What to Expect in a Home Inspection

What to Expect in a Home Inspection

  02 Nov 2018

Fallen in love with a new house? Well, before you buy it, you probably have to sell yours and in order to do that whoever buys your home is probably going to want a home inspection. Now, this can be frustrating to those who believe they have a keen eye and are able to tell the buyer of any issues with the home – after all, you’ve lived there for years, you know the ins and outs of that place! While you might have a keen eye, these professionals are trained and experience in checking out the pros and cons of a home.

What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an important part of the buying process which is not meant to criticize the property in question, but provide the buyer with the opportunity to learn more things about it that will help them determine whether it’s the right fit for their family. According to Lorne Cooper of Century 21 in Newmarket, ON, “the purpose of a home inspection is to check for any major defects on the property and not nitpick at minor things.” So worry less about the paint job and more about what’s under that paint.

What a Home Inspector Does
So, what exactly are the things that your home inspector will check? A good inspector for will check the physical structure and internal system of the house including the following:

● Structure – The foundation and framing should be sturdy enough to face different weather conditions
● Roofing – Are there any issues with the shingles, drainage, skylight, and chimney?
● Plumbing – Your inspector will point out things like rusty pipes and weak water pressure which might spell problems for you in the future.
● Electrical System – This includes inspection of things like the breakers, conductors, switches and light fixtures.
● HVAC System – Are the vents clean? Is the installed equipment working well enough?
● Exterior – The home inspector will check if the gate, driveway, patio, and windows are in good condition.
● Interior – Your chosen house’s doors, walls, ceiling, flooring, permanent cabinets, stairs, and railing should be in good working condition as well.
● Ventilation and Insulation – Is the exhaust working properly in areas like the kitchen and bathroom? Are the attic and other rooms well insulated?
● Appliances – The inspection will also include the installed appliances like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

One of the things that you must remember during the inspection is that instead of aesthetics, a home inspector is a hired professional whose job is to focus on the overall state of the house. He also won’t be able to inspect areas like the septic tank which aren’t accessible to him. Moreover, while the inspector will try his best to find out about the presence of rats, mold, fungus, termites, asbestos and hazardous waste, there are other professionals that have the proper training for this.

The Inspection Report

After the inspection, the buyer can expect to receive an extensive but easy to read report which includes checklists and summaries of the different sections of the house. Hopefully, this will help them to decide whether you should commit to buying the house. Should you go forward with the house purchase, the report will guide you on what improvements need to be done to your chosen home.

Many first time sellers get stressed out when a potential buyer wants a home inspection done, but it really is not something to get too worried about. While you might find the odd person who uses it as a way to back out of a sale, most people are simply protecting themselves and money. It is understandable to want to know what kind of issues are likely to arise in the coming months or years. Remember, if you have any hesitations or questions about a home inspection your realtor will be able to provide you with some more insight and information as to what is going to happen.


– Written by Katelyn Moyle

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