Most of us will never buy anything bigger than a house, and we typically find ourselves juggling several different issues when shopping for one. In today's world we're forced to place an ever-increasing emphasis on energy efficiency. Energy consumption levels are directly related to personal comfort, affordability, and to the resale value of the home.
Your home inspection report should be delivered as soon as possible after the inspection. A good inspection report is delivered in an easy-to-read format, ideally including photos detailing areas of interest or concern in your new home.
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Have you ever wondered why your neighbors never surface from their home, rarely have any garbage to pick up, always have the blinds down or windows covered, come and go at unusual hours and never invite you over for a barbecue? If this is the case, there is a possibility you are living beside a grow house. With an estimated 50,000 grow houses in Canada, there is growing concern about health, fire, safety, and structural implications for home buyers. But what risk is there in owning a grow home?
Although architectural details, wall and floor coverings, modern conveniences and many other factors are important in the buying decision, the focus of this home inspection is on the structural and mechanical condition of the property.
Not really. There are several reasons why an inspection might take longer than you expected.
A pre-listing home inspection - one that is obtained by the seller or their agent before a house is listed for sale – can positively influence a home buyer’s decision. It signals openness about the condition of the home and reduces the likelihood of unpleasant surprises - things that could potentially slow the transaction or bring the price down. Realtors who recommend pre-list inspections give their client's homes a marketing advantage.
Confirming accessibility requirements.
In addition to granny, a granny flat can contain some dire pitfalls for a new owner and anyone involved in the sale of such a unit. It’s one more thing for real estate professionals to be concerned about, because the consequences of having an apartment declared illegal or closed down can be disastrous to the purchaser, who may seek compensation from Realtors, home inspectors or anyone who didn’t issue all the appropriate warnings.
There's an epidemic sweeping Ontario which represents health, safety and liability risks to Realtors, appraisers and anyone else entering homes contaminated with chemicals used to grow or manufacture illegal drugs.
You’re a Realtor and your buyers want to bring their parents to the home inspection. Not a terrible idea in itself… unless it’s the first time they’re seeing the house!
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.