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.
Keeping your feet warm is the key to comfort, which is one reason why homeowners are increasingly turning to hydronic radiant heating systems over conventional methods.
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 may also encourage more offers from nervous buyers who are reluctant to proceed without an inspection. 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 clients' 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.
The subterranean termite Reticulitermis flavipes (Kollar) is probably the most destructive and widely distributed species in North America. This species has acclimatized to southern Ontario to such a degree that 27 municipalities report some degree of infestation.
Ontarians deserve access to clean, safe water. This means keeping water free of pollutants and contaminants that could harm the environment and human health.
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.