Common Mistakes People Make During A Home Inspection
When purchasing a new house, you may get carried away with certain aspects, such as the great layout of the master bedroom or the spacious kitchen. However, people often fail to realize that they’re buying into not just a beautiful exterior, but the problems that come with it as well.
To avoid costly problems and learn the ins and outs of your home, a proper home inspection should be carried out – this is an accurate method of evaluating the condition of the home’s structure. A qualified home inspector will thoroughly examine all the features of the house including plumbing, foundation, roofs, electrical wiring, etc., - not only will they catch hidden damage, but also provide solutions to help with upkeep.
However, home inspectors vary in quality and cost, based upon their experience and licensing. When signing the contract and negotiating a price, you may select the wrong home inspector – this could harm your future home, and end up costing you more. To protect yourself from an unqualified home inspector and save you from additional costs, Lighthouse Inspections - Toronto Centre has put together a list of common pitfalls you should avoid when getting a home inspection.
1. Hiring a cheap inspector. Before you hire an inspector, do a little research. Start by asking for recommendations from family, friends or your real estate agent. Then contact at least two or three inspectors and check their background and level of experience. Be sure they are professional and certified by recognized associations, and work as full-time home inspectors.
Ask if they work individually or if they are part of an organization or franchise. Franchised inspectors report to higher authorities and have gone through comprehensive training. Therefore, they can make better-educated decisions.
Check if they utilize the latest technology for the inspection and find out what is included in the scope of the inspection work. Ask for a sample of the inspection report to make sure it contains all the items covered by the inspection.
2. Skipping the home inspection. It is essential for you to attend the home inspection. Buyers who do not attend the inspection are going to miss valuable information about their new home.
During the inspection, ensure you follow the inspector and find out, for example, where the water meter is located, how often would you need to change the furnace filter, or if an old water heater needs repair or replacement. You may take notes of these findings if you wish, but we suggest not bothering because it is going to be included in the inspection report. It is better to spend your time with the inspector by asking them questions.
Remember that safety is paramount during the inspection. Therefore, don’t get in the inspector’s way or do anything that jeopardizes anybody’s safety.
3. Not asking questions. Whether you ask questions during the inspection or after a report is issued, it is always expected. This is why you hire a professional home inspector who can inspect and help clients make an educated decision about their home purchase.
Don’t be embarrassed or uncomfortable to ask any question. It is the most significant investment in your life, and you need to know everything about it.
Inquire about the urgency of fixing an issue and the possible outcome if you do not fix it. Find out the time it would take for a system or appliance to last or the maintenance steps needed.
When it comes to making the final decision of purchasing the house, don’t ask a home inspector. For this, your real estate agent will be able to help you more.
4. Expecting a perfect report. An inspection report lists all the deficiencies and issues found by the inspector. Any house, even a newly constructed one will have some issues. Therefore, the buyer shouldn’t be surprised if the report shows that the property is not perfect.
The main point is to find out the major problems (roof, foundation, HVAC equipment, and windows) as well as the minor problems (which can include anything other than the above four issues).
A major problem can be negotiated with the seller with assistance from the real estate agent, while a minor problem can be fixed after the purchase.
5. Avoiding additional testing. Sometimes, the inspector recommends further evaluation by a specialist, because they suspect a major issue with a house component. For example, if the inspector suspects a significant issue with the furnace, they would recommend an evaluation by an HVAC technician.
Some buyers don’t take this step seriously because they want to save money or close the deal quickly and decide to skip additional testing or evaluation. This could be a costly mistake by the buyer. A specialized technician will inspect the suspicious component and suggest adequate remedies which will provide the buyer with peace of mind and save them a fortune in future repairs.
If you are looking for residential and commercial inspections in Toronto, consult the experts at Lighthouse Inspections - Toronto Centre. We have over thirty years of knowledge and experience in construction, renovation and project management. We offer a range of standard home inspection services comprising of pre-listing, pre-purchase, pre-sale, property inspection, and commercial inspection services. We are available anytime throughout the week to identify any major problem and provide repair advice.