Choosing A Home Inspector

When it comes to making a major decisions in your life, like the decision to purchase a home, it just makes sense to seek out expert advice from a professional home inspector. Take the time necessary to choose the right person or inspection firm that will represent you, and who will give the expert advice you need.

Your offer should be subject or contingent to a satisfactory home inspection. Offers can also be contingent upon loan approval, receipt of acceptable strata minutes or disclosure packets, the sale of property, lawyer approval as well as other conditions you may think are necessary.

Make sure, as part of your offer, you have asked for adequate time to have a home inspections done on the property. Usually seven to ten days is adequate time to arrange an inspection. You should get a written report either right after the inspection or within a few days. You should carefully read the report and allow time to properly assimilate the information. Occasionally, there may be a concern with the property, that requires a specialist to view. Make sure there is adequate time to have additional specialists view the property. It is very important that all time lines be followed and all contingencies are removed exactly the way the contract describes.

Usually the best way to find a home inspector is through referrals from a friend, colleague, or family. This should help narrow down your selection. Check with the Canadian Association of Home Inspectors at 1-800-610-5665 for a list of Registered Professional Home Inspectors in your area. Ideally, you should select the home inspector, after all the home inspector is there to represent you. Select a home inspection firm you feel comfortable with, and make sure the inspection firm is representing your best interest, not the realtor's best interest.

When selecting the home inspector or the inspection firm check their qualifications, track record and errors-and-omissions insurance. Home inspectors should belong to a professional association, such as the Canadian Association of Home Inspectors. This is your assurance the home inspector you have selected has proper training and expertise to inspect your home. Do not use inspectors who want to do any repair work for you, because that should be viewed as a conflict of interest.

Your home inspection should be scheduled during daylight hours. If the home is vacant, arrangements should be made to ensure all utilities are on. Accompany the home inspector during the inspection, bring a friend, or you can ask your agent to go. Having the seller's agent attend the inspection, just if in case, the home inspector turns up any major defects, everyone will have a chance to see it.

Be prepared to follow the home inspector. Wear old clothes, bring a flashlight, note pad, tape measure. If the home has had any previous inspections or disclosures, ask for a copy of the inspection report(s) from the seller and any seller disclosures to review with the home inspector.