Consider having any home you’re thinking of buying inspected by a knowledgeable and professional inspector.
The home inspector’s role is to inform you on the property’s condition and will tell you if something is not functioning properly, needs to be changed, or is unsafe. You will also discover repairs that need to be done and may become aware of past problems.
Every inspection should include an evaluation of at least the following:
- Doors and windows
- Roof and exterior walls
- Plumbing and electrical systems
- Heating and air conditioning systems
- Ceilings, walls, and floors
- Septic tanks, wells, or sewer lines
- Other buildings, such as a detached garage
- The lot, including drainage, slopes, and natural vegetation
- Structural integrity of the buildings
- Common areas (in the case of a condominium/strata or cooperative)
There is no uniform certification or mandatory testing for home inspectors. Anyone can claim to be a home inspector. A good home and property inspector generally belongs to an industry association, such as the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors.
Home inspector fees are generally $200 and more, depending on the size and condition of the home.