A home inspection is an objective visual examination of
a home's structure and systems.
Why get a home inspection?
There are a number of reasons why RE/MAX recommends a home inspection
- To ensure you are not surprised by major defects
- So you can be advised about the various elements of the home
including - heating and cooling systems, structure, electrical
- To learn about how the mechanical systems work and need to
- Most homeowners are not expert in the numerous components of
- A third party can be objective as there is no emotional attachment
Who should you hire?
Home inspectors are often referred by family or friends. Your RE/MAX
agent can also provide you with a list of inspectors. Look for one
that is trained and certified by a national organization such as
Canadian Association of Home Inspectors (CAHI) or National Institute
of Building Inspectors (NIBI) and who has errors and omissions insurance.
Do not hire someone who will do any suggested work due to the conflict
When should you call?
Order the inspection after your offer has been accepted. The contact
will stipulate the length of time you have to complete the inspection.
What is involved?
The home inspection will determine the structural and mechanical
soundness of the home. Your home inspector can identify existing
and potential problem areas, suggest possible solutions and provide
estimates for the cost of the work required. You will receive a
report outlining the inspection findings. You should accompany the
home inspector during the inspection or arrange to meet them at
the home so they can walk you through the report. If as a result
of the inspection, you have further concerns, have a specialist
in that area conduct a more extensive examination.
What does it cost?
Costs vary depending on a number of factors including: size and
location of the home, features, age, and services required. Additional
services may include radon, septic and well testing. Your RE/MAX
agent can assist you in obtaining a quote from a potential inspector
before you enlist his/her services.