Cost-conscious consumers sometimes find out too late that trying to save money on an inspection can result in an inadequate report. More often homebuyers find that the advertised fees for home inspections don’t always include things like basement apartments and woodstoves.
In response to a flood of inquiries about getting into the home inspection business, we offer the following notes on becoming a Professional Home Inspector, which we hope are helpful in evaluation of this profession as a career objective.
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In April 2017 after decades of debate among home inspectors and our scattered professional associations, the Ontario government passed The Home Inspection Act to establish minimum standards for inspection, as well as qualifications for inspectors.
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.
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.
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Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.