpress

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