Is a Home Inspection Brampton worth the money?
Very simply, a house is the single largest investment most individuals will ever make. More and more purchasers are coming to understand the wisdom of a thorough home inspection prior to committing to its purchase. Home inspections have proven to be a positive and educational experience for prospective home buyers. An impartial inspection by a professional National Home Inspector (NHI) or Registered Home Inspector Brampton(RHI) will provide a large measure of protection from unpleasant surprises and allow you to make an informed decision about your purchase.
Having a professional home inspection may also reveal serious issues with a property you intend on purchasing. Is the home in an area known to be subject to Radon Gas? Is there any chance that the home was a former Marijuana Grow Operation or a Meth Lab? The fact that a house may not appear on the Ottawa Police listing of known properties that were former grow ops, is no guarantee that this house wasn't. Would you know what to look for? Is the home in an area known for unstable soil conditions? These are all issues that a professional home inspector will make you aware of during your home inspection. Miss them, and your family's health and safety may be at risk, not to mention the hole it will burn in your pocketbook to resolve them.
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The purpose of an inspection is to determine the condition of a property at the time of purchase, or afterwards in cases involving litigation, in order to disclose the following:
- serious deficiencies (usually defined as repairs in excess of $1,500)
- replacement and repair requirements
- age and life expectancy of major components
- positive aspects of the home
- maintenance and safety information
What do you Inspect?
The following is part of a standard home inspection: country home
- Slope, grading and drainage of the property
- Foundation and exterior walls
- Porches and decks
- Windows, doors, headers and sills
- Fascia, soffits and eaves troughs
- Roof, flashings, vents and chimneys
- Garage, carport and outbuildings anatomy of home
- Foundation walls, basement floor, posts and beams
- Waterproofing, moisture penetration, wood rot, etc.
- Electrical service and wiring
- Plumbing supply, waste drainage and fixtures
- Heating, air conditioning (summer only) and ventilation
- Floors, walls, ceilings, doors and windows
- Attic insulation and ventilation
Typically an inspection takes between 2 and 3 hours, occasionally longer, and includes an examination of all the major systems such as roofing, structural, exterior and interior finishes, electrical, heating/air conditioning, insulation, plumbing and related components.
A professional Home Inspection Brampton does not include appraisals, exact quotations for repairs, noncompliance with building code requirements, and is not intended to provide guarantees or warranties. Well water analysis and septic inspections are not part of a standard home inspection but very important. We would suggest that you have both of these areas addressed by professionals in those specialties. Several Laboratories provide water sample vials that may be collected and filled by the purchaser and submitted to the lab for analysis. Air Conditioners can not be inspected except during summer months (typically May to September). Pools and spas are not included as inspection items. Wood burning appliances such as fireplaces and wood stoves would require an separate inspection by a WETT inspector (Wood Energy Technology Transfer). Some fire insurance companies provide discounts for WETT inspected and approved properties.
Knowing what to expect will help you make an informed decision about the value of your home as well as the costs of future upkeep. Check out our information on Preparing for the Inspection. Two articles taken from the "Ottawa Citizen" and well worth reading are: Home Inspections Pay Dividends and Inspect Before You Seal the Deal.