If you’re planning to buy a new house in the near future, you probably already know that there will be a number of different parts to the process. You probably also know that a number of the expenses associated with buying a home can be negotiated. But one expense you’ll want to pay top dollar for is a home inspection. Home inspections provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your new home is in good condition. But how do home inspections work? Here’s what you should know.
Sellers Can’t Disclose What They Don’t Know
It can be tempting to simply take the seller’s word that the house is in good condition, but without an inspection, you’ll never know what issues might be lurking throughout the home – issues the seller may not even know about. A professional home inspector has years of expertise in locating and diagnosing common (and less common) problems with homes, so you’ll know exactly what you’re buying before you buy it.
What Does a Home Inspection Cover?
During a home inspection, your licensed home inspector will examine the major systems of the home in question. Home inspections involve an on-site visual evaluation of the home and are followed by a written report. The home inspection is designed to pinpoint components of the house that are unsafe, deficient in some manner, or reaching the end of their usable lifespan. Home inspections usually include examination of the roof, structure, exterior, heating and A/C systems, electrical systems, plumbing, insulation, ventilation system, and interior. Home inspections typically do not cover spas, swimming pools, exterior buildings, alarm systems, or cosmetic issues.
How to Choose a Home Inspector
When buying a property, you’ll want to carefully select a qualified home inspector. In BC, all home inspectors must be licensed through one of four associations. To legally operate as a home inspector, they must have a current license in good standing. You can search through a database of licensed home inspectors at the Consumer Protection BC website. Consumer Protection BC also maintains a database of enforcement actions taken against home inspectors, so you can ensure your home inspector is reputable.
Next, you’ll want to contact home inspectors you’re considering and ask them for referrals from past clients. Read up on the home inspectors’ qualifications and experience. Not all home inspectors are created equal, so you’ll need to do your research.
Home inspections can be easy if you hire a qualified, impartial inspector. Here at Kirk Chamberlain and Associates, we know what to expect with respect to home inspections, and we can help you navigate the process. To learn more about home inspections, call Chamberlain Property Group at (778) 476-7778